HOOD Sails in the Buenos Aires – Rio de Janeiro Race

We are delighted to offer our congratulations to HOOD Argentina client, Fjord VI, for winning the ORC division of the Buenos Aires – Rio de Janeiro Offshore Race. Fjord VI, a 43 foot German Frers Design sloop, is outfitted with sails designed by HOOD Germany and produced by HOOD Sailmakers Argentina. The mainsail is made of 9.4oz Vektron, sails #1-3 are warp drive triradial, sail #4 is crosscut Marblehead Dacron and the spinnakers are Elite Nylon Tristar. After losing their mast off the coast of southern Brazil in the last edition of the race, the Fjord VI team set a modest goal for 2017: to complete the race without shuddering crippling damage. The team put their inventory of HOOD sails to the test, and after battling through 40 knot breeze and huge waves in the Atlantic, Fjord VI came out victorious at the top of the ORC fleet!

Sailors Weekly interviewed Jorge Jauregui, captain and navigator onboard Fjord VI, to get the rundown on the race:

“At the beginning, we had the normal Rio de la Plata conditions with about 20 knots of SW wind, which remained until we turned Punta del Este. We sailed very well with the best conditions for our boat and were leading our fleet when we reached Punta del Este.

As we left Rio de la Plata behind, the sea and wind conditions started to get harder. We had a lot of wind and waves during the first night on the Atlantic, about 35-40 knots, and we tried to sail conservatively in order to avoid any damage. We sailed with 2 reefs on the main and the #4 with a nice heading of 60-70 degrees and 8 knots of speed.

Then the waves became bigger, and we took the main down completely and sailed only with #4 for the next 20 hours. At that point, it was only important for us to keep the boat and crew safe and we didn’t care much about the course.

After we arrived in Rio de Janeiro, we analyzed our track and saw it paid off to have sailed to the east, far away from shore, where the current was pushing us fast towards Rio. The boats that sailed closer to the coast had the current against them the whole way.

We had very good wind until we were 10 miles away from the finish. We were sailing at 6 knots when the wind started to go down, and when we were only 5 miles away, it had almost disappeared. We were floating on the Guanabara Bay in the early morning for more than 2 hours. We knew we were well positioned, but the time was still running and our competitors coming closer!

At dawn, we saw the typical fog on the surrounding mountains and expected a thermal wind to blow soon. We were lucky and were able to sail through the finish line with a little bit of wind and 3 knots of boat speed.”