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Friday 17th February 2017

A record fleet featuring 80 of the world's most spectacular yachts and crews are gathering in Antigua for the start of the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 on Monday, February 20th. To keep up to date with all the news and to follow the race, please see the full details below.

Race minisite: http://caribbean600.rorc.org/

Blogs from the boats, daily race reports, images, videos and news. Follow the action as it unfolds on the RORC Caribbean 600 website.

Fleet Tracking: http://caribbean600.rorc.org/Race-Information/Tracking/

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Start: Monday 20th February - 10:50 (First warning signal)
Fort Charlotte, Antigua will be the starting and finishing point for this sensational 600 mile non-stop yacht race around 11 Caribbean Islands.

Class Start Times:
1100  (1500 UTC)   - IRC 2, IRC 3, CSA
1110   (1510 UTC) -  IRC 1 & Class40
1120   (1520 UTC) -  IRC Zero and CK
1130   (1530 UTC)  - Superyachts
1140   (1540 UTC)  - Multihulls
 
Note: A Warning Signal will be given 10 minutes before the Starting Signal

80 yachts will take the start on Monday, February 20th. The First Warning Signal is at 10:50, but yachts will leave the dock much earlier to make their way to the start area. The start sequence with nine different classes will take 50 minutes to complete.
 
Spectators are in for a treat. The 9th edition of the race will showcase an astounding fleet of yachts: from record-breaking high performance racers to magnificent schooners, fast production yachts and foiling multilhulls.
 
Due to the size of the yachts and the sheer number competing, considerable sea room is needed to manoeuvre and a team of highly experienced volunteers will act as on-the-water marshals maintaining an Exclusion Zone to keep spectator boats at a safe distance from the yachts racing.

Watch from the Water:
For those wishing to watch the race from the water, please note that there will be an Exclusion Zone around the starting area effective from 10:30 to 12:00 on Monday, February 20th, 2017.

The safety of spectator vessels and competitors is paramount and therefore Marshal Boats displaying a white flag with a red "M" will be policing the exclusion zone as per the diagram below.

Please Note: Exclusion Zone for the Start

The safety of spectator vessels and competitors is paramount and therefore Marshal Boats displaying a white flag with a red "M" will be policing the exclusion zone as per the diagram below.

Watch from the Shore:
The yachts will be starting south of Fort Charlotte on Monday, February 20th. Those left on land can get a wonderful view from there, or from Shirley Heights. The starting line is formed between an orange triangle on Fort Charlotte and an orange cylindrical Outer Distance Mark approximately 0.50nm south of Fort Charlotte. The Race Committee may adjust this position with reference to the wind direction on the day of the start. Fort Charlotte is at the eastern entrance to English Harbour above the Pillars of Hercules and below Shirley Heights.
 
There's also a chance to catch a glimpse of the boats leaving Falmouth Harbour from Pigeon Beach and the boats leaving English Harbour from Galleon Beach from 09:30 onwards. Boats will be gathering in the start area from around 10:00, so get there early to get the best view. The start sequence begins at 10:50.

Join the Virtual Race:
If you can't make the race but want to compete against thousands of 'armchair sailors' around the world, join the RORC Caribbean 600 Virtual Regatta now. Test your skills, but beware, you will be hooked as the delights and frustrations of the course become apparent.
 
Join the Virtual Regatta here
 
A word from the RORC Racing Manager:
"The support of the members of the Antigua Yacht Club plays a vital part in the success of the RORC Caribbean 600. The fact that we see so many familiar faces and new volunteers helping us each year, with their vast experience of the local area and conditions, gives the RORC the confidence to be able to organise this demanding offshore race with a small RORC team from the UK," says RORC Racing Manager, Nick Elliott.
 
"We are very pleased that ABSAR, the Antigua Barbuda Search and Rescue team will be on hand to help with the many aspects of safety and fleet management required to run an offshore race. ABSAR's highly trained team and safety network throughout the islands on the Caribbean 600 course, is vital to the safe running of the race. ABSAR will also be on hand to help identify any boats finishing in the hours of darkness," continues Elliott.
 
The 2017 edition of the RORC Caribbean 600, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and hosted by the Antigua Yacht Club, will start on Monday, February 20th, 2017.
 
Entry List as at 16 Feb 2017 here.


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