Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A Happy J/120 NUNATAK Completes Transatlantic Adventure

J/120 Nunatak crew (Port Louis, Grenada)- Chris Frost and Elin Haf Davies' J/120 NUNATAK crossed the finish line of the RORC Transatlantic Race 2015, just before midnight on 17th December 2015. NUNATAK was the only monohull to complete the race with just two crew, taking 19 days on a route of 3,800 miles.

Chris and Elin had always set out to finish the race for the closing party, which they have accomplished!! The RORC Transatlantic closing party took place at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina on Friday 18th December.

J/120 sailing Trans-Atlantic RORC RaceChris Frost is a highly experienced sailor, winning one World and two European Championships in his Swan, and owns the Hamble Boat Centre in Swanwick, Hampshire, UK. Elin Haf Davies, from Bala North Wales, only started yacht racing in 2011, but this was Elin's fourth oceanic crossing, albeit not always in a sailing boat!

Elin has previously rowed across the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean and sailed across the Pacific, from China to San Francisco. Elin has also played premiership rugby for London Wasps and won 13 rugby caps for Wales A Team!  For the 2012 London Olympic Games, Elin carried the Olympic Torch through Bangor, North Wales. Her love of sailing came through a meeting with the RORC Admiral, Andrew McIrvine, at one of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's crew parties. He decided to make Elin part of his crew for the Rolex Fastnet Race, which set the wheels in motion for Elin, who is now a member of the RORC.  The two-handed team received a huge welcome at Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina.  For more RORC TransAtlantic Race sailing information