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2015 RORC Caribbean 600 Set for a Real Cracker PDF Print
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 10:27
George David's 88ft Rambler. Photo: John Payne/johnpaynephoto.com

The 7th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 is looking like a real cracker and proving irresistible to a variety of yacht racing teams from all over the world. An international fleet of over 50 yachts has now entered the offshore blast around the Caribbean, indicating that last year's record entry of 60 yachts may be bettered. Yachts flying the flags of 13 different countries will be competing in this year's race: Antigua, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Russia, Spain, and the United States of America.

The Caribbean is, without doubt, one of yacht racing's most exhilarating playgrounds with the warm trade winds and Caribbean swell providing superb sailing conditions. The RORC Caribbean 600 course, starting and finishing in Antigua, is designed to provide a challenging, high speed racetrack and its popularity has grown, year on year, since the first event in 2009.

Five battle for Line Honours

George David's Rambler 100 set the monohull course record in 2011, scorching around the track in 40 hours, 20 minutes and 2 seconds but this year's line-up is likely to be the most competitive for line honours so far. George David's brand new 88 ft Rambler will make its 600 debut with an all-star crew containing many of Rambler's old guard plus some new, world class, sailors including multiple America's Cup winner, Brad Butterworth and Volvo Ocean Race winners, Stu Bannatyne and Brad Jackson. Also in contention for line honours is Australian yachting legend Syd Fischer racing Ragamuffin 100, which is being shipped to Antigua from Australia, and Mike Slade's British 100ft Maxi Leopard, which took monohull line honours in the first edition of the race, makes a welcome return, and two Volvo 70s will also be vying to be the first yacht to complete the course, Giovani Soldini's Italian Maserati and Andrew Budgen and Fred Schwyn's British Monster Project.

Rambler's Project Manager, Mick Harvey, was full of excitement about the race: "George David has always been a strong supporter of this race because it is such a fantastic course with great conditions, but also because George David, like me and other crew, are members of the RORC and we just love to take part in this race. This will also be the first race of the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series, which is our priority for our first season. The boat is going well. As always there are a few adjustments, but all things considered, we are very happy with the new Rambler and looking forward to Antigua. This year there is a lot of good competition for us but we will concentrate on our own game, as that is all we can influence until the race start."

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Clothing/Event Logo PDF Print
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 15:50

Official Merchandise Store

Official Crew Merchandise Shop

Check out the official merchandise store for the RORC Caribbean 600. We have teamed up with Gill North America to offer a fantastic range of both technical race gear and cotton polos and rugby shirts. They are available to order on line here and can either be posted directly to you (p&p to be added at checkout) or you can buy now and collect them on arrival in Antigua.

During the event the Gill Store will be open from Thursday 19th February to early Monday morning of the 23rd February and then reopens as the first arrivals come in until Saturday 28th February and will be located in the car park at the Antigua Yacht Club.

The stock is also on sale right now through to the 18th February upstairs at the Antigua Yacht Club Marina in the Antigua and Barbuda Marine Association office. Office hours are 0830 - 1630 Monday to Friday (closed on Bank Holidays).

Event Logo

Competitors may use the logo below for crew clothing:

RC600 Logo for Competitors and Clothing

 
2015 Notice of Race PDF Print
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 10:25

You can now download the 2015 RORC Caribbean 600 Notice of Race!

Simply click on the front cover shot here:

2015 RORC Caribbean 600 Notice of Race

 
This was the 2014 RORC Caribbean 600 PDF Print
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 09:33
 
Record 60 for the 6th RORC Caribbean 600 PDF Print
Sunday, 02 March 2014 21:31

Shockwave after the race finish. Credit:Kevin Johnson/kevinjohnsonphotography.com60 yachts from 11 different countries, with 682 crew from all over the world, took part in the 6th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 and enjoyed spectacular conditions and intense competition.

The start gun sounded at Fort Charlotte, high above the Pillars of Hercules, and the magnificent international fleet of yachts enjoyed a sparkling send-off with warm trade winds, Caribbean swell and brilliant sunshine.

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Shockwave Win Overall PDF Print
Friday, 28 February 2014 15:10

Shockwave at Redonda. Credit Tim Wright/photoaction.comWith all 60 yachts accounted for, the Royal Ocean Racing Club announces that the winner of the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy for the best yacht, overall in IRC on corrected time, is George Sakellaris' RP72, Shockwave. The trophy will be presented to the Shockwave crew at tonight's Prize Giving held at the Antigua Yacht Club.

