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After three nights and four days of competition out on the 600nm race course, the first boats have arrived back on the docks in Antigua. Interviews with some of the early arrivals, including Multihull and Monohull Line Honours winners, and provisional class champions in the 12th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600.
Watch the full start sequence (50 minutes) for all four starts in the 2020 RORC Caribbean 600. Filmed live from the start line at Fort Charlotte outside English Harbour with commentary from RORC CEO Eddie Warden Owen and Sevenstar Yacht Transport pro-sailor Wouter Verbraak.
RORC Caribbean 600 Preview video featuring: Peter Askew, USA (Wizard), Tilmar Hansen, GER (Outsider), Zoe Taylor, AUS (Grace O’Malley), Katy Campbell, CAN (Emily of Cowes), Morgane Ursault-Poupon, FRA (UP Sailing), Liz Wardley (AUS/PNG) (Maiden), Charlie Ogletree, USA (PowerPlay), Loïck Peyron, FRA (PowerPlay), Giovanni Soldini, ITA (Maserati), Franck Cammas, FRA (Argo), Christiaan Durrant, AT (Shockwave), Rick Warner, USA (Ultim’Emotion 2).
Light air combat amongst sparkling conditions for the 12th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600. 73 yachts, 37 nations, and well over 700 sailors from across the globe are embarking on the 600 mile offshore around 11 Caribbean Islands.
Watch the 23 minute wrap-up film of the 2020 race - includes interviews with competitors and winners from all classes across the fleet.
85 yachts are about to embark on the 10th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600, including some of the world's best-known racing teams. A record-breaking fleet, alongside record-breaking weather...this race, is definitely one to follow!
Jason Carroll's MOD70 Argo (USA) finished the RORC Caribbean 600 at 17:18:44 AST and has come runner-up on the two previous races, so to win on the third attempt was a sweet victory.
“This race is always an emotional rollercoaster; I think we traded the lead with the other boats about five or six times and the last change was 20 minutes before the finish with Maserati. It was a boat-on-boat tacking duel. I am sorry for Maserati because they sailed a great race. Before the awesome finish, the closest match racing we had was in the lee of Nevis and St. Kitts. We traded the lead two-sail reaching, doing 35 knots! At that pace everything happens so fast and you have to plan in advance, but it is so exciting for sure.” - Jason Carroll.
MOD 70 Argo Crew: Jason Carroll, Brian Thompson, Richard Bardwell, Chad Corning, Pete Cumming, Thierry Fouchier, Charlie Ogletree, Alister Richardson.
Close finishes have been a feature of this year’s RORC Caribbean 600 and that trait continued in IRC One with a rematch between two British JPK 1180s.
Michael Hennessy’s Dragon (USA) is arguably the most successful American Class40 skipper having won the Bermuda One-Two, the Miami to Havana and the Marblehead to Halifax races. He will be racing Two-Handed with Cole Brauer.
Charles-Louis Mourruau’s Guidi is one of the latest Class40 designs in the race. The Sam Manuard designed Mach40.3 was commissioned in 2018. Charles-Louis is no stranger to RORC racing having competed in the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race and the Rolex Fastnet Race.
Early arrivals in Antigua + interviews with some of the first finishers in the 11th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600; including Class40 winner, Catherine Pourre - Eärendil (FRA); Wizard - Line honours monohull, Volvo Open 70 - David and Peter Askew (USA); Superyacht & largest boat in the race, Nikata, Greg Slyngstad's Bieker 53 Fujin (USA) successful return after their 2018 capsize in the race; Shannon Falcone's Dna F4 Falcon (ANT) and Multihull winner, John Gallagher on Gunboat 62 Chim Chim.
The winner of the nine-strong Class40 division was decided on the fourth day of the RORC Caribbean 600 with a dramatic finish between two teams.
Hear what the crews on the fastest yachts have to say about this year's race. A new course record for Lloyd Thornburg's MOD70 Phaedo3, a near record for Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze Clark's, VPLP/Verdier 100, Comanche and Hap Fauth's JV 72, Bella Mente is forced to retire. Plus a look at VO65, Team Brunel rounding the deserted island of Redonda - the last mark rounding in the RORC Caribbean 600.
Tom Kneen’s Sunrise (GBR) swept the board in the 2021 Rolex Fastnet Race, winning the world’s biggest offshore race overall. "I have watched with envy, the fleet starting in beautiful conditions in this beautiful place for a number of years, and also I want to build on 2021. It's still sinking in that we won the Rolex Fastnet Race, and this race is the next step in the development of the project and the crew, and I'm very excited about it." - Tom Kneen, skipper of Sunrise.
