In its April 2017 edition, Caribbean Compass magazine featured this year’s RORC Caribbean 600, calling it “insane.” I guess this refers to the tough, tight races that participants had as well sailing conditions and having to face huge squalls. Check out Caribbean Compass to read more. Below, I have included excerpts of highlights and news about some of the “epic match races” and winners from the RORC Caribbean 600 site:
Epic win for Bella Mente
The All-American Maxi72 battle in the RORC Caribbean 600 lived up to expectation with Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente and George Sakellaris’ Proteus enjoying an epic match race. The lead in the Maxi72s changed hands on seven occasions during the race. Bella Mente counted 85 sail changes and at one point, both yachts were over canvassed, smoking along at 30 knots in a gigantic squall. Bella Mente crossed the finish line just 14 minutes ahead of Proteus to win IRC Zero and the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy for the best time after IRC correction for the fleet. It was the second time Bella Mente has won the race overall and was a sweet victory after retiring last year with keel problems.
Lloyd Thornburg’s American MOD70, Phaedo3 took Multihull Line Honours for the third year in a row. Phaedo3 held on to win the battle of the trimarans, just 12 minutes ahead of Giovanni Soldini’s Italian MOD70, Maserati. The high-speed battle saw the lead change hands four times. There was high drama at Guadeloupe with vicious squalls and heroics from Maserati’s crew diving into the water to free the boat from a fish trap.
“Maserati gave us a heck of a run and it was really tough to stay ahead of a foiling boat,” commented Lloyd Thornburg. “Every year, I get reminded how insane a race this is and we have turned the insanity up again this year. Hanging on reaching at 36 knots, it is just incredible. All of our team had to dig so deep and we love Antigua and had an amazing reception.”
Phaedo3 was also the winner after MOCRA time correction with Maserati in second place and Robert Szustkowski’s HH66, R-SIX sailed by Robert Janecki in third.
For full article, see http://caribbean600.rorc.org/News/
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[Photo above Maserati and Phaedo3 at the start by RORC/Tim Wright/Photoaction.com.]