The Campaign

In 2011, Joe Harris began the second distinct phase of his international short-handed offshore sailing career by buying a new, third-generation Class 40 called the Akilaria RC-2, from the design office of Marc Lombard and built by MC-Tec. Although this boat is 10 feet shorter than his prior Open 50, with the evolution in yacht design, the boat is nearly as fast on most points of sail. Joe's plan in buying the new boat was to campaign the boat in a number of challenging offshore events that would lead up to the 2014/15 Global Ocean Race ("GOR")- solo around the world with four stops. 2011 brought the Normandy Channel Race and then the Fastnet. In 2012, Joe competed in the Atlantic Cup and then the Newport-Bermuda race. This past year, Joe again competed in the all-Class 40 Atlantic Cup, and then in the Bermuda 1-2. Having sailed the boat for three seasons now in both Europe and North America in the highly competitive arena of Class 40, Joe feels that he and the boat are ready to take it to the next level and compete in the GOR for a podium spot. The GOR is the ultimate challenge- the Everest of offshore sailing- and it has been a lifelong goal of Joe's to complete this epic quest. The countdown to the GOR start in September 2014 is now less than a year away... and the drumbeat is getting louder... and more insistent.   

Current Campaign Schedule:

May -  Atlantic Cup  (
June 20 -  Newport to Bermuda  (
June 26 -  Bermuda to Newport
July - Boat out of the water for refit
September 2015 -  Race Start Southampton, UK - the Global Ocean Race (
December 15th 2015 - Mid January 2016 - Stopover - The Waterfront, Auckland
ETA end of March 2016 - Race Finish - Portsmouth Harbour, UK



2004 - 2nd Place: Transat >
3,500 miles, Plymouth, England to Boston, MA, 16 days - single-handed

2005 - 1st in Division: Transat Jacques Vabre >
4,700 miles, LeHavre, France to Salvadore, Brazil, 17 days - double-handed

2006 - 1st in Class: Newport-Bermuda Race >

2007 - 1st Overall and Single-leg Record Setter: Bermuda 1-2 >

2012 - 3rd Place:
Atlantic Cup >

2012 - 2nd in Class: Newport-Bermuda >

2013 - Class 40 Winner: Charleston Race Week >