Multihull class for the RORC Caribbean 600 >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Ten spectacular multihulls will be in action at the start of the 2022 RORC Caribbean 600 from Antigua on Monday 21 February. This year, the RORC Caribbean 600 presents a spectacular MOCRA class with 10 multihulls in action.
While the overall winner of the RORC Caribbean 600 will be the monohull with the fastest IRC-corrected time, racing under the MOCRA scoring rule, many multihulls in the 2022 class are new to the race and the time-corrected winner is wide-open .
The RORC 600-mile classic will headline a Line Honors rematch for three 70ft trimarans who fought hard and fast for the line in this year’s RORC Transatlantic Race.
Giovanni Soldini’s Multi70 Maserati (ITA) won the 3,000 mile race by a slim margin and also holds the RORC Caribbean 600 race record (2019 – 30 hours, 49 minutes, 00 seconds). Peter Cunningham’s PowerPlay (CAY) and Jason Carroll’s Argo (USA) will be looking to push Maserati all the way for the 2022 RORC Caribbean 600.
PowerPlay won Line Honors in 2020 less than five minutes behind Argo, with Maserati third. The Multihull Line Honors wild card is Antoine Rabaste’s Ultim’Emotion 2 (FRA), which has a waterline advantage over the three 70-foot trimarans. The leader of the multihull on the water is expected to change several times – prepare for a photo-finish, potentially at record pace.
“The RORC Caribbean 600 is a very different race from the RORC Transatlantic. We will have more crew due to the many maneuvers around the course,” commented Maserati’s Giovanni Soldini. “Of course, Maserati is a faster boat than our record run in 2019, but beating it will depend on the conditions. Compared to Argo and PowerPlay, our best wind angle is downwind above 16 knots when we are very fast, but on a tight drop, the competition can be just as fast.
“For Maserati, the best performance will come if we stay under pressure and do the right maneuvers. We have a plan to go around each island, but that can change in an instant depending on the situation of the other boats and if the wind direction changes. I’m sure it will be a fantastic race!
The three 70-footers have changed crews since the RORC Transatlantic Race, with Argo bringing in specialist trimmer Pete Cumming, Maserati adding young French talent Thomas Joffrin and legendary Loïck Peyron bolstering the PowerPlay team.
This year’s race attracted a fascinating entry of multihulls, all of which are very capable of winning the MOCRA class. With 10 teams entered, this is the second largest entry for multihulls in the 14-year history of the RORC Caribbean 600.
Christian Guyader’s Saveol (FRA), skippered by Gwen Chapalain, and Quentin le Nabour’s Club 5 Oceans (FRA) are both ORC50s; a new class for the Route du Rhum 2022. Light, with an enormous sail area and a rotating mast, Guyader Saveol and Club 5 Oceans are capable of completing the race in less than 48 hours. Club 5 Oceans put in an excellent performance for the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race, completing the 3,000 mile course in less than 12 days.
For the RORC Caribbean 600, Club 5 Oceans will race with 10 crew members, mainly Russians. Christian Guyader at the controls Guyader Saveol is taking part in his second RORC Caribbean 600 and has an entirely French crew of six. This year’s race is unfinished business for Guyader, who failed to complete the course in 2018.
Vincent Willemart’s TS42 Banzai (BEL) will race with only four on board, all Belgians. Banzai finished third in the MOCRA class for the 2021 Rolex Fastnet Race, beating Argo and Maserati after time correction. Vincent Willemart has a formidable track record racing with the RORC, winning the 2014 RORC Season Points Championship overall with his MC34 Azawakh.
Groupe GCA-1001 Sourires (FRA) by Gilles Lamire is a recognized winner; the Ocean Fifty (formerly Multi50) won the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabres category, in double-handed with Antoine Carpentier. The GCA Group is all carbon, flies on foils and is capable of 40 knots of boat speed! Lamire is taking part in his second RORC Caribbean 600 after finishing on the podium in 2018 with the French Tech Caraîbos.
Selika, skippered by Andrew Bland, is a new concept from the drawing board of Frers Yacht Design. The bluewater performance catamaran has the latest foiling package and will have an international crew of eight. With a full interior and powerful sail configuration, Selika will revel in the great airs and rough seas.
Aldo Fumagalli’s Neel 47 Minimole (ITA) is a Marc Lombard design. The smallest multihull in the race, with a full interior weighing just over 10,000kg, Minimole is unlikely to keep pace with larger sport multis, but has a significantly lower MOCRA rating than the entire class.
The 2020 RORC Caribbean 600 attracted 76 teams from 21 countries and crews from six continents. When the 13th edition kicks off, the 600 nautical mile course circumnavigates 11 Caribbean islands from Fort Charlotte, English Harbour, Antigua and heads north to St Martin and south to Guadeloupe via Barbuda, Nevis, St Kitts, Saba and St Barth’s.
• Multihull record (2019) – Giovanni Soldini, Maserati, Multi 70 (ITA) – 30 hours, 49 minutes, 00 seconds
• Monohull record (2018) – George David, Rambler 88, Maxi (USA) – 37 hours, 41 minutes, 45 seconds
PREVIOUS WINNERS: RORC CARIBBEAN 600 TROPHY – IRC GLOBAL
2019 – David and Peter Askew, assistant, Volvo 70 (USA)
2018 – George David, Rambler 88, Maxi (USA)
2017 – Hap Fauth, Bella Mente, JV72 (USA)
2016 – George Sakellaris, Maxi 72, Proteus (USA)
2015 – Hap Fauth, JV72, Bella Mente (USA)
2014 – George Sakellaris, RP72, Shockwave (USA)
2013 – Ron O’Hanley, privateer, Cookson 50 (USA)
2012 – JV72 by Niklas Zennström, Rán (GBR)
2011 – George David, Rambler 100, JK 100 (USA)
2010 – Karl CL Kwok, Beau Geste, Farr 80 (HKG)
2009 – Adrian Lee, Lee Overlay Partners, Cookson 50 (IRL)