Crew member on GBR1702T Scarlet Logic
Day 2 race update - Scarlet still wearing he crown as the battle continues
As the sun starts to set back in the UK , it is only lunchtime for the racers in the RORC Caribbean 600, who have now been racing for just over 24 hours.
Scarlet Logic is now rounding St Maarten and some of the crew who are staying on for the Heineken St Maarten Regatta are checking out their racing venue for next week! In the meantime, they are racing on by at 9 knots. So far today their top speed has been 17.9 knots - commented skipper Tim Thubron a short time ago, as they momentarily are close enough to land to get phone signal.
Tim also reported that they are delighted that they managed to judge their tacking angles perfectly and seemed to have cut the corner round St Baths tighter than most of the rest of the fleet, which has allowed them to get ahead. (You can see the orange line on the tracker is clearly the tightest in to land). The beat (upwind leg) saw typical winds of 25 knots, which made for a rough ride, so sleeping is difficult - and as fatigue sets in, racing will only get more difficult.
However for now, Tim reports everyone is in high spirits - delighted that their main rivals are currently disappearing into speck on the horizon, great when just a few hours ago they were racing almost neck and neck with Quokka. Although as these speeds, a speck on the horizon typically means a 3 mile gap - but that is only 20 minutes of sailing time - so there is no time to sit back and relax! Scarlet Logic are the current Class Champions in this race and at the moment estimate themselves to be 4 or 5 hours ahead of themselves last year!
It's amazing to note that Scarlet Logic has also overtaken 6 of the Class 1 boats on the water, Including EHO1, another one of our well known local competitors! Scarlet is an older, heavier boat and is perfectly suited to these windier conditions.