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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Greased Lightning: 1700 Race Report

Peter Aschenbrenner’s 63ft trimaran, Paradox

By Louay Habib

At 1700 local time, Peter Aschenbrenner’s American trimaran, Paradox and Mike Slade’s British Maxi, ICAP Leopard were both averaging a ballistic 18 knots covering the first 100 miles of the course in an astonishing seven and a half hours.

Paradox is eating up the miles, after literally getting airborne in the upwind leg after the start. Paradox pulled the trigger on the windward side of Antigua, flashing through the Atlantic swell like a scalded cat. By 1700 local time, Paradox had passed Nevis and blasting to leeward of St.Kitts, still achieving over 20 knots of boat speed. Lloyd Thornburg’s Gunboat 66 Phaedo, nearly twice the weight of Paradox, was being pushed hard by Britain’s Brian Thompson on the helm of Phaedo. Paradox was only 12 miles astern giving the Lamborghini Orange Gunboat the class lead on corrected. Sadly Austin Hearst’s Gunboat 66, Slim has been forced to retire after rudder damage. [Read more…]

Leopard sharpens her claws

ICAP Leopard in training: Credit: Richard Langdon http://www.oceanimages.co.uk/

Race Reporter: Louay Habib

Just 48 hours before a record breaking fleet sets sail for the 5th RORC Caribbean 600, weather forecasts are unanimously predicting sensational conditions, ideal for record-breaking pace, and there is every possibility that this will be the fastest RORC Caribbean 600 on record.

20 knots or more of warm trade winds are anticipated for the start, with the wind and the Caribbean swell building during the course of the race, perhaps piping up to 30 knots on day two.
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Record Entry Set for RORC Caribbean 600

Tim Wright, photoaction.com captures the start of the 2009 RORC Caribbean 600 as they fleet heads off from Antigua

Over 50 yachts will be competing for the 5th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600. The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s latest ocean race has proved an irresistible temptation to an international set of yacht owners and crew representing nations from an incredible 28 different countries: Antigua, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France, French Southern Territories, Germany, Great Britain, Guadeloupe, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United States of America. [Read more…]

Another Record Broken – 30 entries by end of year

The RORC Caribbean 600 continues to defy the financial crisis with a record fleet expected on the start line when the fifth edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 kicks off on February 18th 2013. With the northern hemisphere in the grip of winter, racing 600 miles around 11 Caribbean islands in warm trade winds and surfing in ocean swell is proving to be very appealing. [Read more…]