Thursday 22 March 2018

Wright takes second in prestigious boat race

Michael J Wright and crew, sailing the RORC race around the Caribbean.
Michael J Wright and crew, sailing the RORC race around the Caribbean.

A boat chartered and led by Michael Wright who owns several pubs, eateries and nightclubs in Swords, Malahide and Howth, has finished second in its class in an epic sailing 600 mile sailing race around 11 Caribbean islands.

Well done to an excellent performance from Michael J Wright and the Irish crew who came second in IRC 1 division for the RORC Caribbean completing the 600-mile race around 11 Caribbean islands.

The RORC Caribbean is one of the fiercest and most challenging races because of the weather conditions.

In this boisterous RORC Caribbean 600 2018, aboard the IRC 46 Pata Negra chartered by Michael Wright of Howth Yacht Club, and within the limits of sail shortages, they put in a masterful showing.

The boat finished second in Class 1 (IRC One) of the race.

The RORC Caribbean 600 has grown up to become a 'must do' offshore classic. Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, the 600-mile race around 11 Caribbean islands is on the bucket list of any serious offshore sailor.

This year, any idea that this was a Caribbean cruise was totally extinguished as 25 knots of solid trade winds with gusty squalls and a confused sea state delivered a challenge to over 800 sailors from six different continents.

The 2018 edition of the race was the coming of age of the RORC Caribbean 600.

Philippe Frantz's French NM43 Albator was the victor in IRC One; Lombard 46 Pata Negra, led by Michael Wright and a crew from Howth Yacht Club Ireland was second, with Kevin McLaughlin's American J/44 Spice was third.

There was further Irish and Fingal interst in the race as the IRC Three class was taken by, Conor Fogerty's Irish Sun Fast 3600 Bam! returned to the RORC Caribbean 600 having won the class in 2016.

Conor's team from Howth Yacht Club were victorious once again, winning the class after a tough race.

This was definitely a wet and wild ride,' commented Conor Fogerty in what must go down as one of the understatements of the year, so far.

Fingal Independent