CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR!Wednesday 20th February 2013
Peter Aschenbrenner's American 63ft trimaran, Paradox from California completed the RORC Caribbean 600 in Antigua on 20 Feb 03:22:52, in an elapsed time of 40:22:52, just missing out on the Multihull Course Record of 40:11:05 set by ORMA 60, Region Guadeloupe in the 2009 race.
Paradox was just 11 minutes and 47 seconds outside the course record, which has stood since the very first edition of the race. However, Peter Aschenbrenner was still up-beat dockside: "Fantastic conditions, really amenable to Paradox, that was a dream ride," smiled Peter. "We're really surprised that we were so close to the record. That time was set by a race boat and we are just a cruising trimaran with three year old sails. So to get that close was really astonishing and a testament to what a great boat Paradox is."
In the Multihull Class, Lloyd Thornburg's Gunboat 66, Phaedo needs to finish by 12:52:30 to beat Paradox. At 05:35 Phaedo was 81.2 miles from the finish.
Multihull record holder - Region Guadeloupe in 40 hours 11 mins 5 secs (2009)
Monohull record held by Rambler 100 in 40 hours 20 mins 02 secs (2011)
During the race, there will be daily news stories, images and video updates from the fleet. All of the yachts are fitted with Yellowbrick trackers and competitors are encouraged to send blogs and images from the yachts, which will also appear on the website. http://caribbean600.rorc.org/2013-fleet-tracking.html
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