Only on the the ARC there is a racing division with twenty five monohulls competing but quite
incomprehensibly there is not a racing division for multihulls even if clearly some of the ones that are making the transat are racing.
This is a kind of amateurish and friendly race and even the racing division is not a high profile race.
|CNB Bordeaux 60|
I will not look at the smallest of the ARCs, the ARC + St Vincent that has not enough sailboats to provide interesting information.
The Neel proves one more time that their boats are very fast on a Transat. Some years ago they have showed that with a special 45, lighter than the standard model, that managed to be faster than the several bigger Outremer doing the ARC in that year.
|Nigel Irens 78|
We know that Catana are very fast catamarans and does not surprise that a 65 and a 50 have arrived in 4th and 5th but it comes as a surprise that a Stadtship 54 AC, a fast aluminium voyage boat, arrived ahead of them as well as a very fast CNB Bordeaux 60 (2nd and 3rd) and the same can be said of a little Pogo 36 that arrived not far from the two Catanas and just behind a well sailed and fast Jeanneau 51.
The 8th boat to arrive was another Neel trimaran, a 51, but already about 7 hours from the Pogo. All these boats have something in common: they are all contemporary designs.
Looking at the bigger ARC,where the first boats are almost finishing, and particularly to the bigger and faster boats, the 78ft Nigel Irens catamaran will arrive first after making a fast Transat but I would say that I am more impressed by the much smaller TS5 catamaran (51ft) that is very close and the JP54 that are not far and battling with a VOR65! and a 85ft Frers designed fast yacht.
Of course all these boats are extremely well sailed and do a lot high profile of racing but even so their performance is quite impressive as it is the one of a smaller TS 42, the small sister of the TS5, that is fighting with a Mylius 60 (a very impressive performance for a luxury yacht) and both trying to keep behind a Swan 80!, a Swan 82s!, a Volvo 60 and a 60ft fast catamaran, an Outremer 5x.
A bit behind a Shipman 63 and a Amel 64 are doing very well both ahead of all Oysters including three 825 and one 725. Of course we will have to look at the end at how much fuel they wasted and see if that is a significant factor or not.
Also doing well a X55, a "cheap" More 55 and a Jeanneau 57 but most of all an Azuree 40 and a Pogo 12.50, a First 45 and the 48ft Scarlet Oyster and its very good racing crew (they make all great classics on the two sides of the Atlantic).
Not far behind comes a First 40.7, a Grand Soleil 43. A bit behind a Hanse 420, another First 40.7 as well as a Hallberg Rassy 412, all going fast, as fast or faster than the second Outremer 51 and two big catamarans, a Sunreef 60 and a Graiger 60.
Among the condocats that are going fast deserve mention, besides the ones mentioned above, a Lagoon 52S and a Bali 5.4 that go at about the same pace of the First 40.7 that I have mentioned above.
When they arrive and the fuel consumption is known I will post on the comments about any rectification those numbers will provide and you guys fell free to post any comment regarding any boat that you think that has done a fast Transat.