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February 24, 2018

Final Day of the RORC Caribbean 600

Today marks the final day of this year’s RORC Caribbean 600. It has been a challenging race to say the least, with almost half the entries retiring through illness, or because of damage sustained by their yacht. Participants are now making the most of the sunshine and wind by drying out their clothing and equipment. Falmouth Marina is awash with colour, as life jackets, wet weather gear, and safety harnesses are slung over booms and railings to dry out.

last day rorc drying

last day drying 2

Although bustling with activity, the marina is an image of tranquility and calm, compared to the conditions that the participants endured.  Huge waves, strong winds, and confused seas have been the most commonly used adjectives to describe the challenging weather conditions faced this year, with even some of the most seasoned of sailors suffering from sea sickness.We caught up with some of the competitors to ask them how they fared throughout the race, and their thoughts now that they were safely back on dry land.

Chris Laiolo, was one of the ten crew aboard Lancelot II, a Beneteau First 40.  Lancelot II, from Sailing Logic, was skippered by Trevor Drew. Unfortunately, Lancelot II had to retire from the race due to illness, as one of the crew was vomiting blood. We are pleased to hear that he is doing well and has now flown home. Chris had nothing but praise for the coastguards in St Kitts, where the crew member disembarked. Chris is a keen sailor but doesn’t have vast offshore racing experience. Despite having some of the most challenging weather conditions ever experienced in this race, he is keen to come back next year to have another go. It will of course cost him the price of another cruise, the penalty bestowed upon by him by wife for his participation! At least on a cruise Chris can kick back, relax, and enjoy a more serene boating experience than the one that he’s just encountered!

Whereas Chris will be heading back to the UK after the weekend, his team mate, also Chris, will be heading over to St Maarten for the Heineken Regatta, starting 1st March. We wish him all the best, and hope for calmer weather!

LANCELOT 2

Chris Laiolo (on the left) and his crew mate, also Chris.

Nestled among the impressive Superyachts that are available for charter, were the many yachts that took part. It was great to be able to see up close the different styles of racing yachts that participated.

marina final day

Racing yachts jostling for space amongst the Superyachts

Morticia, is the smallest yacht to finish this testing race. After much scrutiny by the RORC, she was deemed safe enough to take part, and with her four Australian crew,  battled huge seas, and tremendous winds. Having had a disappointing false start last year, where they were unable to compete due to gear failure, this tiny trimaran, and her heroic crew have successfully completed this tough course under very challenging weather conditions. With a diet of chocolate bars and biscuits to keep them going, and hardly any sleep, I’m sure the crew were glad to set foot ashore.

MORTICIA

Morticia, tied up in Falmouth

FRENCH TECH

French Tech Caribos, Multihull 50, France. Came third place in the Multihull Line Honours

George David’s American Maxi Rambler 88 has won the 2018 RORC Caribbean 600 trophy. It has been an amazing race for the team, as not only did they set a new monohull record, they also won the IRC Zero.

RAMBLER LAST DAY

r88

Rambler 88

PARADOX LAST DAY

Paradox, at anchor in Falmouth. Peter Aschenbrenner’s Paradox won the Multihull Line Honours

We were kindly invited aboard Camiranga by crew member Claudio Beier. Unfortunately, Camiranga was one of the many boats that had to retire due to the damage that their yacht had sustained. He explained how they had initially lost their spinnaker, which took over an hour to recover, and a lot of effort and energy from the crew, which you can ill afford when participating in such a grueling race. The twelve crew of Camiranga, skippered by Samuel Albrecht, were then forced to retire after their main sail split in half. Claudio is an experienced racer, and has raced in the region before, up in the BVI. He has never faced such conditions that were seen in this race, and said he found them particularly tough, not what he was expecting in the Caribbean, they were reaching speeds of 24/25 knots! He is however keen to return next year to give it another go, and perhaps have kinder sailing conditions! Meanwhile, they are waiting for their mainsail to be repaired (they are £80,000 new), before heading north to St Maarten for the Heineken Regatta, which starts on 1st March

CAMIRANGA

Daniel chatting to Claudio

CAMIRANGA 2

Daniel having a turn at the helm while safely tied up!

RORC STAGE

We enjoyed lunch at the yacht club while watching the band set up for tonight’s prize giving.

TROPHIES

A glimpse at the coveted trophies.

With the prize giving ceremony taking place tonight they’ll be lots of celebrating as participants eagerly await the final results.

By Laura Barber


February 21, 2018

RORC Caribbean 600 Record Smashed!

George David has smashed his own record which he set back in 2011 by 2 hours 38 minutes and 17 seconds. Racing his American Maxi Rambler 88, he crossed the finishing line in Antigua this morning at 01:21:45 AST, completing the race in 1 day 13 hours 41 minutes and 45 seconds.

rambler record

Peter Aschenbrenner’s Paradox, crossed the finishing line first, at 00:55:16 AST, with a time of 1 day, 13 hours, 5 minutes ad 16 seconds, taking first place in the Multihull Line honours for 2018. The record set for the multihulls by Phaedo 3 in 2016 is 31 hours 59 minutes and 4 seconds, with Paradox achieving a very respectable 37 hours 5 minutes and seconds.

paradox finish

Once again, the Americans have taken both the top spots, making that seven wins out of ten for the nation. Congratulations to both yachts, and their crew, for completing such a challenging and demanding course in such spectacular fashion.

By Laura Barber


October 12, 2013

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May 24, 2013

SALU – Benetti Classic motor yacht charter across the Mediterranean

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SALU is a Benetti Classic 100 motor yacht launched for charter in 2008. SALU is the ultimate spacious Mediterranean charter yacht with a bright and modern interior design. Motor Yacht SALU is a GRP build with a strong displacement hull balanced by zero speed stabilisers.

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May 22, 2013

Calypso – Princess Motor Yacht charter from the south of France

CALYPSO | Princess Motor Yacht Charter | south FranceMotor yacht CALYPSO was delivered by Princess Yachts in 2012, and is available for luxury charter in the south of France for summer 2013!

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May 17, 2013

ULYSSES – Unparalleled super-yacht imbued with something regal

Ulysses Benetti for charterWith her black hull and cool beige superstructure ULYSSES is an unparalleled super-yacht imbued with something regal. Her exterior is modern and unusual, in contrast to the traditional and majestic interior. Entering the saloon, you can admire a legendary grand piano by Steinway & Sons from 1900. The internal decoration is classical and imperial with marble artworks, chandeliers and rare pictures. The style is a blend of Renaissance, Baroque, and also some touches of Gothic Art, emphasized by the classical and contemporary floral artworks by Margriet Smulders.

The guests are accommodated in 6 staterooms. The Master Suite located on the main deck features an office, a hairdressing salon, a bedroom, an en suite (with bath and steam room), and in the front, a private observation lounge. The guests can decide to dine around one of the 3 tables accommodating up to 12 guests (the first is in the main saloon, the second on the upper deck aft, and the third on the sun deck) and they will undoubtedly appreciate the fine cuisine of the New-Zealander Chef.

The exterior is strikingly generous with a sundeck worthy of a 65 meter yacht. Onboard ULYSSES, the guests can enjoy a glamorous aperitif on the upper deck aft followed by a formal dinner in the main saloon dining area.

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