sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : RORC Caribbean 600 - Only three Class40s remain

RORC Caribbean 600 - Only three Class40s remain

'RORC Caribbean 600'    Diane Morley-Ham - copyright

RORC Caribbean 600 and the six Class40’s in the race were reduced to five in the first 24 hours of racing with Gonzalo Botin and his Spanish crew on Tales forced to retire during the beat between Saba and St. Barths sustaining an ankle injury on board.

By 20:00 GMT on Tuesday evening, Ned Collier-Wakefield and the five crew on board the Akilaria RC2 Concise 2 had rounded St. Maarten at the northern end of the course and were reaching south along the 185-mile descent to Guadeloupe averaging just under 11 knots in around 17 knots and holding a lead of 14 miles over fellow Briton, Matthew Sweetman, on Puff the Magic Dragon (Olivier Singelin’s 2009 Akilaria Gonser Group – Cambio) with David Ducosson in third on Fitz (Philippe Fiston’s akilaria RC2 Territoires Attitude) a further 22 miles astern.

At this stage in the 2010 RORC Caribbean 600, skippers were studying the weather files with increasing concern and an unchanging forecast of light conditions forced many to retire from the race. This year, however, models suggested stable north-easterly breeze of around 13-16 knots across the course.

As Botin and his two crew reached Jolly Harbour on Tales, the South African brothers, Lenjohn and Peter van der Wel and their four crew on Global Ocean Race 2011-12 entry, Ocean Warrior racing in CSA, trailed Ducosson and Fitz by 28 miles making slightly under ten knots in the lee of St. Martin while Martin Zeyer and the German crew on Pogo 2 reached St. Barths 20 miles behind the South Africans following a long port tack to the south-east after rounding Saba.

One hour later, Puff the Magic Dragon diverted from the route south and headed to English Harbour, Antigua, in a move that was followed by Ocean Warrior early on Wednesday morning, leaving 50 per cent of the original Class40 fleet racing.

At 09:00 GMT on Wednesday, Concise 2 were off the south-west tip of Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe having given the island a wide berth, swinging west and avoiding a potential wind shadow, while Fitz, in second place 25 miles behind Collier-Wakefield’s Class40, opted for the inshore route around Guadeloupe sailing close to Ilet Kahouanne off the northern tip of Basse-Terre.

The inshore gamble failed to play-out for Ducosson and his team on board Fitz slowed to sub-4 knot averages along Basse-Terre’s western shore while Concise 2 kept the speeds at around 7-8 knots after a brief period of drifting off the island’s south-western tip. Meanwhile, the German team on Pogo 2 had shaved 19 miles off the deficit to Fitz and were trailing Ducosson by 46 miles as he struggled south along the coast.

Throughout Wednesday afternoon (GMT), Fitz continued inshore, overhauled by the IRC1 First 50 Hydrocarbon Logic taking a route further offshore, while Concise 2 kept pace with Piet Vroon’s Ker 46 Tonnere de Breskens 3 at around seven knots as the two boats beat north-east through the channel between Guadelopue and the outlying island of Marie Galante. North of Guadeloupe, Pogo 2 made the best speed of the Class40 trio at 9.9 knots, enjoying the reaching conditions before negotiating the winds and currents to the west of the island.

With 194 miles remaining for the Class40 fleet leader, the three boats will head north towards Barbuda and the North Sails buoy, having left the island of Le Disirade off Guadeloupe’s eastern tip to port, then west to the uninhabited island of Redonda before a final beat to the finish line off Antigua.

Class40 ranking at 16:00 GMT Wednesday 23 February:

1. Concise 2 DTF 194nm Av spd 7.7kts
2. Fitz DTF 234nm Av spd 5.5kts
3. Puff the Magic Dragon RTD
4. Tales RTD
Class40 CSA
5. Ocean Warrior RTD
Class40 IRC1
6. Pogo 2 DTF 268nm Av spd 9.9kts

RORC Caribbean 600 website




by Oliver Dewar

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=80624

6:40 PM Wed 23 Feb 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


News - USA and the World

































Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam day 5 by American Windsurfing Tour,


















470 Men and Women Worlds - Champions decided in Santander by International 470 Class Association,
















ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: 470 awards images by Sail-World.com
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - 470 medal race images by Jesus Renedo
Annapolis-to-Newport Race - 'What to Expect' Seminar to take place
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - No racing on penultimate day
Belcher takes record fifth 470 World Championship
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 8 video highlights
2014 Great Lakes Team Racing Championship about to set off
2014 Etchells North American Championship - Day 1
2014 U.S. Multihull Championship - Day 1
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Repechage top four determined in final flight
J/24 World Championship - 35th anniversary preview
470 Men and Women Worlds - Santander medal race line-up confirmed
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sail-World.com
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing stumbles in coastal race
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans ready for 470 medal races
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Action ramps up with end zone in sight
Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander - Double French RS:X gold
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sailing Energy
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Finn leaders emerge from shifty Santander breeze
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - RS:X winner images by Barbara Sanchez   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 470 spots awarded   
52 Super Series 2015 - Outlook looks hot for the 52 Super Series   
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - Another early start on day 4   
ISAF Sailing World - First entry leaves sailor's reputation in tatters   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Four go through to quarter finals   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard   
ISAF Sailing World Champ - Buckingham finishes with career-best result   
America's Cup: Oracle's Larry Ellison to step down as CEO   
Classic Yacht Regatta - Sonny takes top classic prize   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham finishes with career best   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 RS:X spots claimed   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Leaderboards shaping up in Santander + Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Giles Scott continues to extend lead   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 7 images by Sailing Energy   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Laser and Radial winner images by Jesus Renedo   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Medal Race images by Sail-World.com   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Dutch dominate Laser and Radial in Santander   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing more than doubles overall lead   
J/24 World Championship - Excitement builds for Newport racing   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT