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    66 yachts started the 7th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600, with hundreds of race fans watching the impressive fleet from Fort Charlotte and Shirley Heights. Thousands more are now glued to the tracker and social media feeds. After a classic start in 15 knots of easterly trade winds, the fleet powered past the Pillars of Hercules, heading for Green Island where they will bear away and accelerate towards Barbuda, the only mark of the 600-mile course around 11 stunning Caribbean islands.

    Lloyd Thornburg's MOD 70 Phaedo3, with Michel Desjoyeaux and Brian Thompson on board, had a conservative start with Petro Jonker's cruising catamaran, Quality Time crossing the line first. Phaedo3 lit the blue touch paper at Green Island, blasting through the surf at well over 30 knots. The lime-green machine reached Barbuda in less than two hours, well ahead of record pace and eight miles ahead of Peter Aschenbrenner's Irens 63, Paradox.

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    In the second start, 19 yachts in IRC Two and Three started the 600-mile race. For most of the crews racing in the smaller yachts it will be three or four days before they complete the challenge. Ed Fishwick's Sunfast 3600, Redshift, skippered by Nick Cherry, got a great start at the pin-end with Ross Applebey's Oyster 48, Scarlet Oyster, judging the inner distance mark to perfection. Andy Middleton's First 47.7, EH01 and Scarlet Oyster were the first yachts in IRC Two to reach Green Island and it is likely that these two will be neck-and-neck for the duration of the race. In IRC Three, Peter Scholfield's HOD 35, Zarafa was leading on the water at Green Island. However the Two Handed team racing Louis-Marie Dussere's JPK 10.10, Raging Bee was the leader in class after time correction.

    Jonathan Bamberger's Canadian J/145, Spitfire and Joseph Robillard's S&S 68, Black Watch got the best start in the 15 strong fleet racing in IRC One. However, Jose Diego-Arozamena's Farr 72, Maximizer,revelled in the upwind start to lead on the water at Green Island. Oyster 625, Lady Mariposa, sailed by Daniel Hardy had a great leg to Green Island as did James Blakemore's Swan 53, Music which was leading after time correction.

    The penultimate start featured 21 yachts racing in IRC Zero and Canting Keel, arguably the best fleet of offshore sailing yachts that has ever been seen in the Caribbean. A highly competitive start saw Piet Vroon's Ker 51, Tonnerre 4, win the pin, while Ron O'Hanley's Cookson 50, Privateer took the island shore route to perfection. Farr 100, Leopard sailed by Christopher Bake, also had a great start, controlling the boats to leeward heading for the Pillars of Hercules.

    Hap Fauth's Maxi 72, Bella Mente had a sensational first leg of the race, rounding Green Island first out of the IRC Zero class, but all eyes were on George David's Rambler 88, as the powerful sled turned on the after burners. George David's new speed-machine could well break his own monohull course record; at Barbuda Rambler 88 was almost five miles ahead of the ghost track of the record set by Rambler 100.

    Two of the world's most magnificent schooners were the last class to start. Athos and Adela started their match race in the pre-start and there is no doubt that the battle of the titans will continue throughout the race. Athos won the pre-start in some style, chasing Adela downwind and away from the line, before rounding up onto the breeze and crossing the line over a boat length ahead of her rival. However, Adela was far better suited to the beat up to Green Island and led as the two schooners continued their rivalry towards Barbuda.

    Note: Liquid, Pamala C Baldwin’s J/122 and Quality Time, Petro Jonker’s Du Toit 51 catamaran retired at the start following boat damage. All of the crew are well.

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    Smoking! The Big Tri is 1/2 way done!


    • #3
      On Record Pace

      By dawn on the second day of the RORC Caribbean 600, the vast majority of the 64-strong fleet were negotiating the chicane of islands to the northern end of the course, weaving through the stunning islands of Saba, St.Martin and St.Barths. However Lloyd Thornburg's MOD 70, Phaedo3, was literally miles ahead of the fleet. Screaming down the big reach out of St.Barths, Phaedo3 entered the stealth zone at Guadeloupe to the south at 0300 this morning. The 'Green Flash' has been averaging over 20 knots of boat speed since the start and at that rate will smash the course record by 10 hours.

      George David's Juan Kouyoumdjian designed maxi, Rambler 88 has been charging round the course at an average speed of 15 knots. At 0600 this morning Rambler 88 had reached the half way stage. In real time they are on course for the monohull record, but their average speed must be maintained or increased if Rambler 88 is to set a new benchmark.

      A fascinating battle is developing for the overall winner of the RORC Caribbean 600, which is decided after IRC time correction. At 0600 on Day Two, Hap Fauth's JV72, Bella Mente, had the best corrected time of the 54 yachts still racing under IRC. Rambler 88, although ahead on the water, is over two hours behind Bella Mente on corrected time. These two yachts will be the first of the IRC fleet to enter the 'twilight zone'. Bella Mente's navigator, Ian Moore spoke about the difficult passage around Guadeloupe before the start of the race.

