Varuna third over the line
“It was rough and very wet”, commented Jens Kellinghusen, owner of Varuna after a well-deserved welcome to Antigua. The crew of the black canting keel Ker-design had just secured third place over the line after having been ranked first over all up until few miles off the finish. Currently fourth overall, Varuna has filled in a redress for having altered the course to assist in the rescue of Fujin during the race. After having been forced to retire from the AAR-Westbound due to structural damage, Varuna proofed very capable in this rough and challenging Caribbean 600 race. “We have no injuries to our crew and we didn’t break anything. Varuna now has additional structure of 180 kg and the boat has held up extremely well”, commented Kellinghusen.
Tilmar Hansen’s German Elliott 52ss Outsider was just eight minutes behind Varuna on corrected time. “That was a tough one”, commented Malte Päsler after the race. For AAR-Eastbound, Outsider will be sailed by the Crew of Kiel-based bigboat veteran Dr. Harald Bruening and his Topas-crew. Caribbean 600 proofed a good opportunity for parts of the Topas-crew to get to know Outsider. Like most of the AAR-competitors, Outsider will take part in Antigua-Bermuda as a delivery/preparation regatta.
In the Class40 division Catherine Pourre’s Eärendil rounded Redonda at dusk to hanker down for a brutal 30-mile beat to the finish. With a comfortable 24-mile lead for the last stretch of the race, Eärendil secured victory in the Class40 over Louis Burton’s BHB who finished almost three hours later. AAR-competitor Red is still holding off fellow crew of ISKAREEN. With Red still sitting in third place ISKAREEN is increasing the pressure on the crew of Skipper Mathias Mueller von Blumencron. At 09:40 CET, Red tacked in defense of ISKAREEN. Looking at the tracker we might well witness ISKAREEN overtaking Red some 20 miles off the finish after three days of brutal offshore racing.
A few miles behind the Class40s, the battle of the youth training yachts Haspa Hamburg, Bank von Bremen and Broader View Hamburg is at full pace. Haspa Hamburg has built a comfortable lead over fellow rivals from Bremen, who in turn managed to hold off Broader View Hamburg. All three crews are expected to finish during the day.
With 33 yachts still at sea, the race for corrected time is still on. However, it appears unlikely that one of the smaller yachts will beat current IRC-overall leader Rambler 88 on corrected time given a lighter forecast for the remainder of the race.
Follow the race here: http://caribbean600.rorc.org/Tracking-Players/2018-fleet-tracking.html
Photo: RORC/Tim Wright