Day Two of the RORC Caribbean 600
It has been a thrilling twenty -four hours of racing, with strong trade winds, high seas, and squalls causing huge shifts in the wind speed and direction. It has certainly been testing the skills and expertise of the participating sailors.
At present, Paradox, from the Cayman Islands, is storming ahead, working its way through one of the trickiest parts of the race, straight into wind, passing south of Guadeloupe. Paradox, is a one off 63′ Trimaran, and has skipper Peter Aschenbrenner at the helm.
Hot on their heels is Rambler 88, a Canting keel sloop, and is now leading the race for the monohulls. At the helm is George David, who set the record in 2011 aboard Rambler 100, and with such strong weather conditions it’ll be interesting to see if he can break his own record.
Rambler 88, preparing for the start of the race
At it stands 15 yachts have so far retired from the race, many for technical problems, which in accordance to race rules require them to return to port.
CQS, retired from the race due to technical problems
Taz, retired from the race due to a crew injury
Danneskjold, retired from the race due to minor damage
Whenever out at sea, you must never under-estimate the power of the elements, and with such strong and challenging weather conditions present throughout this race, safety is of the uttermost importance. Last night at 20.20 AST, the crew from Fujin were rescued off Saba where their American Bieker 53 Multihull had capsized. All eight-crew managed to scramble their way on top of the hull, where they awaited rescue. Stephen Cucchiaro’s Gunboat 60, Flow, was reported to have stood by until the rescue was underway, and the German Ker 56, Varuna, was reported to have altered course to assist but has now continued racing. Although rivalry can be rife during such prestigious races, it is heart-warming to see such examples of humanity.
Fujin, all eight crew are safe
With wind strength persevering, and the wave height due to increase, we wish all the crews an exhilarating but safe continuation of the race.
By Laura Barber