"I have a great crew and it was an excellent race, lots of wind and the racing was very close," commented Shockwave's owner/driver George Sakellaris, shortly after finishing the race. "I have done many offshore races but this is the first time I have raced this one and it was against tough opposition. I think the winds were favourable to us and the Shockwave team used that to our advantage. At the end of the day, winning yacht races is all about the team performance more than anything else."

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Success for Antigua PDF Print
Friday, 28 February 2014 11:05
Quokka 8, skippered by Bernie Evan Wong. Credit: Tim Wright/photoaction.comSt. John's dentist, Bernie Evan Wong said he would be back for his 6th RORC Caribbean 600 with a bigger, faster boat and Grand Soleil 43, Quokka 8 delivered, taking Line Honours in IRC Two. The first time in the six year history of the race, that an Antiguan skippered yacht has taken line honours in any class.

"We pushed the boat to its limits; it was the hardest race I have done and so satisfying. The Quokka crew is very, very, experienced and although we had our differences, we all had one goal; to be the first to finish in our class and we have achieved that. It has been a privilege to sail with a truly great team and we have all contributed to our success; there is mutual respect between us all and a friendship that will last forever."

Jonty Layfield's Azuree 46, Sleeper is a brand new boat taking part in its first offshore race. Antiguan Laser sailor, Sean Malone was on board as a principal driver for the RORC Caribbean 600. Sleeper was second in class and only beaten by an hour by the highly experienced and successful Dutch team on Tonnerre de Breskens 3, a former RORC Yacht of the Year.

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Party Spirit Building in Antigua PDF Print
Thursday, 27 February 2014 15:44

Tales II, Spanish Class40. Credit: Tim Wright/photoaction.comAt 0800 on Day Four of the RORC Caribbean 600, 17 yachts had completed the race and six yachts had retired. George Sakellaris' American RP72, Shockwave, was the overall leader of the race for the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy, having set the bench mark corrected time of 3 days, 4 hours 16 minutes 38 seconds with Bella Mente in second place at this time. 18 yachts still racing have the ability to better that time to claim the overall prize.

For the second year in a row, the Class40 record for the RORC Caribbean 600 has been beaten. Gonzalo Botin's Tales II showed amazing speed around the course, breaking the 2013 course record set by Peter Harding and Hannah Jenner's 40 Degrees. Spanish entry, Tales II, was over three hours quicker than the previous record, finishing the 600 mile race in an elapsed time of 2 days, 16 hours 37 minutes 52 seconds.

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Fight to the Finish PDF Print
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 20:31

Bella Mente dockside at the finish. Credit: Kevin Johnson/kevinjohnsonphotography.comHap Fauth's JV72, Bella Mente, crossed the finish line in Antigua to take Monohull Line Honours for the 2014 RORC Caribbean 600 on Wednesday 26th February, in an elapsed time of 48 hours, 5 mins, 44 seconds. George David's RP90, Rambler, crossed the finish line in second place, just ten minutes later, and was followed by George Sakellaris's RP72, Shockwave, which finished third on the water and just over two minutes after Rambler.

Bella Mente, Rambler and Shockwave had an intense battle for 48 hours, with the lead changing on numerous occasions around the 600 mile course. After time correction Shockwave leads the race overall with Bella Mente second and Rambler third. Shockwave must wait for more yachts to finish the race before an overall winner can be announced.

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News Flash: Rambler and Shockwave finish PDF Print
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:53

George David's RP90, Rambler, crossed the finish line in second place on Wednesday 26th February in an elapsed time of 48 hours, 16 minutes. Rambler was swiftly followed by George Sakellaris's RP72, Shockwave, which finished third on the water with an elapsed time of 48 hours, 18 mins, 26 seconds. Shockwave finished just 2 minutes 26 seconds after Rambler.

Full report and pictures to follow shortly.

 
News Flash: Monohull Line Honours for Bella Mente PDF Print
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:27
Hap Fauth's JV72, Bella Mente, crossed the finish line in Antigua to take Monohull Line Honours for the 2014 RORC Caribbean 600 on Wednesday 26th February in an elapsed time of 48 hours, 5 mins, 44 seconds.
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