Jacques Pelletier’s Milon 41 L’Ange de Milon (FRA) raced to the Caribbean in the RORC Transatlantic Race, coming fifth overall under IRC. "For each race, I want the same thing, we intend to be the first. Unfortunately, everybody wants to be first! 20-25kts (of wind) the boat is very fast. But mainly, you need a good crew. Without a good crew, you do nothing." - Jacques Pelletier, skipper, L’Ange de Milon.
A dozen teams will be competing in IRC Two. Ross Applebey’s Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster (GBR) has won class at the RORC Caribbean 600 a record six times.
Carlo Falcone’s legendary Caccia Alla Volpe, skippered by Carlo’s son Rocco, with sister Shirley in an all-Antiguan crew. America’s Cup winner Shannon Falcone will be on Comanche for the race. Caccia Alla Volpe was Shannon’s first home when he sailed to Antigua as a child with his parents.
Christopher Daniel's British J/121 Juno, racing for the first time in the RORC Caribbean 600, will be close competition.
Dmitry Rybolovlev’s ClubSwan 125 Skorpios (MON), sailed by Fernando Echavarri, and the VPLP/Verdier 100 Comanche (CAY) skippered by Mitch Booth are favourites for Monohull Line Honours. Both Maxis are very capable of beating the Monohull Race Record set in 2018 by George David’s Rambler 88 (37 hours, 41 minutes, 45 seconds).
The fastest on IRC Rating is the Volvo 70 L4 Trifork (DEN) sailed by Jens Dolmer, with Joern Larsen at the helm. Tactician Bouwe Bekking commented that L4 Trifork’s primary goal is to be the first Volvo 70 to finish the race. Competition in the Volvo 70s will come from Johannes Schwarz’s Ocean Breeze with a crew from the Yacht Club Sopot in Poland and Il Mostro (CAN) skippered by Gilles Barbot of Atlas Ocean Racing.
With 19 teams, IRC Zero is the largest class in the RORC Caribbean 600. The competition within the class is set to be red hot. RORC Vice Commodore Eric de Turckheim’s NMYD 54 Teasing Machine (FRA) rates lower than the pack of hot 50-footers. Teasing Machine’s tactician Laurent Pages commented that the team is really looking forward to the race against top competition. Ron Hanley’s Cookson 50 Privateer (USA), overall winner in 2013 and second overall in 2018, sailed to Antigua from Rhode Island to take part in the race. The Swedish Elliot 44 CR Matador, skippered by, Jonas Grander, finished 4th overall under IRC in the Rolex Fastnet Race.
Dmitry Rybolovlev’s ClubSwan 125 Skorpios (MON), skippered by Fernando Echavarri, crossed the finish line in Antigua to take Monohull Line Honours at 03:59:51 on Wednesday 23rd February 2022. The elapsed time was 1 day, 16 hours, 39 mins, 51 secs. Skorpios scored their second Line Honours victory with the Royal Ocean Racing Club, having previously taken the gun in the 2021 Rolex Fastnet Race.
“This is the first RORC Caribbean 600 for Skorpios, both for myself, and some of the crew,” commented Skorpios’ skipper Fernando Echavarri. “I am super-proud of all the team that have made this possible; it has been an incredible effort just to be here. It has been a very interesting race, demanding for the crew with sail changes and very tactical. The speed of Skorpios has been one of the key ingredients, but also managing the changes as we rounded the islands; especially Guadeloupe where we parked in the wind shadow, but there was enough separation for us to stay in first position. The RORC Caribbean 600 is an amazing course because of the beauty of the islands, as well as the technical challenges. Thank you very much to the RORC and the people that make this race possible, it is an incredible race and we hope to be here next year.”
The extraordinary events surrounding the battle for Multihull Line Honours will be remembered for years to come. Just 48 hours before the start of the 2019 RORC Caribbean 600, Jason Carroll's MOD 70 Argo (USA) capsized at high speed in training. It seemed impossible that Argo would be racing, but after a monumental effort by the sailing community in Antigua, Argo's crew and shore team, Argo miraculously made the impossible a reality. The team came in just 7 minutes behind Maserati.
However, it was Giovanni Soldini's Multi 70 Maserati (ITA) who took Multihull Line honours and set a new Multihull Race Record in the 11th edition of the race; beating the previous record by just over one hour.
With 70 yachts participating, including some of the world's best known racing teams, the 8th edition of the race is about to get underway. Interviews, preparation and training action from Antigua.
Live from Fort Charlotte, Antigua
Race Director Chris Stone sets the scene in Antigua for the 13th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600. “An amazing race in trade winds, with an exceptional fleet of boats - this is a sailors’ paradise.”
The 2022 RORC Caribbean 600 attracted 74 teams with 738 sailors from 32 different nations.
