RORC CARIBBEAN 600

NEWS AND SPECIALS

Back to RORC Caribbean 600

RORC CARIBBEAN 600 BREAKS ANOTHER RECORD
Monday 7th January 2013

Start of the 2012 RORC Caribbean 600 Race.  Photo by Tim Wright, www.photoaction.com.

2013 RORC CARIBBEAN 600: Start: Monday 18 February 2013

3 January 2013 
Race Update: Louay Habib 
 
ANOTHER RECORD BROKEN - 30 ENTRIES BY END OF YEAR 
The RORC Caribbean 600 continues to defy the financial crisis with a record fleet expected on the start line when the fifth edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 kicks off on February 18th 2013. With the northern hemisphere in the grip of winter, racing 600 miles around 11 Caribbean islands in warm trade winds and surfing in ocean swell is proving to be very appealing.   
 
"We had 30 confirmed entries at the end of 2012 which is twice as many entries as we had the same time last year," confirmed RORC Racing Manager, Nick Elliott. "It is encouraging to see that the race has captured the imagination of all sizes of yachts with a significant number of entries from yachts less than 50ft as well as much larger yachts, including superyachts, which you would expect to see in the Caribbean. Antigua Yacht Club will be hosting the event once again and since our last race, the club has made many improvements to shore side facilities for yacht crews. All in all, the fifth edition of the race looks all set to be a fantastic event."
 
Line Honours
Last year's Line Honours victory went to the magnificent 216ft carbon ketch Hetairos, in a time of 2 days 2 hours 39 minutes 32 seconds. Of the current confirmed entries for 2013, the 100ft Farr Maxi ICAP Leopard is the hot favourite to be the first monohull to finish the course.
 
"We didn't compete last year because Leopard was undergoing a major refit," commented ICAP Leopard's owner, Mike Slade. "Even though we have added a couple of tons with a full interior, Leopard has lost none of her pace. In 2011, we completed the course quicker than Hetairos in 2012 and Leopard has just demolished the IMA Transatlantic Race record, which was set by Hetairos. We know that we are in fine form for the RORC Caribbean 600. George David's Rambler 100 holds the outright course record and that will be very tough to beat, but ICAP Leopard will be giving it their all, as always."
 
Battle of the Titans 
Two of the world's largest schooners are set for a marvellous battle. The 182ft Adela which competed against Windrose last year will have the mighty Athos as competition. Athos is making her RORC Caribbean 600 debut and a fascinating encounter is expected. Athos at 203ft has a greater overall length, but the two schooners are evenly matched and both yachts have enjoyed a friendly rivalry throughout the 2012 superyacht season.
 
In addition to Adela and Athos are a significant number of the world's most impressive maxi yachts including Peter Harrison's Farr 115, Sojana and Filip Balcaen's 112ft supermaxi Nilaya, who are very evenly matched. Both yachts competed in the IMA Transatlantic Race and after more than nine days at sea, Nilaya and Sojana were less than five hours apart. The 100ft Maxi, Liara and Didier Lacombe's 92ft Med Spirit are also set for the start.
 
At least nine yachts from the Nautor Swan range are expected to take part in the race and besides racing in their respective classes they will also be competing for the Swan Caribbean Challenge Trophy, awarded to the best Swan overall racing under IRC.
 
Vying for the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy 
Last years overall winner Niklas Zennström's JV72, Rán will not be competing and this years favourite must come from America in the shape of Hap Fauth's JV72, Bella Mente. Last summer, Bella Mente was crowned Rolex Mini Maxi World Champion, defeating Rán by the narrowest of margins and the RORC Caribbean 600 is the start of an offshore race season for Bella Mente that will also includes RORC's flagship event the Rolex Fastnet Race in August.

