The German Hallberg-Rassy 48 "Circe" is category winner at the World ARC in the latest leg from Panama to Galapagos. The fleet of the World ARC consists of 38 yachts.“Circe” joined the World ARC in Panama.
The latest leg is approximately 850 nautical miles long and the route goes from Contadora / Las Perlas near Panama to San Cristobal / Galapagos under race conditions. This leg, with light airs, took only 116.5 hours for the Hallberg-Rassy 48, which is winning Category B before a Swan 51. The Hallberg-Rassy 48 was also 29 minutes faster on calculated time than the winner in Group A, a new Swan 53 with an experienced racing crew. On third place in Group B another Hallberg-Rassy is found, the HR 46 "Trillium" from the U.S.
The winning German Hallberg-Rassy 48 crew studied the Grib files carefully and took far south east, the longest path of all boats in the fleet, and was rewarded with mainly light but steady winds, so that only 7.5 engine hours were required and the whole leg was finished in 116.5 hours.
Now the fleet has moved on to the Marquesas.