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Record 60 for the 6th RORC Caribbean 600 PDF Print
Sunday, 02 March 2014 21:31

Shockwave after the race finish. Credit:Kevin Johnson/kevinjohnsonphotography.com60 yachts from 11 different countries, with 682 crew from all over the world, took part in the 6th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 and enjoyed spectacular conditions and intense competition.

The start gun sounded at Fort Charlotte, high above the Pillars of Hercules, and the magnificent international fleet of yachts enjoyed a sparkling send-off with warm trade winds, Caribbean swell and brilliant sunshine.

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Shockwave Win Overall PDF Print
Friday, 28 February 2014 15:10

Shockwave at Redonda. Credit Tim Wright/photoaction.comWith all 60 yachts accounted for, the Royal Ocean Racing Club announces that the winner of the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy for the best yacht, overall in IRC on corrected time, is George Sakellaris' RP72, Shockwave. The trophy will be presented to the Shockwave crew at tonight's Prize Giving held at the Antigua Yacht Club.

"I have a great crew and it was an excellent race, lots of wind and the racing was very close," commented Shockwave's owner/driver George Sakellaris, shortly after finishing the race. "I have done many offshore races but this is the first time I have raced this one and it was against tough opposition. I think the winds were favourable to us and the Shockwave team used that to our advantage. At the end of the day, winning yacht races is all about the team performance more than anything else."

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Success for Antigua PDF Print
Friday, 28 February 2014 11:05
Quokka 8, skippered by Bernie Evan Wong. Credit: Tim Wright/photoaction.comSt. John's dentist, Bernie Evan Wong said he would be back for his 6th RORC Caribbean 600 with a bigger, faster boat and Grand Soleil 43, Quokka 8 delivered, taking Line Honours in IRC Two. The first time in the six year history of the race, that an Antiguan skippered yacht has taken line honours in any class.

"We pushed the boat to its limits; it was the hardest race I have done and so satisfying. The Quokka crew is very, very, experienced and although we had our differences, we all had one goal; to be the first to finish in our class and we have achieved that. It has been a privilege to sail with a truly great team and we have all contributed to our success; there is mutual respect between us all and a friendship that will last forever."

Jonty Layfield's Azuree 46, Sleeper is a brand new boat taking part in its first offshore race. Antiguan Laser sailor, Sean Malone was on board as a principal driver for the RORC Caribbean 600. Sleeper was second in class and only beaten by an hour by the highly experienced and successful Dutch team on Tonnerre de Breskens 3, a former RORC Yacht of the Year.

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Party Spirit Building in Antigua PDF Print
Thursday, 27 February 2014 15:44

Tales II, Spanish Class40. Credit: Tim Wright/photoaction.comAt 0800 on Day Four of the RORC Caribbean 600, 17 yachts had completed the race and six yachts had retired. George Sakellaris' American RP72, Shockwave, was the overall leader of the race for the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy, having set the bench mark corrected time of 3 days, 4 hours 16 minutes 38 seconds with Bella Mente in second place at this time. 18 yachts still racing have the ability to better that time to claim the overall prize.

For the second year in a row, the Class40 record for the RORC Caribbean 600 has been beaten. Gonzalo Botin's Tales II showed amazing speed around the course, breaking the 2013 course record set by Peter Harding and Hannah Jenner's 40 Degrees. Spanish entry, Tales II, was over three hours quicker than the previous record, finishing the 600 mile race in an elapsed time of 2 days, 16 hours 37 minutes 52 seconds.

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Fight to the Finish PDF Print
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 20:31

Bella Mente dockside at the finish. Credit: Kevin Johnson/kevinjohnsonphotography.comHap Fauth's JV72, Bella Mente, crossed the finish line in Antigua to take Monohull Line Honours for the 2014 RORC Caribbean 600 on Wednesday 26th February, in an elapsed time of 48 hours, 5 mins, 44 seconds. George David's RP90, Rambler, crossed the finish line in second place, just ten minutes later, and was followed by George Sakellaris's RP72, Shockwave, which finished third on the water and just over two minutes after Rambler.

