Last night in the RORC Caribbean 600, the closest battle in any class was decided, the two remaining yachts racing showed great fighting spirit until the end.
Late yesterday evening, the Army Sailing Association’s A40, British Soldier crossed the finish line. The team largely consists of British soldiers on leave from active duty in Afghanistan, but not entirely. Two of the crew were from the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force and had no offshore sailing experience. The Antiguans put there hands up for the trip and were shown the ropes by some of the more experienced members of the crew. British Soldier had a fine start to the race and sailed intelligently around the track to claim a well deserved win in Class Two, showing dedication to duty, but also allowing the soldiers a relaxing shakedown from their vital role.
British Soldier had a great race, but by the end they were fighting off a rear guard action from Christian Reynolds' Swan 51 Northern Child. Reynolds charters his pride and joy at sailing regattas all over the world: “Northern Child is all about the experience of sailing and enjoying time away from the stress of life. We were a little deflated at the end losing out by so little, but I think I can speak for all of the crew by saying that this has been a thought-provoking adventure not to be missed.”.
There was another great between several yachts finishing in Class One. Andy Middleton’s First 47.7 EH01 claimed second overall in class with Richard Balding’s Swan 60 Fenix third. Philippe Falle’s First 50 Hydrocarbon Logic and Ondeck’s Farr 65 Spirit of Minerva also finished this lively race which was a great achievement.
First 40.7s Spirit of Athena, skippered by AYC (Antigua Yacht Club) and RORC member John Duffy, and Coyote skippered by RORC member Peter Hopps, finished the RORC Caribbean 600 on Friday afternoon, wrapping up a fantastic event. Coyote was the last boat to cross the line, but beat Athena on handicap. The two boats had been locked in a private battle all the way around the course. Not everybody gets to race a ballistic maxi, but there are many races within the event, which are just as important. The two production yachts had their own private gentleman’s duel from start to finish.
The third edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 could be described as a ‘coming of age’ of a new offshore racing classic. Already interest is pouring in from future competitors. The race around 11 Caribbean islands provides some of the most spectacular racing conditions and scenery anywhere else in the world. It has attracted a huge variety of yachts and competitors and there is almost unanimous agreement, the RORC Caribbean 600 is a tough race with big wind and waves. It is exciting and a joy to experience.
Tonight all of the competitors will be joined by the race management team and dedicated volunteers from the Antigua Yacht Club at the closing party. Rock band, Itchy Feet will play out the event after winners collect there prizes, not everyone will end up on the podium but anybody involved with the RORC Caribbean 600 can rightly feel a sense of pride, this race has most definitely come of age.
|Pos||Sail No||Boat||Type||Owner||Sailed by||Elapsed||Handicap||Corrected|
|1||USA25555||Rambler 100||JK 100||George David||1 - 16:20:02||1.865||3 - 03:13:22|
|2||CAN84248||Vela Veloce||Southern Cross 52||Richard Oland||2 - 08:47:46||1.376||3 - 06:09:05|
|3||GBR115L||Sojana||Farr 115||Peter Harrison||2 - 05:19:53||1.538||3 - 10:01:25|
|4||AUS5299||Jazz||Cookson 50||Chris Bull||2 - 12:27:03||1.359||3 - 10:09:10|
|5||GBR1R||ICAP Leopard||Farr 100||Mike Slade||Mike Slade/Clarke Murphy||1 - 21:17:16||1.82||3 - 10:25:26|
|6||IRL5005||Lee Overlay Partners||Cookson 50||Adrian Lee||2 - 13:56:20||1.339||3 - 10:56:10|
|7||GBR22N||Aegir||Carbon Ocean 82||Brian Benjamin||2 - 07:09:26||1.511||3 - 11:20:33|
|8||GBR4321R||Oystercatcher XXVIII||Humphreys 54||Richard Matthews||2 - 13:48:33||1.39||3 - 13:54:53|
|9||NED46||Tonnerre de Breskens 3||Ker 46||Piet Vroon||2 - 20:42:36||1.257||3 - 14:22:06|
|10||LTU1000||Ambersail||VO 60||Simonas Steponavicius||2 - 13:03:23||1.421||3 - 14:45:40|
|11||GBR4778R||EH01||First 47.7||Global Yacht Racing||Andy Middleton||3 - 08:35:07||1.113||3 - 17:41:29|
|12||GBR9660R||Fenix||Swan 60||Richard Balding||3 - 01:42:23||1.218||3 - 17:46:28|
|13||GBR1429L||British Soldier||A 40||Army Sailing Association||Nick Bate||3 - 11:12:23||1.094||3 - 19:01:40|
|14||US60006||Venomous||Carroll Marine 60||Derek Saunders||2 - 19:26:50||1.351||3 - 19:07:16|
|15||USA60271||Ocean's Seven²||Fauroux 104'||OSML Ltd||JP Chomette||2 - 20:16:44||1.337||3 - 19:17:20|
|16||GBR50L||Hydrocarbon Logic||First 50||Sailing Logic Ltd||Philippe Falle||3 - 07:19:40||1.156||3 - 19:42:10|
|17||ITA15561||Hagar II||Felci 61||Gregor Stimpfl||2 - 23:32:43||1.287||3 - 20:04:44|
|18||GBR5951T||Northern Child||Swan 51||Christian Reynolds||3 - 12:53:47||1.087||3 - 20:16:57|
|19||GBR8651R||Spirit of Minerva||Farr Millenium 65||Ondeck||Tim Scarisbrick||3 - 05:11:27||1.246||4 - 00:10:47|
|20||NED001||Windrose Of Amsterdam||Dijkstra 40m Schooner||Andrew McIrvine||2 - 16:29:25||1.538||4 - 03:11:10|
|21||GBR9042T||Coyote||First 40.7||Peter Hopps||4 - 02:10:45||1.06||4 - 08:04:12|
|22||GBR9052T||Spirit Of Athena||First 40.7||Ondeck Sailing||John Duffy||4 - 01:56:46||1.066||4 - 08:24:38|
|USA8390||Genuine Risk||Dubois 90 Custom||USMMA Sailing Foundation||Hugo Stenbeck||DNS||1.723|
|TRI9||High Tension||Mumm 36||Bernard Evan-Wong||DNF||1.091|
|IRL7600||Lilla||C.N.B. Briand 76||DP Yachts Ltd||Simon de Pietro||1.185|
|GER6003||Pogo 2||Class 40||Markus Seebich||1.188|
|RSA3625||Ocean Warrior||Class 40||Lenjohn Van Der Wel||1.256|
|CAY80002||Selene||Swan 80||Wendy Schmidt||1.342|