GURNARD SAILOR PART OF WINNING TEAM IN ANTIGUA

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RORC Caribbean 600- credit-RORC.Gurnard top navigator, Ian Moore, was part of a star-studded crew who have won the prestigious RORC Caribbean 600 in Antigua.

It was third time lucky for the team when they were announced overall winner and were awarded the 2015 RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy at a prizegiving ceremony at Antigua Yacht Club.

As a regular on board Hap Fauth’s JV72 Maxi, Bella Mente, Ian Moore was an intrinsic part of the 20-strong crew who travelled from all parts of the world to the Caribbean to secure this victory for the American yacht owner.

Ian Moore, spoke about a crucial part of the course saying:

“Nicknamed the ‘Guadeloupe Casino’, the wind shadow of Guadeloupe can make or break a performance. As the largest and tallest island on the course this can be an unforgiving trap”.

Hap Fauth had left nothing to chance in his quest to win the RORC Caribbean 600 this year and brought a team of world class sailors together which included Volvo Ocean race winning skipper, New Zealand’s Mike ‘Moose’ Sanderson, current Rolex US Sailor of the Year, American Terry Hutchinson and British America’s Cup tactician, Adrian Stead.

Organised by the Cowes and London-based Royal Ocean Racing Club, (RORC) this is the seventh edition of the 600 mile tough non-stop race around 11 Islands, starting and finishing in Antigua each February.

On 23rd February, 66 boats ranging from 33ft Figaro IIs to the mighty 203ft Athos schooner, attracted some of the world’s leading offshore sailors as well as RORC members and Corinthian racers wishing to take on a challenge of a lifetime, competing in the warm waters and perfect tradewind Caribbean conditions.

Southampton’s Brian Thompson who at one time was based on the Island and who holds multiple world records is the first British sailor to have sailed non-stop around the world four times. In this race Brian Thompson was on the record breaking MOD 70 trimaran, Phaedo3, owned by Lloyd Thornburg. This boat set a new race record, shaving 6 hours, 35 minutes and 35 seconds off the old record.

Other Isle of Wight sailors in the RORC Caribbean Race included the following from Cowes or Gurnard:  Murray Goodsell  on Leopard, Nick Joyce  & Andy Middleton  on EH01 , Harriet  Mason  on  Northern Child, Peter  Morton  & Kelvin  Rawlings on Liara, Candice Russell  on  Fenix,  Anthony Haines   on Sorcha, Jonny  Malbon  on Paradox  and Fraser  Brown  on Athos.

Report by Alan and Suzanne Whitewood
Photograph: RORC

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