RORC CARIBBEAN 600
Records are broken in the 10th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 race
In it’s 10th year, the RORC Caribbean 600 race started on 19th February in Antigua. 84 yachts set off in squally conditions for the 600-mile offshore race, an unprecedented fleet and new records were set to continue throughout the event.
The start of the race saw unstable conditions, with wind speeds of up to 40 knots and big shifts in direction. These challenging conditions, high seas and strong trade winds persisted throughout, seeing a total of 43 yachts retiring from the race.
Irens 63, Paradox and American Maxi, Rambler 88 took an early lead at a record pace, ultimately finishing in first and second place respectively, with Rambler 88 setting a new monohull race record after crossing the finish line in an elapsed time of 1 day, 13 hours, 41 minutes and 45 seconds.
In IRC One, diYachting managed Swan 66, Enigma VIII was skippered by her owner, finishing 6th in the class and 22nd in IRC overall. Owner Per and the crew all enjoyed the race and have now returned home, for a well deserved rest following a challenging and exciting few days.
84 starters. 41 finishers. 2 race records.
All photos courtesy of RORC/Tim Wright, Arthur Daniel, Mags Hudgell.