Conquerers of the Caribbean

By Clare Newman

Friday, March 7, 2014



ISLE OF WIGHT sailors have been leading the way in a record-breaking race in Antigua —The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s RORC Caribbean 600.

Now in its sixth year, the race — dubbed the Caribbean Fastnet — attracted sailors from around the world. Starting and finishing in Antigua but with 11 islands to navigate, it is a tough race for both amateur and professional sailors taking part in the record-breaking fleet of 60 boats.

Cowes-based professional navigator Ian Moore was part of the 22-strong world class crew which sailed Bella Mente to line honours in the event.

The 72-foot yacht was in Cowes last year for the Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week Big Boat Series.

Other Islanders who took part included Cowes resident Andy Middleton, who was part of the crew of Global Yacht Racing’s First 47.7 EH01, which came third in the highly competitive IRC Three class.

Incisor, Corby 45, owned by Ryde’s Derek Saunders of Windward Sailings, also competed along with Girls 4 Sail’s First 40.7, Hot Stuff and Rich Ganly’s Ocean 60, Ocean Venturer.

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