Tonnerre gets out of jail
Piet Vroon's Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens 3 crossed the finish line just after eight in the morning, on the third day of the RORC Caribbean 600, Piet's corinthian crew were tired and a bit deflated. They had been enjoying a fantastic ride all the way to Guadeloupe, when the flashing blue hull came to a complete stop. The powerful hull form had been powering around the course but they became caught on the windless southeast corner of the course. Like a hornet in a caught in a spider's web, Tonnerre struggled to get free but remained there for seven hours.
"It was a difficult time," declared Piet Vroon. "All we could do was wait for the wind but we felt that our chance had gone. The rest of the time we had been enjoying some fantastic sailing but this is a much tougher race than we expected, it was quite rough, it was like driving down a road full of potholes. The sail across to Nevis was probably the most spectacular part of the race for us, powering along at great speed into the setting sun under spinnaker."
Despite parking up at Guadeloupe, Tonnerre's performance around the rest of the race track proved to be their savior, although the rest of the class are still racing, by the afternoon it became mathematically impossible for the rest of them to beat Tonnerre on corrected time.