With one month to go, the third edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 is turning into a truly international affair, with an unprecedented fifteen nations represented in a diverse fleet of yachts from all over the world. More entries are expected to make the start in Antigua on the 21st February but already a highly competitive international fleet is assembling to take part in the 600-mile ocean racing spectacular in the Caribbean.
A record entry for the race includes yachts representing; Antigua, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cayman Islands, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and the United States.
"A wide spectrum of yachts and competitors has decided that this is an event that is not to be missed," commented RORC Chief Executive Eddie Warden Owen. "The RORC Caribbean 600 is a modern race in every sense; the course is designed to provide an exciting and inspiring race that compliments modern yacht design. The club is delighted that people from all over the world want to take part, there is a mixture of world class sailors and Corinthian enthusiasts but they all have one thing in common, a passion for offshore racing."
The battle for line honours will undoubtedly be between the two canting keel 100 foot maxis, Mike Slade's Farr designed ICAP Leopard, who set the record for this race in 2009, and George David's Juan Kouyoumdjian designed Rambler 100. George David's all-star crew includes America's Cup winning navigator Peter Isler, who has been racing in the Caribbean for over 30 years.