Tremendous sailing under Caribbean skies
Hard to believe that it’s been more than a month already since the arrival of first all-female crew to have ever competed in a RORC Transatlantic Race, Hatha Marris brought the first stage of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta to an end.
While most of the crews found some time for relaxation during the Christmas holidays, the crew of Jens Kellinghusens Ker 56 Varuna has been busy getting the needed repairs done after damage to Varunas bow caused the highly skilled crew to retire from the AAR-Eastbound while sitting in a promising position for handicap honors. Varuna VI left the Canaries earlier in January to be sailed to the Caribbean for the crew to compete in the RORC Caribbean 600. See here latest position here.
Among Varuna VI are numerous AAR-veterans or teams that have entered the second stage, AAR-Eastbound starting July 8th 2017 off Bermuda. Be it the Juan-K designed 88 footer Rambler88 facing a strong fleet of IRC Mini-Maxis or Class40 Red who will compete against seven other Class40s in this 600 nautical mile coastal classic. Among the group of Class40s is also AAR-Eastbound entrant Iskareen by the Bruhns-Family. Being no strangers to offshore sailing, team Iskareen will for sure be a strong contender in the group of Class40s.
A duel that kept our eyes glued to the race-tracker during the AAR-Westbound was for sure the race between the three youth training yachts Bank von Bremen, Haspa Hamburg and Broader View Hamburg. Each of the teams will also be lining up in the RORC Caribbean 600 and we bet that the two Hamburg-based crews of Haspa Hamburg and Broader View Hamburg will throw everything they got in direction of their Bremen-based competitors after having lost line-honors to Bank von Bremen in the AAR-Eastbound.
We will have a closer look at the remaining AAR-competitors in the RORC Caribbean 600 this time next week. The race starts on Monday, 19th February. More information here. To all our readers a good weekend and fair sailing!