Magnificent start footage from the 2019 RORC Caribbean 600. Watch all the action on the water including aerial footage and spectacular shots from the start.
Start highlights from the 8th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 with 70 yachts from around the world and some of the top racing teams competing. Aerials at the start off Fort Charlotte, Antigua and at the Barbuda mark.
A record 84 yachts started the 2018 RORC Caribbean 600 in Antigua on Monday 19th February. - the largest fleet in the ten-year history of the race. The impressive armada set off in unstable conditions with squalls producing a wind range of over 20 knots, and as little as 10, with some big shifts in direction. High seas and strong trade winds are expected for the race, with the anticipation of record breaking pace.
The 13th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 started on time from Antigua on Monday 21 February.
The IRC Super Zero start was nothing short of hell-raising, with Comanche reaching at full speed towards the Pillars of Hercules, then hardening up to take the inside line perilously close to the cliffs. VO65 Groovederci Racing - Sailing Poland, sailed by Deneen Demourkas was in close quarters. As the two leaders tacked out, they crossed with the massive ClubSwan 125 Skorpios (MON) and the Volvo 70 Ocean Breeze coming inshore on starboard.
In the MOCRA start, Peter Cunningham’s MOD70 PowerPlay (CAY) flipped a wheelie on final approach before blasting off into the lead in a ball of spray at over 25 knots.
Seventy-four teams with over 700 sailors from 32 countries started the race. The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s 600-mile race around 11 Caribbean islands had a spectacular start with 15 knots of wind from the northeast gusting up to 20 knots.
The MOCRA battle is on once again! The 600-mile RORC classic will headline a Line Honours re-match for three 70-foot trimarans which went hard and fast for the line in this year’s RORC Transatlantic Race.
Giovanni Soldini’s Multi70 Maserati (ITA) won the 3,000-mile race by a paper-thin margin and also holds the RORC Caribbean 600 Race Record (2019 - 30 hours, 49 minutes, 00 seconds). Peter Cunningham’s PowerPlay (CAY) and Jason Carroll’s Argo (USA) will be looking to push Maserati all the way for the 2022 RORC Caribbean 600.
Watch the wrap-up film of the 11th edition of this epic race
A multinational crew on the chartered VO65 Sailing Poland competed under the famous team banner of Groovederci Racing.
Enjoy the wrap up video from what was another stunning RORC Caribbean 600 Race.
The overall winner of the 13th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 is Christopher Sheehan’s Pac52 Warrior Won (USA). None of the teams still racing under IRC has any realistic chance of beating Warrior Won after time correction. Christopher Sheehan and his team will be presented with the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy at the Prize Giving on Friday 25th February.
Christopher Sheehan, owner & skipper of Warrior Won is from the Larchmont Yacht Club, USA. Sheehan’s Warrior Won was taking part in its first RORC Caribbean 600, having won the 2022 Transpac Race overall.
“I feel so much joy right now. It is very humbling when I think about all of the competitors that have worked so hard in this race, I am overwhelmed. We have been preparing for this race for the last eight months and when I think of the great teams that have won this race, it is just extraordinary. The mantra of Warrior Won is humility and extreme confidence in what we are doing, which results in positive energy on board, hard work and collaboration. Every member of the Warrior Won team has put in an outstanding performance.”
This could be a small boat race!
Sevenstar Yacht Transport is the official Logistics Partner to the RORC Caribbean 600. Wouter Verbraak, Head of Sevenstar Racing Yacht Logistics and leading professional yachtsman, walks the course before the start of the 2020 RORC Caribbean 600 starting from Antigua on Monday 24th February.
“This year is going to be a very different race. The wind funnels and the big lees around the islands are going to be key,” commented Verbraak. “The last two editions have been very windy, but 2020 will be the opposite, with light winds at the start and pretty much throughout the whole race course. In these light wind conditions, the sailors will be looking to use the wind that funnels around the islands, and avoiding, where possible, the big lees. The islands are going to be big obstacles that will really keep the afterguard on their toes. The breeze should increase later in the race, so this could be a small boat race for the overall win,” concluded Verbraak.
An in-depth 30-minute video with Wouter goes into detail about the important strategic considerations.
The weather forecast for the 2018 RORC Caribbean 600 is predicting winds in excess of 20 knots for the duration of the 600 mile race, producing record-breaking conditions. Wouter Verbraak, Head of Sevenstar Racing Yacht Logistics walks the course with an in-depth video on the nuances of the race around 11 Caribbean islands. Wouter has competed in the race on many occasions, racing Maxis and Multihulls. The 10th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 starts on Monday 19th February from Fort Charlotte, outside Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua.