What do you get when you cross George David’s Rambler and the PUMA Ocean Racing Team? A new record in the Caribbean 600.
David’s maxiyacht, Rambler 100, crossed the finish line in Antigua in the early hours of Wednesday, Feb. 23rd in an elapsed time of 1 day 16 hours 20 minutes and 2 seconds. Rambler 100 has broken the monohull race record set by race rival Mike Slade’s ICAP Leopard by nearly four hours.
Two of the world’s most impressive racing yachts have been locking horns over 600 miles of high-speed action in a fight to the finish. Competing against each other for the first time, they are battling it out to snatch the record for the third edition of the RORC Caribbean 600.
The Rambler crew contained the entire compliment of the PUMA Ocean Racing team which will be competing in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race. Tired but elated, PUMA skipper Kenny Read commented dockside in Antigua:
“That was a lot of fun but hard work for a while. You do something like sail around the world and that is almost easy compared to this, because there is no time to take any sleep. You’re taking so many corners and turns but it is also a gorgeous course, it’s a dream come true type of event. I am glad we came and that George invited me. Probably the most memorable part of the course was at night with a full moon at the top of St. Maarten, big breeze and massive breaking waves. It was huge fun and really cool. We came out of their doing 26 knots. It has been a real adventure.”
For the complete story, go to www.caribbean600.rorc.org.