How to follow the 11th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600
On Monday 18th February, all eyes will be on Antigua as around 80 boats from over 20 countries will start the challenging and tactical 600 nautical mile race around 11 Caribbean islands in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's RORC Caribbean 600.
There are plenty of ways to follow the progress of the fleet and to keep up to date with all the news:-
The new LIVE page will be updated throughout the race with blogs from competitors, photos, video, audio and much more http://caribbean600.rorc.org/Live/2019-rorc-caribbean-600-race-live.html
WATCH THE START- LIVE ON FACEBOOK: We plan to go Live on Monday 18 February 10.50 local time (14.50 UTC). Coverage with commentary from Fort Charlotte, Antigua will be streamed from the official website and the RORC Facebook Page.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Keep in touch via RORC social media channels: #Caribbean600
RORC YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/RORCRacing - videos: Preview, start, first arrivals, winners & wrap-up + VNR available to broadcasters on request.
Twitter: Follow @rorcracing
TRACK THE FLEET: All yachts will carry a tracker so you can follow the progress of the whole fleet, particular class or individual boat: http://caribbean600.rorc.org/Race-Information/Tracking/
Plus, you can download the YB Races App.
PLAY THE VIRTUAL GAME:
If you're not on the start line in Antigua, join the virtual race. Be prepared for some sleepless nights - it's addictive! http://click.virtualregatta.com/?li=4865
IMAGES: Facebook albums will show a selection of images and you can also go to the RORC Photo Gallery to view folders.
SPECTATORS - WHERE TO WATCH THE START:
The start sequence begins at 1050. Note: A Warning Signal will be given 10 minutes before the Starting Signal
CLASS START TIMES:
1100 IRC 2, IRC 3, CSA
1110 IRC 1 & Class40
1120 IRC Zero & Superyacht
Yachts will be starting south of Fort Charlotte, Antigua on Monday 18 February. You can get a wonderful view from Fort Charlotte or Shirley Heights. The starting line is formed between an orange triangle on Fort Charlotte and an orange cylindrical Outer Distance Mark approximately 0.50nm south of Fort Charlotte. The Race Committee may adjust this position with reference to the wind direction on the day of the start. Fort Charlotte is at the eastern entrance to English Harbour above the Pillars of Hercules and below Shirley Heights. There's also a chance to catch a glimpse of the boats leaving Falmouth Harbour from Pigeon Beach and the boats leaving English Harbour from Galleon Beach from 0930 onwards. Boats will be gathering in the start area from around 1000, so get there early to get the best view.
FROM THE WATER:
For those wishing to watch the race from the water, please note that there will be an Exclusion Zone around the starting area effective from 1030 to 1200 on Monday 18 February 2019.
The safety of spectator vessels and competitors is paramount and therefore Marshal Boats displaying a white flag with a red "M" will be policing the exclusion zone as per the diagram below.