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RORC Caribbean 600 2017 - Blog 1

The 2017 edition of this amazing offshore race around nine islands in the beautiful Caribbean sea got underway at lunchtime yesterday. Arthur Logic, co-skippered by Chris ‘Jacko’ Jackson and Philippe Falle, with a multinational crew of Jane, Claire, Bradley, Les, Dmitriy, Alexander, David and Jim -  two Russians, two Irish, four Brits, an American and a Guernsey boy – got a flying start on port tack together with the J/122 El Ocaso under the Pillars of Hercules off the front of English Harbour in Falmouth in 9 – 10 knots of ESE breeze. 

The first leg took them to Green Island on the SE corner of Antigua. Arthur Logic were just behind the higher rated Joanna of Cowes, another First 40, and ahead (on the water) of our old friends, Scarlet Oyster. At Green Island they bore away to head to the mark laid just off Barbuda. The wind was getting lighter and there was lots of concentrating hard on the spinnaker trim! By late afternoon, Arthur Logic rounded the Barbuda mark and headed west towards Nevis. Scarlet Oyster managed to get inside them at the mark and over take them.

The leg towards Nevis in the dark was a challenging one as the south easterly wind swung around to the west and the last part of the leg saw Arthur Logic tacking upwind but they eventually rounded Nevis at around 1am. Now, as dawn is breaking for them, they are sailing close hauled on port tack and have fetched past St Kitts and are nearly at Saba already in 9 knots of breeze from the west. Regular 600 blog watchers might spot that this is an unusual wind direction for this race! The fleet are experiencing a complex light wind pattern this year – so much so that an enterprising shop owner in the marina was selling wind in the form of fans!! The main pack of the IRC2 class are all very close together and, with 460nm still to go, Arthur is sitting pretty in a mid-fleet position.



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