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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