Day 19 Race Report: Curtain Closes on Transatlantic Race 2015

(Friday, July 17, 2015) –  Approaching the end of the third week of the Transatlantic Race 2015 and following the arrival at The Lizard this morning at 09:06:37 EDT (13:06:37 UTC) of Constantin Claviez’s Swan 441 Charisma, the tally now stands at 28 finishers, two still at sea, and five boats retired.
 
Of this latter group three boats - Amhas, Shearwater and Solution - have all successfully now reached Horta in the Azores while the remaining two - Brigand and Altair - pulled out earlier in the race and limped back to Newport, R.I., with technical issues.
 
The two boats still racing are Paul Anstey and Craig Rastello’s C&C 41 Dizzy and the appropriately named Persevere, Colin Rath’s Hanse 55. This morning at 0700 EDT (1100 UTC) Dizzy had 184 miles to go and was making 6.7 knots while yesterday at 1600 EDT (2000 UTC), Persevere was still 418 miles from the finish line at The Lizard off southern England making 5.8 knots. Their ETAs at The Lizard were Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon, respectively, with Dizzy claiming the prize for the longest crossing this year having been among the first starters on June 28, while Persevere set sail with the second group three days later.
 
Last night Colin Rath reported: “We have a clear night for the first time in four days; it has been mostly drizzling rain previously.  We are steadily sailing at 10 knots. We fixed the problems with our B & G instrument system. The crew is in good spirits and looking forward to starting the Coastal Race since we spent the whole Transatlantic Race trying to catch our fleet to no avail. Now with the second race, we have a clean slate to start with and hopefully we will hit the tides right. Persevere has plenty of food and the watermaker has been working well. The crew is well showered.”
 
Sailing on board Persevere is the race’s youngest competitor, 14 year old Breana Rath, Colin’s daughter. “Breana has been enjoying the race and has improved greatly in driving and sail trim,” reports her father. “Her personal best is driving Persevere at 16 knots, surfing waves. The boat record for the trip is 18.6 knots.
 
“All in all it has been a good first crossing for Persevere and we look forward to the Rolex Fastnet Race to improve further with our amateur crew racing together for the first time.”
 
The curtain call for race participants will be the Transatlantic Race 2015 Awards Ceremony Dinner on July 24, hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron at Cowes Castle on the Isle of Wight. The RYS is celebrating this year its Bicentenary with numerous events -- including the International Regatta in which many of the Transatlantic Race participants are competing in the lead up to the Rolex Fastnet Race in August.  
 
 
Podium Positions on Corrected Time:
 
IRC Overall: 
1. Lucky, 13d 11h 7m 41s 
2. Outsider, 13d 16h 51m 51s 
3. Mariette of 1915, 14d 8h 39m 48s
 
IRC Class 1:
1. Rambler 88, 14d 11h 38m 10s
2. Comanche, 14d 18h 40m 59s
 
IRC Class 2:
1. Lucky, 13d 11h 7m 41s 
2. Outsider, 13d 16h 51m 51s
3. Grey Power, 15d 17h 6m 29s
 
IRC Class 3:
1. Snow Lion, 14d 21h 44m 0s
2. Maximizer, 15d 12h 59m 30s
3. Prospector, 15d 16h 39m 4s
 
IRC Class 4:
1. Mariette of 1915, 14d 8h 39m 48s
2. Dorade, 14d 22h 12m 53s
3. Scarlet Oyster, 15d 2h 34m 18s
 
Class 40:
1. Stella Nova, 10d 7h 11m 44s
2. Visit Brussels, 11d 3h 9m 0s
3. Dragon, 11d 20h 12m 7s
 
Cruising:
1. Lady B, 16d 22h 14m 46s
2. Zephyr, 17d 10h 35m 51s
3. Charisma, (still to finish)
 
Classics:
1. Mariette of 1915, 14d 8h 39m 48s
2. Dorade, 14d 22h 12m 53s
 
Open Class:
1. Paradox, 12d 7h 33m 33s
2. Phaedo3, 13d 23h 12m 15s
 
 
Fastest multihull (elapsed time): Phaedo3 7d 2h 4m 5s
 
Fastest monohull (elapsed time): Comanche 7d 11h 35m 11s
 
 
Follow the Race:
 
 
Yellowbrick Tracking: http://yb.tl/transatlantic2015 (will be activated 24 hours before the first start, June 28 at 1400 EDT).
 
Yellowbrick Tracking on tablet or smart phone – You must first download the YB Races app, then within the app, add the TR2015 race. There is no charge to follow this race. 
Google Play/Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details? id=com.yellowbrick.raceviewer&hl=en
 
 
 
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