1 day. 13 hours. 41 minutes. 45 seconds. George David's crew on "Rambler 88" didn't need much longer for the Caribbean classic from and to Antiguben. With this fabulous time, the crew on the American racer earned both the "Line Honors" and a new monohull record for the RORC Caribbean 600. In total, the ultra-light Kouyoumdjian design from 2015 completed 650 nautical miles in these very fast races. Once built primarily for "line honors" and less for record hunts, the 88-footer now owns both at the 10th anniversary of the popular Caribbean long haul. The record remains with the same owner, because the monohull record was held by George David's predecessor "Rambler 100", which, however, lost its keel in 2011 as a result of the Caribbean 600 record at the Rolex Fastnet Race in the summer of the same year and overturned.
Symbolic picture for the 10th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600: That's how fast the race is this year
Jens Kellinghusen's "Varuna" crew on the hunt for a podium place in the anniversary edition
With the new record, David's crew initially also took the lead in the overall IRC standings. Behind them on Wednesday morning in German time were the American "Warrior" (29 nautical miles to the finish) and the Hamburg "Varuna" (109 nautical miles to the finish) in second and third place. Stefan Jentzsch's "Black Pearl" came in 7th with 198 nautical miles remaining. The two German Class 40 yachts "Red" and "Iskareen" followed in positions 12 and 13, and were in positions 3 and 4 in their own class around 230 nautical miles from the finish line. The "HaspHamburg" and the "Broader View Hamburg" - both boats of the Hamburgischer Verein Seefahrt - had placed themselves around 250 nautical miles from the finish on ranks 15 and 16 in the overall IRC ranking. However, all positions can still change until the finish line.
The red "HaspHamburg" from the Hamburg Maritime Association
The exact position of Tilmar Hansen's "Outsider" remains uncertain for the time being due to tracker problems
The "Line Honors" for the multihulls had secured the crew on the "Paradox" a good half an hour before "Rambler 88" as the first boat to cross the finish line with a sailed time of 1 day, 13 hours, 5 minutes and 16 seconds. Peter Aschenbrenner's 63-foot-long trimaran also won the Mocra rating.
Here you can find the tracker and the intermediate results
The "Bank von Bremen" at the 10th edition of the Caribbean regatt from and to Antigua