Let’s continue looking at the arrivals on the ARC:
On the next group after that Lagoon 44 entered the first medium weight 45fter, the one I consider one of best boats of this type, the XC 45, a beautiful boat with somewhat classic lines:
then a bigger an very expensive performance cruiser, a Sweden 54, followed at close range by a mass market cruiser of the same size, a Beneteau Oceanis 54:
Then a bigger performance cruiser, a C&C 61 followed at close range by the first 36fter, a First 36.7
. Taking apart the Sunfast 3200, that is much more a racing boat than a cruiser, this was the first real “small” boat to finish the transat. Another Portuguese boat. Only three Portuguese boats on the Transat, the first one was that Lagoon 44 that finished ahead of many faster cats, this one, and a Dufour 40 that is not far. They all made a great Transat.
Then followed a bigger performance cruiser, a Grand Soleil 50. Some hours later come another group leading by a huge racer
, a Challenge 72 ,the boat they used on the Global Challenge. Now they use a faster new one), then the 2nd First 40.7, a performance cruiser:
then a cat, a privilege 585, a Discovery 57, an Oyster 54, an Oyster 53 and another mass production boat with some years, a Gib sea 51:
A discovery 55 and close to it the first mass production cruiser (not a performance boat) with 40ft or less, a Dufour 385:
Great sailing on this one by an old Finnish septuagenarian owner, with 40 years of ocean racing experience, and an Italian Captain that is a great sailor. Followed a Vand de Stadt Moorea, also going very fast:
Some hours later arrived a fast Outremer 42 (cat) that here was not so fast followed by an Hanse 495 and another small performance cruiser, a X-412:
followed by an Oyster 625, and a Spirit 56:
Great performance for this type of boat. These guys sail in style
then finished a Jeanneau 53, an Oyster 575, another fast cat, a Catana 471, an older Amel Maramu 2000 and the first Halberg Rassy, a 53fter, followed by a First 44.7 and the first 30fter, a brand new Pogo 30:
followed by an American Southerly 42 RST.
Just some words for the Pogo that made a great passage and for the Southerly that is the first medium weight 42fter to finish. I have to hide this from my wife
. This is her preferred sailboat. The boat has a swing keel a very good interior and it is a true deck saloon with a great all around view. I discarded the boat explained to her that it was a very slow boat
Conclusions: Much the same as on the last post with even more relevance for the number of Oysters and Discovery finishing on the head of the transat. Also a word for Beneteau and especially to the First line, with 4 boats among the first and with a 40.7 and a 36.7 doing a great performance.