4th RORC Caribbean 600 Race
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David vs Goliath Battle set for RORC Caribbean 600
Antigua: Monday 20th February 2012
The 4th RORC Caribbean 600 Race looks set to stage a David versus Goliath battle
in just over two months with a number of superyachts keen to do battle with each
other whilst circumnavigating 11 Caribbean Islands, starting and finishing in Antigua.
The RORC Caribbean 600 will be the first offshore race for the 38m Superyacht P2
Those superyachts entered so far range from 35m (114ft) to 66m (216ft) and will
make an impressive sight as they line up for the start of the RORC Caribbean 600
on Monday 20th February 2012. As well as racing against comparable boats, they
will also have to vie with a formidable fleet of much smaller, but highly competitive
racing yachts in this challenging and tactical race. These include the 2011 Rolex
Fastnet Race winner Rán, the 2010 Rolex Middle Sea Race winner Lucky and Privateer,
the winner of the 2009 Montego Bay Race.
The Goliath: Hetairos
Heading up the superyacht fleet is the largest yacht in the 600nm race - the six-month
old, 66m (216ft) Hetairos, which recently took line honours in the Transatlantic
Superyacht Regatta from Tenerife to Virgin Gorda in her inaugural race, completing
the 3,069 mile crossing in 8 days 10hrs 58mins 30secs. Her classic looks and sleek
green hull may be based on the early 19th century pilot cutters, but as well as
being built for comfort with a stunning interior, she is an ultra-modern competitive
yacht and one of the largest composite sailing yachts in the world which also boasts
the largest composite standing rigging.
The recent race across the Atlantic was a good training ground for the 'fresh out
of the box' superyacht, as Captain and Racing Manager, Vincent Fauquenoy explains:
"It is certainly with great pride that we secured line honours in the race (Transatlantic
Maxi Yacht Cup) and we really look forward to racing competitively in the RORC Caribbean
600 in February. Hetairos performed admirably and we all enjoyed sailing her very
much. It was a good training test for the boat and her crew for the RORC Caribbean
600 and the next regattas of the season."
Taking the Jaguar off-road with Team P2
The 38m (124ft) P2 owned by businessman and philanthropist, Gerhard Andlinger will
make her debut into offshore racing with a star cast on board including top Caribbean
sailor, Finn Class Silver Olympic medallist and America's Cup sailor, Peter Holmberg.
Other helmsman for the race include Maurice 'Mo' Kurg, also from St Thomas, US Virgin
Islands and ex-New Zealand America's Cup sailor, Paul Scoffin:
"P2 is a Perini Navi/Philippe Briand-design accustomed to fast cruising and serious
day racing in the superyacht fleet," said Peter Holmberg, "but the owner is intrigued
with the adventure of the Caribbean 600 course and the challenge it presents. It
will be a bit like taking a Jaguar off-road, so we will have to sail smart, and
will hope to have a good result against similar type yachts."
Team P2 Racing Manager and skipper, Jonathan Kline is looking forward to the challenge:
"Having sailed with the owners of P2 for 10 years, a circumnavigation on Perseus
and now three years of racing and cruising on P2, I am very excited that we will
be sailing the Caribbean 600. The long distance course, the islands as marks and
the drama of trade wind sailing in sunlight and moonlight will provide a memorable
life experience for the boss. We know it will be rigorous, but out of the fatigue
and effort we know we will find a sense of clarity and satisfaction."
Team P2's helmsmen will include one of the Caribbean's most famous sailors, Peter
Also competing for the Superyacht Class perpetual trophy (awarded along with a keg
of rum from North Sails Caribbean) will be Peter Harrison's magnificent 35m (115ft)
Farr, Sojana (GBR). Peter has been a fan of the race since its conception and he
competed for the first time this year finishing second in IRC Zero and third Overall.
Sojana, skippered by Marc Fitzgerald, also raced in the Transatlantic Superyacht
Regatta having participated in all four editions of the race since 2007 and winning
the 2010 race. Their crew for the Caribbean 600 includes one of the race founders
in Antigua, John Burnie and veteran Caribbean sailor and author, Don Street.
Skipper Marc Fitzgerald says: "I was honoured to be part of the founding team for
the RORC Caribbean 600. One of our aims from the beginning was to allow and encourage
participation of superyachts (ie boats over 100' LOA). This makes the event unique
amongst the ocean classics such as Rolex Fastnet, Rolex Sydney-Hobart, Newport Bermuda
etc, which have a 100' limit. Superyacht owners have been a bit slow on the uptake,
but 2012 is looking like a cracker with the mighty Hetairos (66m!) entered; old
sparring partners Sojana and P2 going head to head for the first time offshore,
plus the battle of the schooners, with Adela, Windrose and others on the start line.
I can't wait."
Two yachts built on classic lines will compete in the Spirit of Tradition Class.
The 55m (180ft) Adela will line up against 47m (155ft) schooner, Windrose of Amsterdam,
chartered by Andrew McIrvine (past RORC Commodore) who will present the winning
trophy in Antigua.
