RORC Vice Commodore Eric de Turckheim, racing his NMYD 54 Teasing Machine (FRA), is the overall winner under IRC for the 2023 Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Transatlantic Race.
Teasing Machine became the first boat to win the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina on two occasions; Teasing Machine also won overall in 2017. This year’s triumph follows an overall win under IRC for the 2022 Rolex Middle Sea Race, so Teasing Machine will be going for a hat trick of victories in the next RORC Caribbean 600.
“Winning the trophy for the second time after such an incredible race is fantastic,” said de Turckheim. “It was downwind all the way at huge speed, with very tough competition from Black Pearl, Rafale and Tulikettu. All these 50-footers are in different configuration, so Teasing Machine had to be in top, top form. The biggest battle was with Black Pearl; we were constantly watching each other on the tracker updates to see how we were performing. This year’s RORC Transatlantic Race is probably the most amazing race I have done. It was not individuality which gave us success, it was an incredibly good team with extraordinarily good team spirit.”