Ondeck Caribbean Regattas

Caribbean Regattas

 

Be a part of all of the major Caribbean Regattas with Ondeck Sailing

 

RORC Caribbean 600 Team Spirit of juno

 

We are back, of course we would be, it is one of our favourite races.

 

A classic warm water race round beautiful islands in trade winds, well normally yes, but last year, like half the fleet, we had to retire due damage from sustained winds of over 40 kts. For us it was a badly ripped mainsail, others fared worse with one Catamaran capsized. One thing which the 2017 gales proved is that when the going gets rough a Farr 65 that has raced round the World and across the Southern Ocean is a good boat to be on.

 

For 2019 we will have brand new, stronger sails. All 4 Official Crew have considerable experience, both on Juno and other yachts. We are seeking team members to join us on Team Juno. We provide 4 days of training before the race and if you wish you can also sleep on board, which both saves the cost of accommodation plus increases familiarity with the layout. It is great if you are already an accomplished racing sailor, but you don't need experience if you are a committed team member.

 

The Skipper will again be Paul Jackson back for his 6th C600. With over 100,000 NM this Ocean YachtMaster and YachtMaster Instructor plus RYA Offshore Safety Instructor has 25,000Nm of serious racing experience including having won Division in the Sydney Hobart twice, winning 3 Peaks Yacht Race and line Honours for the Lord Howe Island Race.

 

The First Mate will be Arran Chapman who skippered Juno for the Regattas in 2018 with considerable success including winning their Class in Antigua Sailing Week. He will be skipper for the Caribbean regattas again for next season and as well as a great sailor has good engineering skills plus a thorough knowledge of Juno. Fit and agile he will take a lead role in foredeck training and will lead one watch.

 

Karoline George returns as Second Mate and brings with her a wealth of experience including Fastnets, Sydney Hobarts plus C600s. Karoline was with Paul when they were knocked down in over 60 knots in a Sydney Hobart damaging the rig, despite losing 7 hours for repairs they still finished 5th out of 16 in their Division. She will lead on training for pit work plus lead the other watch.

 

Navigator will be Mike Honner who races his own yacht in the US and has raced both C600s plus Antigua to Bermuda on Juno. He is Navigator for Paul's Volvo Round Ireland Team and has proved a great team member when the going gets tough.

 

Six of the 2017 team are already expressing interest in returning for the race. Training starts 1000 13th February and race starts Monday 18th. Originally built and MCA Coded to carry 19 to race round the World we run with a maximum of 16. Spirit of Juno has 15 good sea going berths plus others used for storage. We will run on 2 watches and, once again, aim to beat the Volvo 60s both on IRC and through the water.

 

The package--Accom on board from Sunday afternoon 10th Feb to Sunday morning 24th.

Training starts 1000 13th Feb. and concludes in time for the first big sponsored party on Saturday evening 16th. Race starts 18th and we normally get back in by late Thursday with sponsored prize giving party Friday evening 22nd. Cost--£1750 up to 1st December includes food during training and race, team shirts accom on board for those who want it.

 

WHAGS--Vic, Karoline's husband will be back and is our social anchor-man. I anticipate that my wife, Judith, will be there for much of the time and 2 others are interested already.


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