Impressive Cast bound for Antigua
In less than six months, the 5th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 will start in Antigua. The race attracts a wide variety of yachts from all over the world, including ocean going performance cruisers and some of the world's most magnificent yachts.
The first confirmed entry for this year's race was Joseph Mele's Swan 44, Triple Lindy. Joseph is a member of the City Island Sailing Club in New York and competed in this year's Newport to Bermuda Race. Triple Lindy is making her debut in the race but Local Antiguan dentist, Bernie Evan Wong is back with High Tension. His Mumm 36 is the smallest yacht in the race so far and the only yacht to have competed in all four previous editions: "I just love it for the challenge. We won't be the first to finish but I know we will get a warm Antiguan welcome just like everybody else. I am looking forward to the race just as much as the first one."
Five stunning superyachts took part in the 2012 edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 and there is every indication that at least that number will be racing next February.
The 215ft carbon fibre ketch Hetairos took overall line honours in 2012, taking just over 50 hours to complete the course and she is expected to be back in Antigua for the 2013 edition. The 203ft schooner Athos is expected to be on the start line, as is the 180ft schooner, Adela. Athos' Boat Captain, Tony Brookes said that the team are very keen to take part: "Athos was commissioned just 18 months ago so we are still getting to know her. For the Caribbean 600 we would take a crew of 25 and with 3,000 square metres of sail area downwind, we need every one of the team for sail handling. We hope to give Adela a run for her money and enjoy some wonderful sailing."