As the Crew on board La Bête round St Martin for the long leg down to Guadeloupe in the RORC Caribbean 600, John Burnie has sent a few images from the race course.
RORC have released the following footage from the start, John said it was a packed start line, but great to get going on this very prestigious race.
Here is the view from the push pit on board La Bête at the start…
Here is the finishing position for the La Bête
Unfortunately John was unable to contact us or send through any communications during the race as unfortunately his iPhone and iPad were both quickly compromised in wet conditions! However La Bête had a great race, often amongst or ahead of the Maxi 72’s, as well as Nikata and Highland Fling.
This year the wind was much further south in direction than is normal and the 160 mile leg from St Bart’s to Guadeloupe was a dead beat rather than a fetch – this meant that the upwind legs this year totalled some 300 miles. Unfortunately the head foil on La Bête broke after a sail failure early on in the race and the boats performance was compromised – the crew were only able to raise a J4 on hanks which left the yacht greatly underpowered upwind. The race was completed however and La Bête crossed the line as 4th monohull well in sight of the winning yacht Proteus (which La Bête had overtaken some 24 hrs earlier). 7th place in class and 10th in IRC overall left the crew the crew to ponder what might have been. The yacht is now preparing for the next regatta on the busy program, notably the Voiles de St Bart’s followed by a return to Europe for the Rolex Maxi World Cup in Porto Cervo.