ANDIAMO – A family affair enjoying the Caribbean 600

The RORC Caribbean 600 run by the RORC and Antigua Yacht Club is a 600 mile passage race from Antigua circling St Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, Montserrat and Guadeloupe.

Among this years entrants was the Gunfleet 58 ANDIAMO, crewed primarily by family members of her owner, Byrne Murphy.

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Andiamo powers across the starting fleet on port tack

Byrne summarized the race as:

“This year’s Caribbean 600 featured the highly unusual condition of not having the usual trade winds, which typically blow 15+ knots. Instead the winds were often light to non-existent, often averaging 8 knots. ANDIAMO was at a clear disadvantage in such light airs and consequently fell back in the fleet when they prevailed. However, it was equally clear that once the winds hit 13+ knots she very much held her own. At 15+ knots we made up ground on nearly all the boats in our class. A squall lasting several hours blew in one morning with 30+ knots. ANDIAMO charged ahead at up to 14.5 knots under double reefed Solent and mainsail, catching and passing numerous boats, making up time on almost all boat’s in our class.

Despite unusually light airs, the race was incredibly fun, and she sailed very well against some extremely high quality racers (though I guess they didn’t have the home comforts of full air con, washer/dryer, bimini, big showers, a very generously stocked galley etc!). The middle of the pack finish can certainly be improved with better winds. But the team we had aboard was deep in talent for international racing. They were very impressed with the boat and with the service they witnessed. Great race overall.

I look forward to next year’s race, when the trade winds ought to be back, levelling the playing field for all boats, and especially for Tony Castro’s fast hull design of the 58.”

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Back in Antigua and well deserved Caribs all round! From left: Byrne’s nephew Ben Chafee,
his brother Clarke (a frequent racer of Maxis for such events), Byrne and two of his
lovely daughters, Cara and Avery (their first ocean race).

This is ANDIAMO’s second Caribbean season – she spends her summers cruising from her home port of Jamestown, Rhode Island, up to Maine, and out ofGibson Island on the Chesapeake Bay.She carries an extensive sail wardrobe when fully crewed out on the racecourse, but is equally happy in cruising mode when her hydraulic furlers, electric winches and thrusters make ANDIAMO easily sailed by Byrne with his wife Pamela.

We wish them all fair winds and lots more fun in 2017.

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ANDIAMO powering up wind – her stern was seen by many of the competitors!

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