C600 Complete – Podium position for Limosa!

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The MOD70 Limosa and her crew, skippered by Alexia Barrier complete the RORC Caribbean 600

Limosa completed the RORC Caribbean 600 at 2146:41 (local time), on 20th Februray 2024. The race took just over 1 day and 10 hours. The team were hot on the heels of the foiling MODS Argo and Zoulou, who had a very close race.

This means a third place in line honours, and a podium in the Mocra class! A great result for the up and coming team.

“A super tough race for us!! We were closer to the others than we have been, so we are learning! The other MODS did an amazing job, and were hard to beat. We take a lot from this race – about navigation, about preparation and about competing at this level!

I would really like to thank Argo and Zoulou for all of their help prior to the race. They have been incredibly generous, and without them we would have foudl it impossibleto particpate!”
Alexia Barrier.

Argo finished approx 20 mins ahead of Zoulou, and in doing so, claimed Line Honours, and a Mocra class win in the Multihull Class.

The team will now refocus on the task ahead – the first ever all female transatlantic crossing on a MOD70. This is a milestone for the Famous Project, as the team prepares for the Trophee Jules Verne in 2025.

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Monday 19th February 2024 – Fort Charlotte, Antigua

A spectacular fleet of 64 boats, ranging from 32ft (9.81m) to 107ft (32.55m) will be on the startline in Antigua for the 15th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 on Monday 19th February 2024. Over 500 crew from 26 countries will compete in this classic 600 nautical mile race.

For those lucky enough to be in the Caribbean, the start of this classic 600-miler can be viewed from Fort Charlotte, high above the spectacular Pillars of Hercules, or from Shirley Heights. The first start is scheduled for 1100 AST. Since the first edition in 2009, the RORC Caribbean 600 has evolved into one of the world’s most challenging 600-milers. 

Starting from Fort Charlotte, English Harbour, Antigua, the race heads as far north as the Anguilla Channel and south to round Les Saintes, off Guadeloupe. The non-stop race also takes in the devastating beauty of Barbuda, Nevis, St Kitts, Saba, St Barth’s, Montserrat and Redonda. 

First warning signal: 10:50 Atlantic Standard Time (-4 GMT)

Proposed Start Sequence: 

  1. 1100 IRC One, IRC Two & CSA
  2. 1110 IRC Zero & Class40
  3. 1120 IRC Super Zero
  4. 1130 Multihulls

LIVESTREAM OF THE START –

Join RORC YouTube livestream from 10.45 AST (-4 GMT) – Watch the start live from Fort Charlotte, Antigua with Axxess Marine connectivity, as Race Reporter Louay Habib and guests take us through all the action in the race build-up to the start as it happens.

RORC YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@RORCRacing

Race fans and spectators can keep up-to-date with the 600nm race via the Race Website, Live Blog and RORC Social Media channels. Track the fleet and follow all the updates as the race unfolds.

WEBSITE: Race Reports and regular news, links to the Race Tracker, RORC Photo Gallery, Live Results on SailRaceHQ, and much more. Go to: https://caribbean600.rorc.org

LIVE BLOG: Crews will be sending back photos, blogs and video when they can during the race, and the Media Team will be posting updates too. Check out the Live Blog button on the front of the website. caribbean-600-live-blog

RACE TRACKER: 

All yachts will carry a tracker so you can follow the progress of the whole fleet, particular class or individual boat from the race website: tracking

Plus, you can follow the race live by downloading ‘YB Races’ for free from the App store.

RESULTS & LEADERBOARD: https://sailracehq.com/live-results

Less than 24 hours to go

The RORC Caribbean 600 race, which starts from Antigua on Monday 19th February, is the next big step for The Famous Project which is gathering momentum towards their main target, a 2025 all-female challenge for the Trophée Jules Verne on an ULTIM.

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Training complete – focus is now on race day

In contrast to their initial races on their MOD 70 Limosa The Famous Project – namely last year’s Rolex Middle Sea Race and January’s RORC Transat race from Lanzarote to Grenada in the West Indies – this RORC Caribbean 600 is a very different test.

The 600 mile race track passes round 11 islands on a 12-leg figure 8 course which forms a constant, intense test of crew cohesion and focus, all-out boat speed and changing gears in the brisk NE’ly trade winds. Success places a premium on excellent preparation and planning, knowing what sails will be deployed when and, accordingly, keeping the crew operating their high performance MOD70 trimaran as near to 100% as possible.

