RORC 600, Phaedo3 king among multihulls, Rambler good but not too good


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One day, 9 hours, 35 minutes and 30 seconds. That was the record time taken by Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD 70 Phaedo3 (formerly Foncia) to complete the 600 miles of the most crowded edition ever (64 boats at the start) of the RORC Caribbean 600
, departing and returning to Antigua for a total of 600 miles after touching the most fascinating Caribbean islands (Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saba, St. Barth, St. Martin, Guadeloupe): improved the time set by Claude Thelier and John Burnie with the Orma 60 Region Guadeloupe by more than 6 1/2 hours. won in the first edition of the regatta (in 2009).

George David’s Rambler 88, the boat to beat, did not disappoint expectations by finishing second in actual and first among powerboats. However, he failed to improve the class record, which belongs since 2011 to Rambler 100, same owner, which thus remains 40 hours, 20 minutes and 2 seconds. “The weather conditions did not help us,” David said, “but I believe Rambler 88 is faster than the 100-footer. Too bad the final ranking does not include Maserati, Giovanni Soldini’s VOR70, which had to retire due to hydraulic keel problems in the early stages of the long Caribbean run.



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