As dawn broke on the second day of the RORC Caribbean 600, ORMA 60 Region Guadeloupe had just rounded St. Maarten, the most northerly part of the course. Wind speed at St. Maarten is expected to be in the high teens for some time but the direction may well be southerly and on the nose for the long leg to Guadeloupe. Spirits on board are good, as John Burnie explains:
"Excellent tea and garibaldi biscuits are supplementing the pot noodle fayre."
Only an hour behind the giant trimaran is Karl Kwok's Beau Geste. The Farr 80 has a stellar crew on board including round the world bowmen, Juggy Clougher and Andy Meiklejohn. The two of them will have had no sleep last night. Manoeuvring through the top half the course at night would have meant all of the crew on deck for a myriad of sail changes, especially in the wind shadow of various islands. DSK Pioneer Investments are second on the water but Richard Oland's Vela Veloce had a good night and are second in class and 34 miles astern of Beau Geste.