RORC Caribbean 600 – The Caribbean’s only offshore race attracted 578 sailors from 36 countries including a number of world-class Spanish sailors racing on the Volvo 70, Gran Jotiti and Swan 56, Clem.
Some of world’s most extraordinary yachts, five over 100ft, entered the race. The 214ft Baltic, Hetairos, skippered by Vincent Fauquenoy, took line honors, finishing the course in 2d 39m 32s.
Hetairos navigator, Marc Lagesse, admitted to being surprised to be the first yacht to finish. “From a navigator’s point of view, I got a few calls not quite right. However, we did have a few decisions work out for us by chance and I would always say it is better to be lucky than good,” Lagesse said.
Hetairos was pushed hard by George David’s Rambler and it was not until half way through the race that the big boat managed to pass the 90ft maxi.
Niklas Zennstrom’s JV72, Rán, was the next yacht home. Less than an hour behind Rambler, she claimed the overall win on corrected time.
“Team Rán have been looking forward to this race,” Zennstrom said. “The reason I was attracted to the race was that we enjoyed Antigua Sailing Week and the idea of an offshore race in the Caribbean is very appealing.”
The multihull record for this event has not been beaten since the inaugural race in 2009. The 63ft Trimaran, Paradox, skippered by Olivier Vigoureux, was first home but failed to better Region Guadeloupe’s record set in the inaugural race of 2009.
Colin Buffin’s Swan 62, Uxorious IV, was first to finish in IRC 1. They were followed some three and a half hours later by Amanda Hartley’s Swan 56, Clem. Hartley claimed the victory by a mere 21 seconds on corrected time.
In Class40, Christophe Coatnoan’s French Partouche and Christof Petter’s Austrian Vaquita slugged it out around the course with Vaquita finishing just 15 minutes ahead of Partouche. However, Vaquita failed to start the race correctly and to the crews’ disappointment, the class win went to Partouche.
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