      “The RORC have decided that the tracker player will be switched off so that yachts cannot see how the competition negotiate the tricky wind shadow behind Guadeloupe,” commented Ian Moore. “The wind is forecast to decrease in strength and shift to the south, just as Bella Mente arrives at the 'twilight zone'. We have been runner-up twice in this race and how well we handle the wind shadow may well decide our overall performance in the race.”

      Piet Vroon's Ker 51, Tonnerre 4 is having a full-on battle with Peter Harrison's TP52, Sorcha for IRC Zero and third overall. At 0600 this morning just one mile, or six minutes after time correction, was the separation. The two all-carbon fibre flyers are revelling in a high speed showdown relying on muscle power and shrewd tactics alone. Tonnerre 4's Frank Gerber sent in this message by satellite link:

      “Eyes stinging from the salt water firehouse, so excuse the poor spelling. Hard work so far, we have lost count of the sail changes but the boys are joking and smiling. Just passed St.Barths and we are still reeling from the adrenalin of the first leg to the laid mark where Paul Wilcox clocked 25 knots with the FR0 (fractional code 0), a wild wet ride.”

      At 0600 on Day Two, IRC One featured several yachts enjoying a close battle. After time correction James Blakemore's South African crew racing Swan 53, Music was leading the class with William Coates’ Texan Ker 43, Otra Vez in second and Oyster 625 Lady Mariposa, sailed by Daniel Hardy, third. In IRC Two, two old friends are duking it out at the top of the leaderboard. Ross Applebey's Oyster 48, Scarlet Oyster and Andy Middleton's First 47.7, EH01 were recording the same average speed and the same distance to finish, heading to the northern most part of the course.

      Lucy Reynold's Swan 51, Northern Child is going well, third in class.

      “We had a great start mid line going over the line within seconds of the gun," commented Lucy Reynolds. "Scarlet Oyster were to our leeward and EHO1 were to windward of us and I was happy we had a clear lane and didn't get stuck in the dirty air of other yachts. We tacked half a dozen times to stay close to the shore out of the stronger current and to get any lifts that were coming around the headlands. At Green Island, the bigger yachts ahead disappeared but it wasn't just due to boat speed, a ferocious squall with rain like daggers pelted the crew and the boat but soon we had dried out, blasting towards Barbuda with our two rail hissing in the blue water. Before sunset we bore away around the Barbuda mark eased the sheets and got ready to peel to the running Asymmetric spinnaker. All manoeuvres complete, I have headed to my bunk to get some rest before we get to Nevis.”

      At dawn, the two gigantic schooners racing in the Superyacht Class are approaching a fascinating part of the course. Adela and Athos are side-by-side entering the Anguilla Channel. The crews of both yachts will be getting fully stuck into some major physical activity as the two yachts enjoy a 'pistols at dawn', multiple tacking duel. It takes 35 crew to race Athos and 34 to race Adela and while there is no doubt the two teams are great friends, the rivalry between them is extreme and no quarter will given or taken. Adela leads on IRC handicap but this fight is all about the first boat to finish and Skippers Greg Norwood-Perkins (Adela) and Antony Brookes (Athos) want that barrel of English Harbour Rum to give to their crew back in Antigua.

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      Phaedo 3 with 130 nm to finish, appear set to crush the old record!

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      • #4
        A Record Smashing Good Time

        Phaedo 3 rounds final mark and is in homestretch to demolish the RORC Caribbean 600 Record!
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        • #5
          Maserati Retires

          Maserati abandons RORC Caribbean 600 Race after breakage aboard

          Just a few minutes before 18.00 local time this evening (23.00 in Italy), Giovanni Soldini announced that Maserati had been forced to pull out of the RORC Caribbean 600 Race after a hydraulic tube fitting for the keel broke. It would be impossible for Maserati to continue the race without being able to move the keel.

          “It was a completely unforeseeable and fatal occurrence,” Soldini said. “A fitting on a tube that feeds the hydraulic pump for the keel just exploded and the bilge filled with oil. We can’t move the keel at all now. It’s a real pity because the race was brilliant until then. Thrilling and very competitive. We really were giving it our all. We were going head to head with Bella Mente which we had caught up with again heading for Guadeloupe. Maserati’s crew proved themselves to be a great team. When the tube burst, we were lying third overall with Bella Mente, just behind Rambler and Leopard. We were second in elapsed time and first in our class. But now we’re going to make our way slowly back to Antigua.”

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          • #6
            Newflash: Phaedo3 breaks RORC Caribbean 600 Multihull Record

            Lloyd Thornburg's MOD 70, Phaedo3 crossed the finish line in Antigua at 20:35:30 AST on 25th February 2015 in an elapsed time of 1 day, 9 hours, 35 minutes and 30 seconds.

            Phaedo3 has broken the multihull race record set by Claude Thelier and John Burnie's ORMA 60, Region Guadeloupe by 6 hours, 35 minutes and 35 seconds.

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            • #7
              That's a record that could stand for a while!