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RORC Caribbean 600 2023 | Start - Fort Charlotte

The start of the 14th Edition of the RORC Caribbean 600! LIVE to you from Fort Charlotte high above the Pillars of Hercules Antigua. With over 550 sailors from 30 nations taking part, the RORC Caribbean 600 is truly an international affair. On Monday 20th February, the first warning signal will sound at Fort Charlotte for an epic race featuring a highly competitive and varied fleet of IRC Offshore boats, Class40s and Multihulls. #Caribbean600 #RORCracing

The Start of the 2023 RORC Caribbean 600

Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and supported by Antigua Yacht Club, the 14th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 started on time at 11:00 AST on Monday 20th February. Seventy boats racing under IRC, Class40 and MOCRA Rules, with crew from 30 different countries, started the epic race. At the start outside Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua, unstable squally conditions, with the wind speed in the mid-teens, produced a thrilling start for all classes. The RORC fleet have now set their sails for the spectacular 600nm race around 11 Caribbean islands. The fastest boats in the fleet are expected to finish in less than two days, but for some it will be five days before returning to a triumphant finish in Antigua. Track the fleet via YB Races Player: #Caribbean600 #RORCracing #Sailing #Yachting #Yachts #Racing #Sport #Ocean

Wrap Film | RORC Caribbean 600 2023

The 14th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 featured close completion right through the 70-boat fleet. Nearly 600 crew from 30 different countries raced the ‘600, which is now well established as the ‘must-do’ offshore race in the Caribbean. 00:00 Introduction 02:25 Start of the Race 04:35 IRC Two-Handed 08:24 IRC Two Winner 09:58 IRC One Winner 11:20 IRC Zero Winner 14:44 IRC Super Zero Winner 20:32 MOCRA Multihull / MOD70 24:12 Class40 Winner 29:08 Montage The trade winds blew and the swell kicked up, giving teams the fantastic sailing conditions that are unique in the sailing world. Antigua is the spiritual home of the RORC Caribbean 600 and the yachting community once again delivered, welcoming every team at the finish with warm smiles and cold beer. The overall winner of the 14th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 was Roy P. Disney’s Volvo 70 Pyewacket 70 (USA). The Pyewacket 70 team were presented with the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy at the Prize Giving on Friday 24th February. They join an impressive list of overall winners from the United States; Warrior Won, Wizard, Rambler 88, Bella Mente, Shockwave, Proteus, Privateer, and Rambler 100. “Pyewacket 70 doesn’t go into these races necessarily thinking that a corrected time win is our goal, we go for Line Honours and potentially to set a new record. So, when a handicap win comes that is fantastic,” commented skipper Ben Mitchell. “This win is right up there with the biggest victories, and Pyewacket has had a lot of success with the programme. In recent years the RORC Caribbean 600 victory is right up there.” Pyewacket 70 Crew: Ben Mitchell, Peter Isler, Tony Mutter, Brad Jackson, Brian Janney, Daryl Wislang, David Tank, Jan Majer, Mark Callahan, Matt Mialik, Robbie Kane, Rodney Daniel, Tristan Louwrens. Pyewacket 70 was the winner of IRC Super Zero, second was Volvo 70 I Love Poland (POL) skippered by Grzegorz Baranowski. Third and the fastest VO65 was Wind Whisper skippered by Joca Signorini. Read the full wrap up report here: #Caribbean600

Multihull Arrival Drone Footage | RORC Caribbean 600

The closest finish to an offshore race in history? 11 seconds… #Caribbean600 ©️ RORC / Acquafilms / Myles Warden-Owen

Teasing Machine Wins IRC Zero | RORC Caribbean 600

RORC Vice Commodore Eric de Turckheim racing NMD54 Teasing Machine (FRA) has won the highly competitive class. Kate & Jim Murray’s Pac52 Callisto (USA) is second, with Frederic Puzin’s Ker 46 Daguet 3 – Corum (FRA) in third. Racing in IRC Zero is the Verdier 54 Notre Mediterranee - Ville de Nice (FRA), sailed by Fabien Biron & Pim Nieuwenhuis, which is the first IRC Two-Handed team to finish the race in an elapsed time of 02 days 17 hrs 15 mins 15 secs. #Caribbean600

Alex Thomson | Gunboat 68 Tosca | RORC Caribbean 600 2023

Dock talk with Alex Thomson. 🎙️ Join us for an inside look at the luxurious and high-performance Gunboat 68 Tosca, with exclusive insights from Alex Thomson. 'I'm firmly in a multihull camp now...I like to say the speed of a Volvo 70 but the luxury and comfort of a superyacht,' says Alex. From competing in the RORC transatlantic race to the upcoming Rolex Fastnet Race, discover the team's progress in this exhilarating sport. Learn more about their biggest competition in the MOCRA class and the camaraderie between fierce competitors, including longtime rival Marc Guillemot sailing on MG5 Dazeilad. #Caribbean600 #RORCracing
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