Proteus (USA) declared overall winner of RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy.
George Sakellaris’ Maxi72, Proteus (USA) has been declared the overall winner of the 2016 RORC Caribbean 600. Whilst several yachts are still racing, by the afternoon of Thursday 25 February the remaining teams will be unable to better Proteus’ corrected time under IRC. Sakellaris was awarded the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy for the best corrected time under the IRC Rating rule.
It is the second time that George Sakellaris has skippered the overall winner, having won the 2014 race with Maxi72, Shockwave. Proteus was also the winner of the highly competitive IRC Zero class featuring four Maxi72s.
“I would like to congratulate all competitors for attending such a great, great event. I am glad to have been part of it. We got a little bit lucky and won the day, but this event has many great teams and sailors. I am so happy; we hope to see you next year,” exclaimed George Sakellaris, owner of Maxi72, Proteus.
George referred to the great battle they had with Hap Fauth's Bella Mente till Bella developed a keel problem serious enough for the team to retire from the race.
Dieter Schön's Momo finished 2nd overall after having been one of the early leaders. Team Momo had a few lobsterpot encounters, one of them took some time to get free of the pot.
Sir Peter Ogden's Jethou lost contact with the other three Maxi72s in the lee of Guadeloupe, sailing into a windhole from which the team could not recover. It did cost them a place on the podium for a 4th overall finish and 3rd in IRC Z.
The three M72s also were scored for CSA and took the podium in the same order as in IRC Z.
All in all great results for the Maxi72 participants in a tough race testing boats and crew.