‘Caribbee’, ocean racer
A race across the Atlantic is not just a piece of technical sailing or just an adventurous journey: it is for the participants a great experience, not only emotionally but also physically. Moments of exhaustion and elation, freezing fog and searing sun, whooshes and maddening bobbing, alternate. But always start the routine on board and the necessary maintenance of the ship. Day and night, guard after guard. But boredom? Not for a second!
Mitchell and the “Caribbee ‘have won as many as 36 major competitions in five years, including very prestigious. In 1950, 1952 and 1953, the Southern Ocean Racing Conference in 1952, the Transatlantic Race of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (Bermuda – Plymouth) which Mitchell wrote a bestseller sailors, “Passage East. In the same year, they were successful during Cowes Week, which she won three of the four games. The combination also won three times in a row the Newport – Bermuda Race, as well as three times in a row, the St.Petersburg – Havana Race. The Miami – Nassau race: twice, the Chesapeake Bay Championship and so on. The dozens of plaques on board to prove it still: the “Caribbee ‘was the undisputed queen of the Atlantic and of course the Caribbean Sea.
Besides Atlantic and Caribbean travel – because you can not always match sail – Mitchell also undertook a tour of the Baltic Sea, the Göta Canal, the great Swedish lakes, Finnish coast and the Swedish archipelago. Of this, he has published extensively in the National Geographic. The “Caribbee ‘has never let him down. It was the perfect combination. Without Mitchell she had never built its stellar reputation and Mitchell, she was the epitome of the yacht that he had in mind and also the inspiration boot designs later given by him. Its combination of speed and comfort spoke to him probably the most because he saw himself primarily as a hedonist, more of a ‘cruiser’ a ‘racer’. But what an ambitious’ cruiser ‘… In the archives of America’s largest maritime museum, Mystic Seaport “is the story of Mitchell and the” Caribbee’ preserved in Mitchell’s logs and hundreds of his photographs.
“I believe I may objectively say no boat of her size and type during a similar period has given more service or pleasure to her owner…” Carleton Mitchell, 1955