Six hundred miles is a common distance for a lot of high seas cruising regattas today. The format, so to speak.
Nor is it lost among them, with the race now taking off in the Caribbean. RORC Caribbean 600which is
As a result, all kinds of yachts have come to compete in the race, including yachts that do not get lost in any marina. This year more than 40 yachts have signed up for the event including Hetairos which is the largest composite yacht in the world today (220 feet).
Designed by one of the world's coolest and most extraordinary yacht builders Gerard Dijkstra in conjunction with the bureau Reichel/Pugh, a modern take on the classic nineteenth-century British pilots' boats, was launched in 2011 and has an exceptionally low displacement of 220 tons, with 88 of that in ballast. There is no one to compare Hetairos with other modern yachts as most of them are not longer than 50m and those who are are are already in class 90+. It will be interesting to see what result this unusual ketch will show.
Other interesting yachts include speed runners Rambler (but not that one, the other 90-footer) and Ran.
But most importantly - among «maxics» there is also Med Spirit led by the Russian crew headed by Sergey Borodinov and Oskar Konyukhov.
This yacht is a bit familiar to our yachtsmen (at least to those from St.Petersburg) as it is former Bols which came to St.Petersburg in September of 2003.
She was built to set the record of crossing the Atlantic and the record of speed for one-hulled yachts, however the only attempt to do so failed
Unusual for what? Bols was the first large yacht in the world to use transom plates for increasing recovery torque and improving the stern flow - an unusual phenomenon in sailing, but for various reasons not yet adopted.
And today this boat is in the hands of Russian crew. Will it stand up to Rambler? We'll see in a couple of days as the Rambler crew made a bet that they could make it through the distance in less than 48 hours.
Apart from this sprinter, there is another Russian crew - from 600nm club under the command of famous Russian yachtsman Igor Zaretsky.