Sailor Chick of the Week
If you thought the Class 40 was full of soon-to-be Vendee stars, you’d be right, but that doesn’t mean the shorthanded speciality Class can’t be won by less glitzy sailors. Witness Catherine Pourre, who’s Eärendil just won the Class 40 section and set a Class record for the extremely tough Caribbean 600 course that’s been well-attended by top Class 40s since its inception. From the folks in Antigua:
Eärendil took line honours for the eight-strong Class40 Division in an elapsed time of 2 days 13 hours and 15 seconds, breaking the previous record set by Gonzalo Botin’s Spanish Tales II in 2016 by over three hours. Eärendil, with a French, Spanish and Italian crew won the Class40 division for this year’s race by just under three hours. Louis Burton’s BHB was second in class and Arnt Bruhns racing his German Class40 Iskareen was third.
“The team did a fantastic job. I didn’t know we were going to break the record, but we have two crew from Tales who had the record and said we could do it with the forecast conditions,” commented Catherine Pourre. “We had 25 knots almost all the time, with 30 knot gusts. It was very, very wet on deck and inside the boat it was very rough as we were bumping on the waves. When we were upwind I got seasick and it was difficult for me to recover because we had no respite; even reaching was really rough. The RORC Caribbean 600 is part of the American Trophy for the Class40s. It is one of the fiercest and most challenging races for Class40 because of the number of manoeuvres, and this year because of the weather conditions. I hope we will have many more boats next year. There are 58 potential candidates for next year’s Route du Rhum,” continued Pourre.
Click below for an interview with Catherine after the finish with thanks to Louay Habib.