Message from Chris regarding the Chronos 6,50:
Well the Chrono 6,50 is a different race for sure. The start finish line is open for 7 to 14 hours on each of the 3 days. You sail single handed around Groix Island (about 25Nm) starting when you wish. One has to do 4 tours and at least 1 tour each day. Only the 3 fastest tours count. There can be as many skippers per boat as you wish.
David Raison, a friend from the 1999 and 2003 mini transats also did 2 tours on NZL403, the first time I have seen the boat sailing without me and the first time on the boat for David! The first 2 days there was very little wind and on the both days we did not start at good times, in fact getting the wooden spoon on the second day due to leaving to early for the second tour, a 2 hour loss!
Today there was a good breeze and we broke the 3 year old record of 3hrs 30 min by just over 2min only to be beaten half an hour later by 52 seconds. Over all we ended up 3rd, 3min behind Inkzone and 7min behind Vector Plus. Both boats in front had carbon rigs and new sails, a must for me next year.
There are 2 more races here this year but I think I am most likely to miss them as I should focus on finding sponsorship and work, but we will see. Once again it was a great and very well organised race and I look forward to coming back next year.