RORC Caribbean 600 debrief….’A real step forwards’

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RORC Caribbean 600 debrief….’A real step forwards’

With a week of recovery, boat work and further training behind them, the debrief from the RORC Caribbean 600 is extremely positive. The team for the 600 mile race, which passes 11 islands on a 12-leg figure 8 course this time included specialist coaches Jack Bouttell, Miles Seddon and Tom Dawson. Their elapsed time of 01d 10:16:46 for the course was just two hours and two minutes behind Multihull class winner Argo The Limosa team were in touch for much of the race but lost out towards the end.

Co-skipper Dee Caffari enthuses, “What a race! It was intense, it was awesome. In terms of a training platform for what the team wants to do it was perfect, it really was. There were lots of corners, lots of sail changes, every point of sail. There was constant action, always something happening. Every hour or couple of hours there was something. And to do all that and end up only a couple of hours behind the other two MOD70s is good. We could see them for most of the race and we know where we with different mistakes we made. But it was nice to finally be in the race with everybody again.”

In terms of the practical, hard learning gains Caffari highlights, “There is now a lot more confidence in the driving and the trimming, and a lot more trust in each other. Also just understanding how dynamic the trim on these boats is in order to just drive in a straight line, because you are literally on the edge all the time. And it costs you so much when you fall off that ‘edge’ and have to rebuild again. The boys did a really good job with the training leading up to it. I came off the helm having driven at a constant 30kts for an hour and I would not have been able to do that without the training we had before the race. So we really moved forwards.”