An overall win for Bella Mente is far from certain. Rán's winning time of 3 days 11 hours 49 minutes was beaten by seven yachts in the 2011 race. The strength of the trade winds and conditions experienced at different parts of the course can be a big factor in winning overall, as well as taking the right tactical decisions. Last year, Ross Applebey's Oyster 48, Scarlet Logic came very close to winning the race. Ross will be competing again and expects a close encounter with Philippe Falle's Deep Blue Racing Team on Trustmarque Quokka. Making his third appearance in the race is Ron O'Hanley in his Cookson 50 Privateer and could be a good outside bet to win as Adrian Lee's Cookson 50, Lee Overlay Partners won the inaugural RORC Caribbean 600 in 2009.
 
Joining the battle is the winner of the RORC Racing Division of the ARC 2012, the Austrian, Christof Petter in his Class40, Vaquita. He will have other Class40s to play with including Peter Harding's 40 Degrees and Marc Lepesqueux's Sensation.
 
The race has always attracted UK members of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and this year is no exception. RORC Commodore Mike Greville has chartered CM 60, Venomous for the race and RORC Admiral, Andrew McIrvine will be part of the crew of the Najad 57, Weir Kraken, which is skippered by former RORC Commodore, David Aisher. The Weir Kraken crew is entirely made up of members of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Royal Yacht Squadron.
 
Multihull Class
Olivier Vigoureux, boat captain of Peter Aschenbrenner's ballistic trimaran, Paradox has confirmed that the 63ft Nigel Irens-designed flyer will be competing:
 
'We can definitely go faster this year, given the right conditions. Ideally we would like 20 knots of wind, then we might just be able to keep up with Leopard," suggested Olivier. "The course record set by Region Guadeloupe in the first race will be very difficult for Paradox to beat as we have more weight and less sail area, but who knows, if we get the right conditions, anything can happen."
 
Lloyd Thornburg's Gunboat 66, Phaedo returns to RORC Caribbean 600 action, having won the Multihull Class in 2011. For the 2013 edition, Jules Verne record holder, Brian Thompson will be part of a stellar crew. However, Phaedo should have a close battle on the water with the latest Gunboat 66 to be launched, Slim, skippered by South African, Travis McGarry.
 
The action in Antigua starts on 18th February 2013 with live tracking and regular updates from the course. For more information visit the RORC Caribbean mini-site.
http://www.caribbean600.rorc.org
 


Click here for all News and Specials for RORC Caribbean 600

 
connect with antiguanice.com
FacebookTwitterYoutubeNewsletterRSS

contact
TEL: +1 (268) 460-1799
UK TEL: +44 207 493 2248
WEBSITE: Click here

news and specials

RORC CARIBBEAN 600 WRAP-UP VIDEO

Tuesday 27th February 2018
The 2018 edition of the race was the coming of age of the RORC Caribbean 600. View the 13 minute fil...
Read More

RORC CARIBBEAN 600 - COMING OF AGE

Monday 26th February 2018
25 knots of solid trade winds with gusty squalls and a confused sea state delivered a challenge to o...
Read More

BAM! & SCARLET ISLAND GIRL WIN IN ANTIGUA

Friday 23rd February 2018
The Club House Bar & Restaurant was buzzing until dawn for the fifth day of the RORC Caribbean 600....
Read More

HAT-TRICK FOR RAMBLER 88

Friday 23rd February 2018
George David's American Maxi Rambler 88 has won the 2018 RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy, scoring the best...
Read More

GUTS AND A GLIMMER OF GLORY

Thursday 22nd February 2018
The strong conditions experienced at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600 continued through the first...
Read More

All News Stories and Specials


photo gallery
To view more photos of Rambler 100 Winds RORC Caribbean 600 click here View Image Gallery
To view more photos of 2011 RORC Caribbean 600 click here View Image Gallery
To view more photos of RORC Caribbean 600 click here View Image Gallery

video

Video by acquafilms on Vimeo.

2011 RORC Caribbean 600 race - Day 1 highlights

Video by acquafilms on Vimeo.


whats on

RORC CARIBBEAN 600 START

Monday 18th February 2019. Read More

RORC CARIBBEAN 600 PRIZE GIVING PARTY

Friday 22nd February 2019. Read More

All Whats On Listings