A team of superyacht captains have announced their intention to participate in the newly formed RORC Caribbean 600 Race, sailing on Claude Theiler’s Orma 60 trimaran Region Guadeloupe.
Their aim is to set a course record on the well known vintage trimaran that won the Route du Rhum, originally as Primagaz.
The team, which has been put together by Mark Stevens and John Burnie (one of the founders of the new RORC race), consists of Mark Stevens, captain of Hyperion (54m Huisman); Ben Cameron, captain of Mirabella V (75m Holland); Steve Branagh, captain of Narida (110ft Wally); and Ian Bradshaw, second captain of Hyperion.
In addition, the team will hugely benefit from further crew members Ed Danby and Ben Wood, boat builders and multihull specialists par excellence. Ed Danby, among many other sailing credits, is probably best known for the key roles he played on Grant Dalton’s super-maxi cat Club Med.
The legendary French multihull sailor Claude Theiler will sail as team captain and the crew line up is completed with Guadeloupe-based navigator Stephane Squarcioni and Antigua Yacht Club member Richard Watson.
Mark Stevens, who is about to cross the Atlantic on Hyperion, said while in Palma: “Ben, John, Steve and I have know each other for a number of years and have raced together on various vessels at different regattas including Braveheart (76 Truly Classic), Bristolian (93ft Frers), Our Blue Dream (37m Dubois), Wally B (110ft Wally) and more recently Hyperion (54m Huisman).
“However, racing a pedigree Orma 60 trimaran over 600 miles is very different and really appeals to our aging sense of adventure. It will be a close to the water white knuckle ride, slightly different from bucket sailing! We will be looking to the experience of Claude, Ed, Stephane, and Ben to see us around the course quickly and safely. The aim clearly is however to be first home and set the multihull record.”
The RORC 600 Caribbean Race has attracted wide interest from many differing styles of yachts. Regular Antiguan winner Bernie Evan Wong has already entered his Mumm 36 High Tension, and at the upper end participation announcements have been made by Leopard, Sojana, Windrose, Velsheda, and the recently launched 145ft Wally Saudade.
The RORC Caribbean 600 was the idea of a group of members based in the Caribbean. The inaugural race will take place on 23 February starting and finishing in Antigua. The race is attracting an exciting field of competitors and is open to multihull, mono-hull, and two-handed classes.