Four Figaro II teams, all from the Guadeloupe Grand Large sailing academy, are racing in this year’s RORC Caribbean 600. 18 sailors from the offshore racing academy are racing on four identical yachts and have high aspirations for the future; the Solitaire du Figaro, Route du Rhum or the Everest of offshore solo-sailing, the Vendée Globe.
At 1200 local time on Day Four of the RORC Caribbean 600, the leading Figaros in the race had just rounded Barbuda for the second time and were 78 miles from the finish. Benjamin Augereau’s Bandit Mancho was less than a mile ahead of Alienor Fleury’s Urga Burga.
Simon Lefort’s SOR was six miles behind the leader and Arthur Bouwyn’s Bato 1 was in fourth place. The battle at the front is intense with a photo-finish likely between Bandit Mancho and Urga Burga at around midnight tonight.
While the fastest boats have finished the RORC Caribbean 600, the fight is still on for the three boats pushing hard to win the Mariella Cup for best Classic yacht overall. Donated by Carlo Falcone in 2014 and won that year by his 79ft Alfred Mylne designed yawl of the same name, the yachts in contention for the Mariella Cup include Brian Smullen’s 1970 Irish McGruer 55, Cuilaun and Robert Fabre’s 1945 Marconi Frers 42ft ketch, Vagabundo II.