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Posted by on Feb 25, 2011 in Racing Sailboat, Sailboat Racing, Sailing, UK, US |

RORC Caribbean 600: Finish Line Report

The big boats have finished, and now finishers continue to trickle into Antigua.

Editor’s Note: Boats.com blogger Louay Habib sent this overview of finishers from the RORC Caribbean 600, a race that starts and finishes in Antigua. For the full story and more information about the race—in which Rambler set a new monohull race record—visit the RORC Caribbean 600 website.

With the big showdown done and dusted between the Maxis, it was a full ten hours before the third yacht crossed the finish line of the RORC Caribbean 600.

Vela Veloce powers upwind.  Photo: Tim Wright, photoaction.com

Vela Veloce reveled in the big breeze. Photo: Tim Wright, photoaction.com

Peter Harrison’s magnificent 115 ketch, Sojana, produced a powerful performance, completing the course on Wednesday afternoon. There were happy smiles on board, especially the owner who has been an admirer of the race since conception. “Due to circumstances, we couldn’t race in the first two editions but it was third time lucky and what a magnificent race this is, it is a fantastic way to see some of the beautiful islands in the Caribbean,” commented Peter dockside.

Next home was Brian Benjamin’s stunning Carbon Ocean 82, Aegir. Brian typifies the characters in this sport. “We broke a few things but that was to be expected really, this is the first time that the new boat has been fully tested. It is always better to win but I will always remember my first race with this delightful boat and the great people that were sailing on her.”

Lloyd Thornburg’s head turning Gunboat 66, Phaedo, finished the race in the early evening. The Lamborghini-orange hull has been flashing around the course, eating up the miles. Top speed was 28.7 knots. Check out the movie of Phaedo.

Read the full story on the RORC Caribbean 600 website.

Louay Habib