Originally Posted by indaba1991
Confession - I do frequently indulge a bit on the "dark side" as I am a racing skipper on big boats. In 2009 I started a race in Antigua called the RORC Caribbean 600 which races 600 miles all around the the leeward islands. I still hold the record for the race set in 2009 on a big multihull. 40 hrs 11mins 5sec which is not bad for the distance. Nacho teams may have seen a picture of this trimaran on the wall in the pub in Yarmouth - pulling a water skier. Anyhow I have entered a 98 ft clunker this year called BRISTOLIAN which is not a particularly fast boat - anyone interested can follow the race on live trackers. See the website www.caribbean600.org
This is the 6th edition of the race and it is gaining status as an international event.
Respect. Never done any big-boat racing but I used to be a volunteer skipper for the Ocean Youth Trust's 76' gaff-rigged Ketch, 'Greater Manchester Challenge' and we used to take itinerant kids away sailing for a week at a time, so I too enjoy big-boat sailing but have to say, not in the league of 'Bristolian' which looks absolutely gorgeous (if a RIBnetter's allowed to say that about a stick and string powered craft?). Took the boat from Liverpool to Fuerteventura and back one year via Lisbon and Cadiz which made a change to the usual slog around the Western Isles or the Clyde with a 'reluctant' crew!
Anyway, I'm sure we'll catch up one day John and can swap stories about various Caribbean haunts too - Foxy's on Jost Van Dyke, Sunshine's Bar on Nevis, the Dogwatch Tavern in Jolly Harbour, Sidney's Peace and Love bar, The Mad Mongoose in Falmouth, Rawlins Plantation on St Kitts, etc, etc