Campagne de France takes on the RORC 600

16831897_1386795328055436_4434100371322398830_nEarlier this week Miranda, Halvard and Campagne de France began the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 having arrived in Antigua on Friday 17th February. Parked next to some of the most beautiful yachts on the planet the Caribbean 600 is a classic organised by the Royal Offshore Racing Club of which Miranda is a member. This, the 9th edition saw eighty crews including four other Class40’s race 600 miles around Antigua, St. Kitts & Nevis, Anguilla, Saint Barth, Montserrat and Guadeloupe before finishing at its starting point of Antigua.

Lining up against maxi yachts, MOD70s and other large multi and monohulls Campagne de France is racing four other Class 40s. Phor-ty, skippered by long time friend of Miranda and Halvard, Peter Harding, Earendil skippered by Catherine Pourre, Talanta, skippered by Mikael Ryking and Saint Pierre et Miquelon skippered by Marc Lepesquex. The crew onboard Campagne de France have certainly not taken this race lightly and Miranda and Halvard have called upon two experienced sailors in Ronan de Kersauzon and Jean François Guillou to support them along the technically demanding course. « We’re expecting a very tough race, » said Halvard. « The weather looks complicated, with a very unstable trade wind and a winding course between the islands which will impose upon us a tactical and mentally demanding race.” Halvard was correct and in Miranda’s most recent update she mentions the French term ‘panne d’alizés’ which translates to a complete absence of trade winds, which is due to a large weather system to the north. On making contact this morning Miranda reinforced the frustration created by the light conditions mentioning that there was not a ripple of breeze on the water this morning.

Campagne de France currently has 95nm until finishing in Antigua; they sit three miles behind Peter Harding and his newly aquired Class40 Phor-ty. The crews are sailing dead downwind to the Bermuda Mark in between 5-7knots of breeze and should reach land between 10h00 and 12h00 GMT.



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