Battle Lines Drawn for Class40 Division

by Kemoir Martin

Antigua, 22 February 2024: On day four of the RORC Caribbean 600 six of the 11-strong Class40 division were heading towards Redonda, the final island of the 600-mile race. The six-pack of Class40s were in a group just 15 miles apart, but the leading three look to be far enough ahead to make up the podium. However, the wind speed and direction to the finish line in Antigua is very unstable – a thrilling finish is anticipated.

At 0900 AST on Thursday 22 February, James McHugh’s Tquila was rounding Redonda and increasing their lead. LHOROne (FRA) skippered by Guillaume Pirouelle was their nearest rival, as they have been for the entire race. Jules Bonnier’s Entrepreneurs pour la Planète (FRA) is up to third. For the final leg from Redonda to the finish, Tquila, LHOROne and Entrepreneurs pour la Planète are likely to make up the Class40 podium, but in which order is difficult to confirm.

LHOROne (FRA) skippered by Guillaume Pirouelle © Tim Wright/

Entrepreneurs pour la Planète © Tim Wright/

The current weather to the west of Antigua is a light southerly breeze. There is plenty of cloud cover which will create areas of wind to increase velocity or to suck the wind out of the sails. The Class40 showdown is expected to be decided before sunset tonight, Thursday 22 February. Please note that all ranking positions above are provisional.

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ENDS/… Louay Habib

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