Line Honours Results:
In 2014, the race saw its biggest storm yet. With a fleet of 37 boats on the start line, they screamed off towards Rio, racing to get above the swirling mass of havoc hurtling up the coast. Over the next 48 hours, most of the fleet were exposed to winds up to 60 knots and increasing wave heights. Winds and rough seas slammed into yachts on the first evening – leading to one fatality, three injuries and significant damage to the yachts. 11 Boats were forced to retire due to breakages. The rest of the fleet managed to hold out and soon found themselves in the trade winds pushing them at comfortable speeds towards the finish.
Crossing the line first and smashing the record was the Italian Open 70, Maserati skippered by Giovanni Soldini with a time of 10 days 11 hours 29 minutes. Three days behind them was the Australian team aboard the custom Reichel Pugh 52-footer Scarlet Runner finishing 2nd overall with a time of 14 days 19 hours 1 minute skippered by Robert Date.
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