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02-20-2018, 09:00 AM
Record fleet sets off on record pace
Posted in News 2018


A record 84 yachts started the 2018 RORC Caribbean 600 in Antigua today; the largest fleet assembled in the ten-year history of the race. The impressive armada set off in unstable conditions with squalls producing a wind range of over 20 knots, and as little as 10, with some big shifts in direction. High seas and strong trade winds are expected for the race, with the anticipation of record breaking pace. At 1600 AST Rambler 88, Proteus and Warrior were ahead of the monohull race record.

Peter Aschenbrenner's Irens 63 Paradox was launched at the start and led the 11-strong multihull fleet, reaching Barbuda in just two hours. George David's American Maxi Rambler 88 got away well at the outer end of the line, tacking immediately to smoke upwind in a halo of spray. Rambler 88 took under an hour to round Green Island before unfurling reaching sails to blast towards Barbuda at well over 20 knots of boat speed. Ludde Ingvall's Australian Maxi CQS developed a technical problem shortly after the start and returned to Antigua to effect repairs, as per the rules of the race.

"It's incredible that the weather for the start of the 10th edition was exactly the same as the first race in 2009, commented Eddie Warden Owen, RORC Chief Executive. “Today's start is probably the windiest that we've had for some years, with rain squalls coming through during the start sequence, then sunshine; typical Antiguan conditions. We have a fantastic fleet of 84 boats setting off in this record-fleet.”


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George Sakellaris' American Maxi72 Proteus was just four minutes behind Rambler 88 at Green Island, lying just east of Antigua. USMMA Sailing Foundation's American Volvo 70 Warrior and Jens Kellinghusen's German Ker 56 Varuna were all in hot pursuit. Two Superyachts enjoyed a close battle at the start which is likely to rage for the whole of the race. The Dixon 100 Danneskjold was just 13 seconds ahead of the Southernwind 102 Farfalla at Green Island.

Catherine Pourre's French team racing Eärendil leads the Class40s after a tough beat to Green Island. Eärendil has stretched out a one mile lead ahead of Louis Burton's BHB and American John Niewenhous' Loose Fish.

In IRC One, Christian Kargl's Austrian More 55 Pixel, skippered by Michael Gilhofer is provisionally leading the class under IRC. Philippe Frantz's French NM43 Albator is second, with Olivier Rapeaud's Capo Di Fora in third.




In IRC Two, Scarlet Island Girl, owned by Ossie Stewart and skippered by Ross Applebey got a great start and provisionally lead the class. A tense battle is expected for the race and the start was indicative of this. Ballytrim, EH01, Avanti and Quokka are all fighting for the lead.

In IRC Three, Conor Fogerty's Irish Sunfast 3600, Bam got away to an impressive start, as did Jonty and Vicki Layfield's Swan 48 Sleeper X. Richard Palmer racing his British JPK 10.10 Jangada Two Handed with Jeremy Waitt also got a great getaway.



Greg Slyngstad's American Bieker 53 multihull Fujin has capsized during the RORC Caribbean 600. All eight crew are safe.

Stephen Cucchiaro's Gunboat 60 Flow stood by until Dutch/ French authorities organised a rescue vessel. Preparations are now underway to transfer all crew to the safety of Port Saba.

RORC Race Manager Chris Stone issued a statement on behalf of the race organisers, The Royal Ocean Racing Club:

"On Monday 19th February at 20:20 AST, Fujin capsized close to Saba Island and the eight-man crew were observed standing on the up-turned hull. All of the crew are now safe. Stephen Cucchiaro's Gunboat 60 Flow stood by while rescue agencies co-ordinated the rescue efforts.
Jens Kellinhusen's German Ker 56 Varuna altered course to assist, but has now continued racing. The Coastguard at Fort De France Martinique has been co-ordinating the rescue."

The highly experienced crew on Fujin from Seattle, Washington, USA include the skipper Greg Slyngstad, the boat's designer, Paul Bieker and Olympic Gold medallist Jonathan McKee.

Fujin's Crew: Greg Slyngstad, Bradley Baker, Peter F Johnston, Paul Bieker, Gina Borza, Fritz Lanzinger, Michael Leslie, Jonathan McKee.

02-20-2018, 09:13 AM
Guts and a glimmer of glory
Posted in News 2018


The strong conditions experienced at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600 continued through the first night.

At 06:00 AST on 20 February 12 yachts have officially retired from the race. Reports of wind speed in the region of 30 knots, with gusts of up to 40 knots are being reported by crew in the 600-mile race around 11 Caribbean islands.

Peter Aschenbrenner's Irens 63 Paradox is blasting along at the front of the fleet, but in their rear virtual view mirror provided by the YB Race Tracker, George David's American Maxi Rambler 88 is hunting the multihull down. Paradox is currently behind record pace for the multihulls, but only by 42 minutes. Rambler 88 continues at record pace for the monohulls and is expected to cross the finish line before midnight on Tuesday 20th February, well inside the race record.

