Blissful day 2 in Antigua Sailing Week

When the sun is shining on tropical waters with 15 knots of warm breeze filling the air, it is most sailors’ idea of rapture. The second day of racing at Antigua Sailing Week was blessed with these heavenly conditions.

For the CSA Classes racing in Rendezvous Bay, it was a day to keep your head out of the boat, looking for subtle changes in wind speed and a watchful eye on the competition. The tight course made for plenty of traffic and confused air. The smart sailors avoided the holes in the wind and the sailboat congestion. [Read more…]

Grins All Round As First Yachts Finish

Phaedo’s Lloyd Thornburg invites Peter Aschenbrenner to enjoy a celebratory glass of champagne on board to toast the 63ft trimaran, Paradox as winners of the Multihull Class – Credit: Ocean Images/Team Phaedo

By: Louay Habib

Mike Slade’s crew on ICAP Leopard were enjoying a cold beer in the Antigua Yacht Club today and Leopard’s owner, Mike Slade, was really enjoying winding down after a tough race in which ICAP Leopard took Line Honours for the second time: “That was definitely the toughest of the three races I have done, but I absolutely love this race; the course, the weather and the welcome we receive back in Antigua is just the best, anywhere. The RORC Caribbean is one of the premier yacht races worldwide and ICAP Leopard will definitely be back next year.” [Read more…]

Monohull Line Honours for ICAP Leopard: RORC Caribbean 600

Mike Slade at the helm of his Farr 100, ICAP Leopard
Credit: Ocean Images/Richard Langdon

NEWSFLASH: Wednesday 20 February 2013

MIKE SLADE’S ICAP LEOPARD, FARR 100

Mike Slade’s maxi yacht, ICAP Leopard crossed the finish line in Antigua to take Monohull Line Honours for the 2013 RORC Caribbean 600 on Wednesday 20 February in an elapsed time of 45 hours 58 minutes and 05 seconds. ICAP Leopard was outside the course record set by George David’s Rambler 100 of 40 Hours 20 minutes and 2 seconds. [Read more…]

A Tough Day in Paradise

Credit: Athos/Miles Seddon

By: Louay Habib

0700 (local time) Day Three RORC Caribbean 600

Just before dawn, Peter Aschenbrenner’s American 63ft Trimaran, Paradox powered through the finish line to complete the 600-mile course in less than two days. Conditions have been fresh to frightening right from the start and there has been no let up for over 500 sailors battling through exciting yet tough conditions. Next to finish will be Mike Slade’s British maxi, ICAP Leopard to claim Monohull Line Honours, however ICAP Leopard experienced a slow passage to the south of Guadeloupe, preventing the team from getting near the course record. [Read more…]

Romp on: Day two, 2pm update

Paradox shows record pace in 5th RORC Caribbean 600 race
Credit: RORC/Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Breaking news from the RORC Caribbean 600 race course is that the first finishers are expected in the early hours of tomorrow morning (Wednesday 20 Feb), with every possibility that at least one record will be broken and possibly two.

Peter Aschenbrenner’s American trimaran, Paradox, has virtually rounded Guadeloupe and is close to laying Les Desirades, the most westerly point of the course. Paradox, with multihull legend Cam Lewis on board, is still on record pace and is expected to arrive back in Antigua in the early hours of tomorrow morning. Paradox need to cross the line before 03:11:05 on Wednesday morning, to beat Region Guadeloupe’s 2009 record. Paradox needs to cover 190 miles in 12 hours, which is very achievable.
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