Bella Mente, Rambler and Shockwave had an intense battle for 48 hours, with the lead changing on numerous occasions around the 600 mile course. After time correction Shockwave leads the race overall with Bella Mente second and Rambler third. Shockwave must wait for more yachts to finish the race before an overall winner can be announced.

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News Flash: Rambler and Shockwave finish PDF Print
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:53

George David's RP90, Rambler, crossed the finish line in second place on Wednesday 26th February in an elapsed time of 48 hours, 16 minutes. Rambler was swiftly followed by George Sakellaris's RP72, Shockwave, which finished third on the water with an elapsed time of 48 hours, 18 mins, 26 seconds. Shockwave finished just 2 minutes 26 seconds after Rambler.

Full report and pictures to follow shortly.

 
News Flash: Monohull Line Honours for Bella Mente PDF Print
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:27
Hap Fauth's JV72, Bella Mente, crossed the finish line in Antigua to take Monohull Line Honours for the 2014 RORC Caribbean 600 on Wednesday 26th February in an elapsed time of 48 hours, 5 mins, 44 seconds.
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Quick's the Word and Sharp's the Action PDF Print
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 11:53
Bella Mente and Rambler at the start. Credit: Tim Wright/photoaction.comThe closest finish in the six year history of the RORC Caribbean 600 is playing out on the last leg of the course for the IRC Zero leaders. At 0700 on Day Three, Hap Fauth's Bella Mente, George David's Rambler and George Sakellaris' Shockwave were approaching the last island of the course in fighter formation, readying themselves for a battle royale.


After exiting the Stealth Zone at Guadeloupe, the American trio, lit the afterburners, at times sending it at 20 knots of boat speed, towards Barbuda. A hair-raising reach to reach gybe, in darkness, at Barbuda and then the battle resumed as they blasted to Redonda.

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The Plot Thickens PDF Print
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 22:35

Dutch flyer, Tonnerre de Breskens 3. Credit: Tim Wright/photoaction.comIn the Superyacht Class it has taken an island to separate the two magnificent schooners, Adela and Athos. The 182ft Dykstra designed schooner, Adela, has chosen a conventional route by staying to the windward side of Montserrat on the long reach to Guadeloupe. However, the 203ft Hoek designed Athos has elected to go to the leeward side of Montserrat, accompanied by Italian Southern Wind 100, Cape Arrow, and RP78, Arctic Idea, which have also left Montserrat to port.

In IRC One, Piet Vroon's Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens 3, put the hammer down after passing St.Barths at 1100 local time. Colin Buffin's British Swan 62, Uxorious IV, was still tacking through the Anguilla Strait, as the Dutch flyer set a course for the windward side of Montserrat and took off, averaging over 10 knots of boat speed. Uxorious IV took just an hour and a half to reach St.Barths but by then Tonnerre had increased their lead on the water by 15 miles. At 1700 on day 2, Tonnerre was 32 miles ahead of any other yacht in their class, and had a substantial lead after time correction. Todd Stuart's American Swan 56, White Rhino, was third on the water and in class after time correction.

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Stunning Aerial Video of Start PDF Print
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 20:12
 
The Twilight Zone PDF Print
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 19:50

Moving into the Stealth Zone, the red shaded area on the tracker.At 1330, the leading pack in the RORC Caribbean 600 went dark.

From the northern end of Guadeloupe, at Basse Terre, until the islands of Les Saintes. Rambler, Bella Mente and Shockwave went into stealth mode. With their positions, speed and heading no longer visible, the chasing pack of yachts could not use the leaders position reports to gain information about the wind shadow behind Guadeloupe. The French island is one of the biggest in the central Caribbean and throws out a significant wind shadow.

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