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Stunning fleet set for RORC Caribbean 600

A spectacular fleet, with crews from around the globe will gather in Antigua for the 11th edition of the  RORC Caribbean 600 © RORC/Arthur Daniel

Two months before the start of the race 50 teams have thrown down the gauntlet; over 10% more than the same time prior to the record entry of 88 yachts in 2018. The race is a truly international affair with teams from all over the Caribbean Islands, Canada, Chile, Great Britain, Finland, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.

For the first time in the history of the race, three ocean-going trimarans in the shape of Jason Carroll's Argo, Giovanni Soldini's Maserati and Peter Cunningham's PowerPlay will be battling for multihull line honours and the race record, set in 2016 by Lloyd Thornburg’s Phaedo3: 31 hours, 59 minutes, 4 seconds).

The IRC fleet racing for the overall win and the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy, boasts three magnificent yachts; the 203ft schooner Athos, skippered by Tony Brookes, the 115ft sloop Nikata, skippered by Tom Brewer, and the 96ft sloop Sorceress, sailed by Will Apold. Two Maxi 72s will be locking horns; previous winner George Sakellaris' Proteus and the brand new Bella Mente sailed by Hap Fauth. American Volvo Ocean Race skipper Charlie Enright will be hoping for victory with the American Volvo 70 Wizard. In two previous editions, the race has been won overall by a Cookson 50. This year, two new teams will be hoping to increase the statistic. Franco Niggeler's Kuka3 is on a high from their overall win in the RORC Transatlantic Race, and the highly experienced team racing Triple Lindy will be led by Joseph Mele.

JV 115 Nikata in the 2016 race at Redonda, one of 11 islands that make up part of the tactical 600 mile race course   © Tim Wright/Photoaction.comJV 115 Nikata in the 2016 race at Redonda, one of 11 islands that make up part of the tactical 600 mile race course © Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Black Soul 2 - Michel de Franssu's Code 1 3.02 Foiler will compete in IRC One  © videociel.comBlack Soul 2 - Michel de Franssu's Code 1 3.02 Foiler will compete in IRC One © videociel.com

Joined by MOD 70 Argo, PowerPlay and Multi 70 Maserati will come head-to-head once again in the  RORC Caribbean 600 © Mikel PrietoJoined by MOD 70 Argo, PowerPlay and Multi 70 Maserati will come head-to-head once again in the RORC Caribbean 600 © Mikel Prieto

A record entry of Class40s is also expected to compete in the race. The 2018 Route du Rhum featured 53 of these pocket rockets, bound for Antigua's neighbour island of Guadeloupe. With another transatlantic race organised in March, 10 or more Class40 are likely to take part in the RORC Caribbean 600. Among the early entries is Catherine Pourre's Eärendil which set a new Class40 record for the race last year (2 days 13 hours and 15 seconds).

“We are delighted to be heading back to Antigua for the 11th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600,” commented RORC Racing Manager, Chris Stone. “This coming year we are anticipating close to 100 boats from all over the world who will be coming to Antigua to enjoy the challenging racing and amazing weather. We are expecting an extremely good mix from within the fleet, seeing our smallest competitors tussling with the larger race machines for the prestigious IRC overall trophy. As usual, there will be a great welcome party and prizegiving event, plus every yacht will be met dockside with cold beers and a warm welcome from our wonderful team of volunteers.”

For more information, please go to: http://caribbean600.rorc.org/

Crews gather for the RORC Caribbean 600 prizegiving at Antigua Yacht Club © RORC/Arthur DanielCrews gather for the RORC Caribbean 600 prizegiving at Antigua Yacht Club © RORC/Arthur Daniel

Notice of Race: http://caribbean600.rorc.org/Race-Information/2019-notice-of-race.html

Entries to date: http://caribbean600.rorc.org/Entries/race-entries.html

Throwback Thursday: Start of the 2018 RORC Caribbean 600 - A Record fleet sets off on record pace © Acquafilms Antigua

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