Caribbean 600: US Paradox eating up miles
- Tue, 19 Feb 2013
Racing yesterday saw Peter Aschenbrenner's American trimaran, Paradox and Mike Slade's British Maxi, ICAP Leopard both averaging 18 knots. Paradox is eating up the miles, after literally getting airborne in the upwind leg after the start. The multihull pulled the trigger on the windward side of Antigua, and by 17:00 local time had passed Nevis and blasting to leeward of St.Kitts, still achieving over 20 knots of boat speed.
Check out this footage from the start, courtesy of Richard Langdon/OceanImages:
Lloyd Thornburg's Gunboat 66 Phaedo, nearly twice the weight of Paradox, was being pushed hard by Britain's Brian Thompson on the helm of Phaedo. Paradox was only 12 miles astern giving the Lamborghini Orange Gunboat the class lead on corrected. Sadly Austin Hearst's Gunboat 66, Slim has been forced to retire after rudder damage.
Mike Slade's British Maxi, ICAP Leopard and Hap Fauth's Bella Mente are seriously on the charge. Race fans may have noticed that the race tracker page has Rambler 100's record run from 2011 overlaid and at 1700, ICAP Leopard was ahead of the imaginary rival and the 72 foot Bella Mente less than 2 miles behind!
In the Superyacht category, Filip Balcaen's Belgian Baltic 112, Nilaya has averaged over 14 knots to lead the class on the water, but a strong performance by Adela puts the 180ft Schooner, skippered by Greg Perkins, ahead after time correction. Geert Pepping's schooner Athos had a conservative start to their first ever offshore race but the mood on board is buoyant, as Navigator, Miles Seddon explained by satellite link.
"Chasing down the fleet, after a poor start we have great conditions on Athos, and we are starting to claw our way back. Look out for the 'big red' over your shoulder," said Miles Seddon on Athos.
Ron O'Hanley's American Cookson 50, Privateer is just 16 miles behind ICAP Leopard and ahead in the Canting Keel Class, after time correction. Privateer is also second overall in IRC. However, Hap Fauth's American JV72, Bella Mente is currently leading both IRC Zero and the race for the coveted RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy. Bella Mente is absolutely smoking the rest of her class, extending by over 13 miles from her nearest rival, Jens Kellinghusen's German Ker 51, Varuna.
In IRC One Simon de Pietro's Irish Briand 76, Lilla and Colin Buffin's British Swan 62, Uxorious IV have broken away from the pack after the North Sails Mark at Barbuda.
A tremendous battle is raging in IRC Two, as the fleet approach the North Sails mark. Less than four miles separate the entire nine-boat fleet.
In IRC Three Jonty Layfield's British J/39, Sleeper, holds the advantage and a tremendous battle is developing between two vintage Swans behind them, Adrian Lower's British Swan 44, Selene is only half a mile astern of Valerio Bardi's 46, Milanto.
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