Rambler 88 is blasting around the course hitting speeds of close to 30 knots. At Tintamarre, the most northerly point of the course, Rambler 88 was nearly an hour ahead of the race record. At 06:00 AST on 20 February, Rambler had completed half the course and was blast reaching past Montserrat on the way to Guadeloupe. Peter Aschenbrenner's Irens 63 Paradox is enjoying a thrilling reach towards Guadeloupe, leading the multihull fleet by a handsome margin. Last night, the American trimaran sustained a boat speed of 30 knots or more for several hours. The crew of Greg Slyngstad's American multihull Fujin which capsized last night, have all been safely transferred to a French coast guard.


George David's Rambler 88 is currently ahead of the monohull race record © RORC/Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

In IRC Zero, after time correction Rambler 88 is estimated to have a lead of well over one hour in the class from The USMMA Sailing Foundation's American Volvo 70 Warrior. Ron O'Hanley's American Cookson 50 Privateer is estimated to be third after time correction. The majority of the retirements are in the big boat division: Ludde Ingvall's CQS, George Sakellaris' Proteus, Quentin Stewart's Maverick, Dixon 100 Danneskjold, Stephen Durkin's Bob, Clint Brook's Conviction and Oyster 885 Guardian Angel have all retired with crew reported safe and well. Bernie Evan-Wong's RP37 Taz has retired due to an injured crew member requiring hospital treatment for a hand injury.

Eduardo Plass' Brazilian Soto 65 Camiranga has also retired with a ripped mainsail. Camiranga crewman Samuel Albrecht spoke about the conditions: “We had 30 knots of wind with gusts of 40 and a building confused sea. We damaged the main in one big gybe and then it tore in half when we were beating towards St.Barths. We are all okay but it is a great shame as we have really been looking forward to the race and it was amazing sailing. We hit a top speed of 27 knots, just fantastic. We hope to be back to race again.”

In the Class40 division all yachts are still racing. Catherine Pourre's Eärendil has opened up a 10-mile lead on Louis Burton's BHB. Mathias Muller von Blumencron's German Class40 Red is in third position. The Class 40s have already had a taste of the exhilarating reaching conditions with Eärendil hitting over 20 knots of boats speed yesterday. The Class40 fleet are negotiating the top of the course and after beating through the Anguilla Channel, the pocket rockets will pull the trigger to blast reach to Guadeloupe.


Enjoying spectacular racing: Louis Burton's French Class40 BHB at the Barbuda mark as captured by race photographer © Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

In IRC One, the provisional top three boats are Philippe Frantz French NM43 Albator, Kevin McLaughlin's American J/44 Spice, and Lombard 46 Pata Negra sailed by Michael Wright with a team from the Howth Yacht Club, Dublin Ireland. At the top of the leaderboard in IRC Two a battle is ranging between three British charter boats, all skippered by close friends. Andy Middleton's Beneteau First 47.7 EH01 is estimated to be just five minutes ahead on corrected time from Ossie Stewart and Ross Applebey's Dufour 45 Scarlet Island Girl. Grand Soleil 43 Quokka 8 skippered by Christian Simpson is third. All three yachts are beating towards St.Barth's. Scarlet Island Girl has chosen to sail above the rhumb line to take advantage of the lee of St.Maarten and St.Barth's. EH01 and Quokka are side-by-side taking the more direct route, beating into punishing conditions.


In IRC Two Andy Middleton's Beneteau First 47.7 EH01 is estimated to be just five minutes ahead on corrected time from Ossie Stewart and Ross Applebey's Dufour 45 Scarlet Island Girl © Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

In IRC Three, Richard Palmer's JPK 10.10 Jangada, racing Two Handed with Jeremy Waitt is the provisional leader; a sterling effort from the British duo. Irish yachtsman of the year Conor Fogerty racing his Sunfast 3600 Bam representing the Howth Yacht Club in Dublin is second. RORC Commodore, Steven Anderson, racing with co-skipper Jane Anderson is third. Last year's class winner Jonty and Vicki Layfield's Swan 48 Sleeper 10 has retired with gear failure, as has Sapphire Knight, skippered by Michael Skeet.


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02-20-2018, 11:25 AM

Only the brave battle the mighty C600 - Better a bad day on the water than a good day in the office!
Quokka has retired (from 3rd place in the race) - Everyone is OK.
Blown main, limping home under third reef.


English Harbour, Antigua: 20th February 2018

Ludde Ingvall and his CQS team have taken the very difficult decision to retire from the RORC Caribbean 600 race, this was due to an undiagnosed problem with the engine that runs the hydraulic systems on the boat.

Explaining the situation they found themselves in before the start Ludde said, “we found out fairly quickly that we had an electronic issue with the software, which on our boats the engine drives hydraulics, hydraulics runs every winch, our canard which is the rudder in front, it runs the DSS board, and runs the keel as well as propulsion.

“The problem we had was that four times the engine cut out in the middle of what we were doing and we didn’t understand why.”