And in two other top level MOD 70s which are racing, Zoulou and the course record holders Argo, The Famous Project crew have the best possible benchmarks to measure themselves against, and to learn from. Argo has top Britons aboard such a Brian Thompson and Sam Goodchild and French flagged Zoulou have Loick Peyron. Both MOD70s are fully optimised with C Foils and T rudders which make them faster than

The Famous Project’s founder and co-skipper Alexia Barrier is visibly excited at the challenge ahead of the team, “It is great to have the opportunity to be here with the opportunity to race against some of the best sailors in the world on the MOD70s Argo and Zoulou. The main objectives here now are learning to be fast and stay fast and improve the manoeuvres. It is the first time on the RORC Caribbean 600 for us and we have worked hard to be here because it a really intense, technical kind race. In terms of distance, yes it is a little like the Rolex Middle Sea Race but it is consistently faster, there are more corners and many more tricky situations in store. It is perfect training for us at this stage.”

Complementing the majority core group of women crew on board this time – in coaching and support roles – will be two times Ocean Race winner Jack Bouttell, Tom Dawson and navigation ace Miles Seddon. This test – which should take around 36 hours (Argo’s course record is 1 day 5hrs 48mins) – will see Barrier looking to augment her race navigation skills specific to fast multihulls – while the hugely experienced Dee Caffari’s role as co-skipper becomes increasingly focused on running the boat and the team.

Learning from the guys, Bouttell, Dawson and Seddon will be the final check in before The Famous Project’s first ever all female Transatlantic together, sailing from Antigua to Portimao later this month.

“All the time we are in the process of selecting crew for the Trophée Jules Verne and it is good to be trialling as many new people as possible to build the best possible team and testing on a race course like this is a good way to do it.” Explains Barrier, “Then the Transat return is another test along the way as it will be the first time we don’t have boys on board as coaches, and with Dee as co-skipper on our own. Already now we have now got a good feeling about how to drive the boat, we will have good sailors with us even if some have not sailed a multihull before, they will get the feeling very quickly. And only Pamela Lee (IRL) has done some OCEAN 50 sailing but otherwise it is new to many of the team like for example Annie Lush. We have super good sailors but in some senses it is like going from riding a grand prix on a motorbike to driving an F1 car, it is absolutely not like driving another boat everything is very different. They are different worlds.”

Barrier and the team are looking to keep fast tracking their learning. In May they launch the ULTIM and aim to run the two boats at the same time,

She explains, “I think for sure we would like have more money in the project now so we can do more training. We have not had so much time at sea and our boat is not the same as the other MOD70s and we don’t have new sails. So we are not quite at the level we would like to be operating at if we had more money. But it is really cool, we are all so lucky to be doing this. And then we have the big boat going in the water at the end of May and that will be a big step. But we are looking for more partners to benefit from the project and to allow us to run the project at 100% and to get the best team with the best training for the Trophée Jules Verne next year.”

But the immediate target is to acquit themselves well on the Caribbean showcase race, “This is a super technical race and so the objectives are to do all the manoeuvres super efficiently, to use the power of the boat to full effect without breaking anything or anyone, just sailing fast but being careful. I will be learning more about the navigation, getting the right sails for the right angles at the right time. We need to improve a lot there.”

And for Barrier, the transition to co-skipper-navigator from all rounder, skipper and captain, is an exciting new direction, “Without a crew, so solo or doublehanded I did the navigation myself, now I need to understand how to communicate with the crew as the skipper, to improve and to learn. And I am loving this part of the process, I love learning new things. It is really exciting. I have spent so much time doing other things for the project that now I need to devote time to being on the computer and learning the details of navigation as specific to this boat. I used Adrena a lot before but am learning Expedition which is more Anglo-Saxon, there is still a lot to understand and learn. But that is the same for everyone and the spirit and feeling within the team is fantastic. On this race having Tom and Miles on board I am just looking to absorb everything I can as much as I can.”

Bringing a whole heap of youthful energy, power and intelligence to the team on this race and the Transat will be 21 year old triallist Brit Deborah Blair. Originating from Weymouth after cutting her teeth whilst a student at Southampton University racing in the Cape 31 class on the Solent her most recent big boat racing has been with the Austrian Ocean Racing on their VO65 project, doing the Ocean Race legs for The Sprint Cup, legs 1,6 and 7.

