Records set to tumble in the RORC Caribbean 600
The first finishers in the RORC Caribbean 600 are expected in the early hours of tomorrow morning (Wednesday 20 February) local time, with every possibility that of at least one record being broken.
Peter Aschenbrenner's 63ft trimaran Paradox has virtually rounded Guadeloupe and is close to laying Les Desirades, the most westerly point of the course. Paradox, with multihull veteran Cam Lewis on board, is still on record pace and is expected to arrive back in Antigua in the early hours of tomorrow morning. Paradox needs to cross the line before 03:11:05 on Wednesday morning, to beat the ORMA 60 Region Guadeloupe's 2009 record of 40 hours 11 mins 5 secs. Paradox needs to cover 190 miles in 12 hours, which is very achievable.
In the Multihull Class Lloyd Thornburg's Gunboat 66 Phaedo took a big gamble this morning and rolled straight sixes. Leaving Montserrat to leeward meant that the team had to sail many more miles, but the 'buffalo girls' manoeuvre has resulted in Phaedo nearly catching up with ICAP Leopard and cementing her position as leader of the Multihull Class.
ICAP Leopard's attempt to eclipse George David's Rambler 100 monohull course record of 40 hours, 20 mins and 2 secs looks to be slipping away - she needs to finish by 04:10:02 on Wednesday morning and her current ETA is 0500. Owner Mike Slade commented: "Well here we are, flat out racing sitting at 18-20 knots of boat speed, covered in salt and even in the best offshore gear, still very sodden.
"We are trying to reclaim the monohull record for this super Caribbean 600 RORC race, set by us is 2009 and subsequently stolen by Rambler 100. Rambler as you will recall is now no more*, having capsized in the Rolex Fastnet but lo and behold, we can see her on the tracker, returning like Lazarus! We are now just an hour behind Rambler's record time and we are giving it our all."
In IRC Zero Hap Fauth's JV72 Mini Maxi Bellla Mente, has seared downwind from St Barths and at 1500 local time was beginning her approach to round Guadeloupe leading IRC Overall. However Ron O'Hanley's Cookson 50 Privateer is just 20 minutes behind on corrected time. Bella Mente has slowed significantly on the northeast corner of Guadeloupe and may have fallen into an area of light air. Privateer is very much in the running for the overall prize and look set to catch up her rival.
From on board Weir Kraken, RORC Admiral Andrew McIrvine reports: "The motley crew of eight on board Weir Kraken are all doing swimmingly well as we corner the headland of St Barths. The heat is certainly a challenge for the fair Celtic skin on board, with many now looking redder than the red dragon herself. Chef Llywelyn has been extremely busy in the galley serving scrumptious food for all and keeping morale high. As a result we're cracking along."