release the hound

How impressive!

Dan Litchfield’s classic Hound (USA) put in a great last beat to the finish from Redonda to win IRC One in the RORC Caribbean 600. The Aage Nielsen 59 sloop was built in 1970, the oldest boat in the race. Laurent Courbin’s First 53 Yagiza (FRA) skippered by Phillippe Falle was second by just 24 minutes after IRC time correction. In third place was Andrew & Sam Hall’s Lombard 46 Pata Negra (GBR), just six minutes behind Yagiza after IRC time correction.

“We got pushed really hard by the other boats in our class and somehow we pulled it out at the end and it feels great,” commented Hound owner Dan Litchfield. “It was only when we were rounding Redonda that we thought the win was possibly for real and then we sailed right into a wind hole, but it picked up again and we were back in business. The Hound crew is the best I have ever sailed with.”  Photo © Tim Wright/Photoaction.com.

Title inspiration thanks to Montgomery Burns.