She will sail on the mid-bow for the RORC Caribbean 600 and on the bow for the Transat delivery – and grinding! Blair is studying for an MSc in computer sciences, specialising in cyber security. Despite her numeric and computer skills she has no aspirations to take up the navigation role.

“I find it a little bit boring. I don’t want to be below deck, I like being up where the action is, I like being with the waves and the wind near the front of the boat. I don’t see it as being fun sitting looking at a computer screen.” Laughs Blair, “Right now I am just looking to give a good account of myself. My first training days have been just epic. I want to just learn as much as I can, learn the boat, learn my position and improve as much as I can. And hopefully everyone will like me and what I do to enough to be selected. I am pretty strong and fit, doing cross fit and triathlon so I think I can hold my own.”

Deborah Blair –



RORC CARIBBEAN 600 LIMOSA THE FAMOUS PROJECT, CREW LIST
o Alexia Barrier (FRA), captain
o Dee Caffari (GBR), co-skipper
o Elodie-Jane Mettraux (SUI)
o Marie Riou (FRA)
o Deborah Blair (1 st  time on the boat) (GBR)
o Tom Dawson (GBR)
o Jackson Boutell (AUS/GBR)
o Miles Seddon (GBR)

Upcoming races – Antigua 360, and the RORC Caribbean 600

With 3 days to go before racing commences, the Famous Project is assembling the race crew for some training sessions ahead of 2 intense races in and around the Caribbean islands.

2 races this week, starting and finishing in Antigua.

The Antigua 360, a race around Antigua, starts on the 16th Feb, followed closely by the RORC Caribbean 600 on the 19th. The Caribbean 600 is one of the great ‘600 mile’ ocean races, along with epics such as the Rolex Fastnet Race and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.

This 600 nautical mile race circumnavigates 11 Caribbean Islands starting from English Harbour, Antigua and then heads north as far as St Martin and south to Guadeloupe taking in Barbuda, Nevis, St Kitts, Saba and St Barth’s. 

The crew of Limosa has some changes to the crew list that participated in the RORC Transat in January, as well as some familiar faces. Alexia Barrier (skipper) is joined once again by Dee Caffari, (co-skipper) alongside regulars in the Famous Project team, Elodie Mettraux, Marie RiouTom Dawson is back in a coaching role, assisted by Volvo Ocean Race winner Jack Boutell and world class navigator Miles Seddon.

The tropical setting might make it seem inviting but the 600 is a very technical race.  Jack Boutell who is joining the race team said, 

“It’s a perfect race course for the MOD 70 trimaran, with lots of maneuvers, high speeds and racing against two other well tuned MOD 70’s. It will be a nice event and a lot of fun!”. 

Jack Boutell – crew member.

A few days of training and verifying repairs made after the Transat, will give the team enough time to get into race mode ahead of Friday’s Antigua 360, a drag race around Antigua.

New to the team is up and coming sailor Deborah Blair. 

“I am thrilled to be a part of The Famous Project team for the upcoming C600 sailing race. Joining this team presents an exciting opportunity for me to learn from some big names. I haven’t sailed a Mod70 before, and I am very excited to improve my skills in this new environment. Having previously competed in the C600 two years ago on a VO65, I thought that was fast, but this year, with the Mod70, we’ll be even quicker. I can’t wait to be on the start line and feeling the adrenaline.”

The competition will be fierce in the Multihull class, with 2 other extremely experienced MOD70’s vying for line honors.  The team onboard Limosa is well aware that the foilers will be hard to beat with some long reaching legs that will favour the modified trimarans.  The weather will play an important part – it’s not the normal ‘trade wind’ race this year, so it’s all on for the Famous Project team.

“It’s great to be out here in the Caribbean, to line up again against the best multihull sailors in the world. We are really lucky to have a great boat and a fantastic team.  A massive thanks to our sponsors and partners who are helping us train and race these incredible boats.  It’s a selection process that’s ongoing, and building towards the big adventure – the Trophee Jules Verne in 2025!  We can’t wait to get out on the racecourse”.

Alexia Barrier – skipper of Limosa.

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