Through the Lens - Arthur Daniel
Grenada-based photographer Arthur Daniel took this shot of the Class40s as they headed off after the start of the 2019 RORC Caribbean 600 race.
From Fort Charlotte, above the Pillars of Hercules that guard the entrance to the historic English Harbour, the RORC Race Team start this classic 600-mile offshore race. Arthur Daniel captured the fleet starts from ashore and in this image also managed to include his colleagues who were up in the media helicopter. Flying fast and low above the impressive Class40 fleet, videographer Roddy Grimes-Graeme (Acquafilms Antigua) and photographer Tim Wright (photoaction.com) ensured superb video and images from the race, as they have done over the past 12 years for this annual race around 11 Caribbean island.
“In the 2019 RORC Caribbean 600 there was a huge fleet of Class40s. To get this shot I had to run more than a 1/4mile down to the water’s edge (with 60 pounds of gear on my back) to get them tacking! I was lucky to get the helicopter in the shot too,” says Daniel.
“It was to be quite a match race all the way around the course for the 10 teams from France, Norway and Brazil which formed a race record entry for the Class40 Division. After two and a half days and nights of intense competition and over 600 miles of racing, it all came down to just a few minutes in the 2019 edition of the race. Catherine Pourre's French Class40 Eärendil won Line Honours for the second year in a row, defeating two of the rising stars of offshore racing who had both led for parts of the race. Aymeric Chappellier's Aïna Enfance Et Avenir was second by just 3 minutes and 20 seconds. Completing the podium was Luke Berry's Lamotte - Module Création, less than six minutes from victory!”
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