As always, Ludde’s main concern was safety, and if the engine cut out during a critical manoeuvre lives could be at risk. After discussing the situation with his watch captains and safety officer it was decided to retire from the race.

Continuing his explanation Ludde told the race control, “we started with the keel in the middle, which is why we were so slow, and with little sails. We decided to go to the top of the island and if by the top of the island we haven’t got things sorted, we won’t continue.”

Ludde expressed his huge disappointment, particularly for the young sailors who had travelled a long way to take part in the race. However with the nature of the Caribbean 600 having a course that goes close to a lot of island, and through some restricted channels, if the engine problem re-occurred they would find themselves in a very difficult situation.

Quokka will be back!

IOR Geezer
02-20-2018, 11:46 AM
Lotta breakage down there this year.

Painkillers must be being consumed at a record pace!

02-20-2018, 02:07 PM

Tim Wright gets in the action as boats round Barbuda during the RORC Caribbean 600!

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Panama Red
02-20-2018, 02:21 PM
Looks a lot like winter down there.

Nice work Mr Wright!

02-20-2018, 02:45 PM
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02-21-2018, 08:54 AM

Paradox, Peter Aschenbrenner’s American 63’ Trimaran crossed the finish line in Antigua at: 00:55:16 AST on Wednesday 21st February 2018 in an elapsed time of 1 day, 13 hours 5 minutes and 16 seconds taking Multihull Line honours in the 10th edition of the race.

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George David's American Maxi Rambler 88 crossed the finish line in Antigua on Wednesday 21st February at 01:21:45 AST in an elapsed time of 1 day 13 hours 41 minutes and 45 seconds, setting a new monohull race record.

IOR Geezer
02-21-2018, 10:54 AM
Those cruiser/racer cats sure to flip over a lot.

El Capitan
02-21-2018, 10:57 AM
Are you insinuating the Gunboats should be regulated?

IOR Geezer
02-22-2018, 08:52 AM
Just a mere observation.

02-22-2018, 10:39 AM

High winds and mighty seas continued for the third day of the 2018 RORC Caribbean 600. Eight teams have finished the race and 34 yachts have now officially retired, with 40 teams still racing.

Peter Aschenbrenner's team racing his 63ft trimaran Paradox will be celebrating tonight. After MOCRA time correction, Paradox cannot be beaten for the overall win in the multihull category. In the Class40 division Catherine Pourre's Eärendil is expected to round Redonda at dusk to hanker down for a brutal 30-mile beat to the finish. Eärendil can sense victory with a 24-mile lead on their nearest rival, Louis Burton's BHB.

George David's Rambler remains in pole position for RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy for the best corrected time under IRC, however 35 yachts in the record IRC fleet are still racing. Jens Kellinghusen's Ker 56 Varuna is currently fourth overall and has filed for redress having altered course to assist in the rescue of Fujin during the race. “It was rough and very wet,” commented Jens Kellinghusen. “However, we have no injuries to our crew and we didn't break anything. Varuna now has additional structure of 180 kg and the boat has held up extremely well.”


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Tilmar Hansen's German Elliott 52 Outsider was just eight minutes behind Varuna in IRC Zero.

Ron O'Hanley's Cookson 50 Privateer has come the closest to beating Rambler 88 for the overall win. The team mainly from Rhode Island USA, finished the race in just under 52 hours, falling short of the best corrected time by just over one hour. “We lost our headstay on the first night and we were hanking on the head sail,” explained Privateer's boat captain, Tim Dawson. “The bow team deserve a huge round of applause and it was great to get such a greeting as we docked in Antigua for the legendary '600 welcome. For sure we left a bit out on the race course; we also had to take a full batten out of the main which really hampered our upwind speed for the final beat. I have done a lot of races and that has to be one of the toughest.”




Vestas 11th Hour Racing skipper Charlie Enright, taking part in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race was on board Privateer for the race. Audio interview here: https://soundcloud.com/louay-habib/2018-rorc-caribbean-600-charlie-enright-privateer

In IRC One, nine teams are still racing: Philippe Frantz's French NM43 Albator is the provisional leader and is en-route to Redonda, 120-miles from the finish. Kevin & Sean McLaughlin's American J/44 Spice and Lombard 46 Pata Negra, skippered by Irishman Michael Wright and his Howth YC team are in a close battle for second.

In IRC Two, 10 yachts are still racing. Ossie Stewart and Ross Applebey's British Dufour 45 Scarlet Island Girl is estimated to be leading the class by over an hour after time correction. Scarlet Island Girl has completed the rough ride around Guadeloupe and are setting reaching sails for the blast up to Barbuda.

In IRC Three, four yachts are still racing. Conor Fogerty's Irish Sunfast 3600 Bam is locked in a tremendous battle with British Two Handed JPK 10.10 Jangada, skippered by Richard Palmer, sailing with Jeremy Waitt.

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Carl Spackler
02-22-2018, 02:04 PM
Pussers iv for 12 please!