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Double Handed Sailing: via @OffshoreOne about 12 hours ago


RORC Easter Challenge Day Three - Who's in the Chocolates: via @OffshoreOne about 19 hours ago


Shot post #Kolga45 Sailing at @OffshoreOne Easter Challenge. Steve Hayles from @ranracing taught us heaps! #sailing about 1 day ago


RT @OffshoreOne : RORC Easter Challenge Day 2: via @OffshoreOne about 1 day ago


Testing conditions @OffshoreOne on #Kolga45 this weekend with @tweetBKA . Great lessons learnt with Steve Hayles from Ran Racing. #sailing about 2 days ago


RT @tweetBKA : Plenty of Easter eggs for results at RORC Easter Challenge! @OffshoreOne about 2 days ago


Plenty of Easter eggs for results at RORC Easter Challenge! @OffshoreOne about 2 days ago


RT @OffshoreOne : RORC Easter Challenge Day 2: via @OffshoreOne about 2 days ago


RT @OffshoreOne : RORC Easter Challenge Day 2: via @OffshoreOne about 2 days ago


Team zeilnieuws is out! ▸ Top stories today via @dlzeilen @offshoreone about 3 days ago


RT @OffshoreOne : RORC Easter Challenge Day 2: via @OffshoreOne about 3 days ago


RORC Easter Challenge Day 2: via @OffshoreOne about 3 days ago


RT @tweetBKA : Sailors fuel up with big breakfast at @UKSAsailing before second day of RORC Easter Challenge @OffshoreOne about 3 days ago


Sailors fuel up with big breakfast at @UKSAsailing before second day of RORC Easter Challenge @OffshoreOne about 3 days ago


RORC Easter Challenge: Day 1: via @OffshoreOne about 3 days ago


1st and 3rd for #Yeoman109 today to lead class 3 after first day of, #Kolga45 in 6th overnight in competitive class 1. @OffshoreOne about 4 days ago


#yeoman109 #winning with the @tweetBKA crew, thankyou @OffshoreOne about 4 days ago


Great starting practice at RORC Easter Challenge on #Yeoman109 , quick snack before racing starts @OffshoreOne about 4 days ago


RORC Easter Challenge Preview: Season Warm Up: via @OffshoreOne about 4 days ago
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A race to remember spacer spacer
Sunday, 26 February 2012 20:31

The fourth edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 hosted by the Antigua Yacht Club was a sensational success. The Caribbean's only offshore yacht race attracted some of the world's most fabulous yachts as well as corinthian entries. 578 sailors from 35 different countries took part in a memorable race. This year, the race attracted a truly international field including a number of world-class Spanish sailors racing on Volvo 70, Gran Jotiti, and Swan 56, Clem. There were also a significant number of Russian sailors, no doubt enjoying getting away from the cold Russian winter. Oscar Konyukhov's 90ft Maxi, Med Spirit, crewed by amateur Russian and French sailors, put in a great performance against fully professional competition. Anders Nordquist, owner of Swan 90, Nefertiti, was taking part in his first ever offshore race and loved every minute of it.

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Friday, 24 February 2012 17:19

spacer It has been a busy 24 hours at the Antigua Yacht Club. At dawn on the fifth day of the RORC Caribbean 600, only three yachts were still at sea vying to complete the course before tonight's Prizegiving celebrations and all of the class winners are now provisionally decided. The bar at the Antigua Yacht Club has been in full swing, buzzing with stories between the crews and songs in a myriad of different languages.

Team Selene skippered by Benjamin Davitt finished yesterday morning. The Swan 80 sailed an excellent race to claim third place overall and will lift the prestigious Swan Caribbean Challenge Trophy later this evening.

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Day 4 Afternoon Report: Looks like Rán spacer spacer
Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:29

spacer At noon on the fourth day of the RORC Caribbean 600, Niklas Zennström's JV72, Rán look to have clinched the overall win and will lift the sterling silver RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy at tomorrow night's Prizegiving ceremony. This morning Scarlet Logic, co-skippered by Ross Applebey and Tim Thubron, was the only yacht which posed any sort of threat, but realistically the Oyster 48 will not cover the last 70 miles of the course by 17:40 local time today.

All of the yachts racing in IRC Zero are now accounted for. Rán are the class winners with George David's RP90, Rambler, in second place. Swan 80 Selene, skippered by Benjamin Davitt, finished the race this morning to secure third place in class and possibly lay claim to the Swan Caribbean Challenge Trophy.

Read more... [Day 4 Afternoon Report: Looks like Rán]
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Thursday, 23 February 2012 15:08

spacer Both Adela and Windrose capture the imagination of years gone by. In spectacular surroundings the golden age of the schooners was recreated in an epic battle between two magnificent yachts and just before dawn on the fourth day of the RORC Caribbean 600, the gentlemanly duel was settled.

The wondrous 180ft schooner, Adela crossed the finish line to take the gun just 1 hour and 42 minutes ahead of great rival, the 154ft schooner, Windrose of Amsterdam. The two schooners had enjoyed an intense battle around the 600-mile course with the two yachts trading places for the lead on eight separate occasions.

Greg Perkins, skipper of Adela spoke dockside after the win:

"The RORC Caribbean 600 is a race that really suits schooners. There is lots of reaching involved rather than upwind, so I suggested to the boss that this would be great race to do. Unfortunately the owner could not come due to work commitments but one of the owner's business friends came aboard as a guest and I think he thoroughly enjoyed it and he fitted in really well and enjoyed the experience."

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Thursday, 23 February 2012 11:29

spacer Peter Harrison's 115ft ketch, Sojana and Gerhard Andlinger's 124ft sloop, P2 have never done battle before in an offshore race. The two magnificent superyachts had a 600-mile match race around the entire course. P2 were the first home by just over 13 minutes in a race lasting over two and a half days. However, Sojana was well over an hour quicker than P2 after time correction. The two skippers, Marc Fitzgerald and Jonathan Kline spoke dockside, as the two yachts finally came to rest in Falmouth Marina.

Marc Fitzgerald - Sojana:

"We don't often have a match race on Sojana, we try an avoid it to be honest, especially when you are up against someone as good as Peter Holmberg who was at the wheel of P2. However, we ended up with a match race all the way around the course. P2 got away at the start, basically because they were much quicker in the light upwind but we reeled them in on the reach to Barbuda."

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Thursday, 23 February 2012 00:01

spacer The 214ft superyacht Hetairos skippered by Vincent Fauquenoy, crossed the finish line in Antigua on Wednesday 22nd February 2012, completing the RORC Caribbean 600 in an elapsed time of 2 days 2 hours 39 minutes and 32 seconds to claim Line Honours. The monumental ketch was well outside the record time set by Rambler 100 last year, however the international team aboard Hetairos were all smiles as they were greeted by well-wishers and a cacophony of horns from megayachts in Falmouth Harbour.

Hetairos navigator, South African Marc Lagesse modestly admitted to being somewhat taken aback with their achievement:

"I have to say, I am genuinely surprised that we were the first yacht home. I honestly thought that we wouldn't take Line Honours before the race. Hetairos and especially her sails are not optimized for racing on a course like the '600. Also I thought that from a navigators point of view, I got a few calls not quite right. However, we did have a few decisions work out for us by chance and I would always say it is better to be lucky than good! For example, we went inshore behind Guadeloupe, to change a sail in flat water and by chance we got a big lift in there. Last year I did this race on a Class40 in a lot of wind, so I have experienced some big contrasts but I really enjoyed this race, an illustrious fleet with great people and a big atmosphere."

Read more... [Hetairos victorious, Rán count the minutes]
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Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:56
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