November 22, 2015 saw an amazing fleet of 195 yachts coming from 27 nations set out from Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, heading to the Caribbean, as part of the inaugural Atlantic Rally Challenge, also known as the ARC. These include the SW102RS superyacht FARFALLA, as well as the SW72 sailing yacht FAR-OUT, both built by the prestigious South African shipyard, Southern Wind.
Luxury yacht FARFALLA has proved to be incredibly competitive, leading the fleet out into the Atlantic. Despite a problem with her Code 0 in the opening stages of the race, her crew have reached a maximum speed of 25,6 knots with an average speed of 13 knots over the 2100 nm already covered.
The Owner of the SW72 yacht FAR-OUT saw the ARC not only as an opportunity to complete his first transatlantic, but also to raise money for IntoUniversity, a fantastic educational charity that works to raise the aspirations, and improve the life chances of children facing considerable educational disadvantage. The vessel is currently in 15th position in Cruising A division.
Also setting sail for the Caribbean is the SW94 superyacht WINDFALL, currently participating in the RORC Transatlantic Race. This represents a highly competitive and thrilling race from Lanzarote to Grenada, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the International Maxi Association.
Skippered by Irish Olympic sailor Timothy Goodbody, luxury yacht WINDFALL made the best start to lead the Maxis to the first mark and after two days of race, she is scoring a first position in elapsed time both Overall and in her class, IRC Z. Southern Wind hope she will retain her second place title from last year race.
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