Size Isn't Everything
Class40 Vaquita surfing across the Atlantic - Credit: Christof Petter/Martin Maier
Whilst Hetairos may be the Goliath amongst the fleet, David may certainly be the
much smaller Class40 contender, Vaquita. The yacht was recently the first across
the Atlantic in the RORC Racing Division of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC)
from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to St Lucia. The highly competitive crew took on
the giants in the ARC fleet and arrived in St Lucia a full 36 hours ahead of the
nearest competition and followed just behind the 28m (91ft) maxi, Med Spirit who
took line honours amongst the 217 boat fleet, a few hours shy of the fastest time
ever. Vaquita is from Austria and blasted her way across the Atlantic, exceeding
23 knots at times during her surfing runs, and managed to sustain 18-20 in the
fresh conditions, covering the 2,800 nautical mile course in just over 12 days;
a magnificent feat for a 40-footer.
Vaquita's owner, Christof Petter, will race with two friends, supported by three
professional sailors, including ex-Volvo Ocean Race skipper Andreas Hanakamp who
summed up their thoughts on the Caribbean 600:
"So far we have indexly been racing against non-Class40 boats, so we are looking
forward to lining up with some equal boats to figure out where we are standing.
The Caribbean 600 is very attractive for us as it is a mid-winter event with the
world's best and most famous racing yachts competing. Great sailing conditions
accompanied by attractive social events, a good combination. We look forward to
the Race as it has lots of reaching predicted, something a Class40 is best at."
Forces determined team spirit
Lt Col Paul Macro from The Royal Armoured Corps Yacht Club's Offshore Racing Team
have chartered a First 40.7 from Ondeck: "We are conscious that we will be one of
the smallest entries in this race, but we are determined to live up to the example
set last year by the Army Offshore Team, which won Class 2 in British Soldier. Our
emphasis is to encourage young soldiers and officers to take part and to provide
demanding, exciting, but different sailing for soldiers. Both for those who have
been RACYC Offshore squad members in the 2011 season, but also to encourage less
experienced soldiers to try racing offshore."
The Offshore Racing Team from the Royal Armoured Corps Yacht Club will compete in
a First 40.7. Credit: www.pwpictures.com/Paul
"Because the Army requires from its people a spirit that is similar to that required
to go offshore racing. Soldiers have to work together as a team, under time pressure,
when cold, wet and tired, in difficult and even dangerous conditions. This adventurous
team spirit is required by a successful offshore racing crew just as it is by the
crew of a tank or any other armoured vehicle," continues Lt Col Macro who has 10
crew signed up to the challenge, all self funded by the soldiers themselves and
relies on discounted charter fees and assistance of charitable welfare funds such
as the Army Sports Lottery and the Berlin Infantry Brigade Memorial Fund.
Underwriter's 'room' for improvement?
"For 2012 we want to really make an impression on the race course and compete with
sailing superstars on a level that would really challenge us," says Andrew Jameson
from the Lloyd's of London Yacht Club (LLYC). Chartering the RP78, Lloyd's IDEA,
the crew is made up of keen amateur sailors, some who are boat owners themselves,
but all are members of the Lloyd's of London Yacht Club which was formed in 1936
for underwriters working in the 'Room' at Lloyd's, as an introduction to offshore
racing. The club has supported RORC races to this present day the Lloyd's club Commodore,
Liz Lotz and Andrew Jameson chartered places on the Farr 65, Spirit of Minerva,
in 2009 and found the RORC Caribbean 600 a great challenge and loved the race.
"Talking endlessly about the Race with other LLYC club members, we noticed a great
level of interest. On the back of this we ended up taking 23 club members to Antigua
to race in 2010 but unfortunately had to retire due to lack of wind that year! In
2011 LLYC were unable to enter a yacht into the race as many members of the club
had commitments, but this didn't stop a few crewing on yachts such as Windrose
of Amsterdam and Northern Child. For this race the wind blew and stories from the
returning members re-lit fires of longing to enter the race again."
"We would love nothing more than to get a podium position but we have the utmost
respect for the teams we will be racing against and to be able to support this
amazing RORC race is great. The quicker the yacht, the longer in the bar after the
race!" concludes Jameson.
The RORC Caribbean 600 is fast developing a reputation as an offshore classic with
perfect sailing in perfect (warm) conditions.
Full details and list of entries can be found at: http://caribbean600.rorc.org [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=n7tdhpdab&et=1108956363244&s=408&e=001_rQECLnHGrRX4DbsHKajCKuxoyY7OW1K0928iBblAGvts-TJUTEBndG9GV2FNerhmow_BAqXr6pn7R2OlzIBKw6vzUgbWA4SKT5xtY1jzPQPk78B-PPpDQ==]
* RORC Caribbean 600 website: http://caribbean600.rorc.org [http://caribbean600.rorc.org]
* Start: The RORC Caribbean 600 starts from Antigua on Monday February 20th 2012.
Prizegiving: Friday 24th February 2012, Antigua Yacht Club.
* The 600nm course circumnavigates 11 Caribbean Islands starting from Fort Charlotte,
English Harbour, Antigua and heads north as far as St Martin and south to Guadeloupe
taking in Barbuda, Nevis, St Kitts, Saba and St Barth's.
* Past Results:
RORC CARIBBEAN 600 TROPHY - IRC OVERALL
2011 - George David, Rambler 100, JK 100 (USA)
2010 - Karl C L Kwok, Beau Geste, Farr 80 (HKG)
2009 - Adrian Lee, Lee Overlay Partners, Cookson 50 (IRL)
Multihull record holder - Region Guadeloupe in 40 hours 11 mins 5 secs (2009)
Monohull record held by Rambler 100 in 40 hours 20 mins 02 secs (2011)
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