Alex Thomson, sailing with Ken Howery on Tosca, a Gunboat 68 multihull, has retired from the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race.
Tosca was last reported to the north, near the island of Ponta Delgada. Tracker seems to indicate that they may have stopped there.
Ken Howery has now reported on his Instagram feed that the boat and crew of Gunboat 68 Tosca have safely arrived in The Azores.
The boat had taken on water which meant they “could not run the basic electrical systems necessary for the safety of the crew,” Howery concluded. “We hope to be back on the way to Grenada in the next few days.”
Pete Cunningham’s MOD70 Powerplay continues to lead for Line Honours with 1155nm to the finish.
Leading monohull is the Maxi Comanche, skippered by Mitch Booth.
Comanche is currently leading IRC Super Zero with Volvo 70 L4 Trifork, helmed by Joern Larsen, in second place. L4 Trifork is riding on better pressure from the northwest.
L4 Trifork is now estimated to be leading IRC Super Zero after time correction from Comanche. The Austrian Ocean Race Project’s VO65 Sisi, skippered by Gerwin Jansen is ranked third after gybing southwest after making a big gain to the north.
In IRC Zero, Mark Emerson’s A13 Phosphorus II (GBR) has made a massive gain north of the low and is estimated to be leading the class after IRC time correction.
The most southerly boat, Botin 56 Black Pearl (GER), helmed by Stefan Jentzsch, is still leading on the water, and looks to have made a big gain on their close rivals Max Klink’s Botin 52 Caro (CH) and David Collins’ Botin 52 Tala (GBR).
While in IRC ONE, Richard Palmer’s JPK 1010 Jangada (GBR) racing Two-Handed with Jeremy Waitt is still estimated to lead the class after IRC time correction.
Ross Applebey’s Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster (GBR) is still ranked second, but by a bigger margin of 12 hours. Andrew Hall’s Lombard 46 Pata Negra (GBR) is leading on the water and ranked third after IRC correction.