RORC Caribbean 600

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Shockwave Win Overall: RORC Caribbean 600

Shockwave at Redonda – Credit: Tim Wright/photoaction.com

With all 60 yachts accounted for, the Royal Ocean Racing Club announces that the winner of the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy for the best yacht, overall in IRC on corrected time, is George Sakellaris’ RP72, Shockwave. The trophy will be presented to the Shockwave crew at tonight’s Prize Giving held at the Antigua Yacht Club. [Read more…]

Success for Antigua in the RORC Caribbean 600

St. John’s dentist, Bernie Evan Wong said he would be back for his 6th RORC Caribbean 600 with a bigger, faster boat and Grand Soleil 43, Quokka 8 delivered, taking Line Honours in IRC Two. The first time in the six year history of the race, that an Antiguan skippered yacht has taken line honours in any class. [Read more…]

Party Spirit Building in Antigua – RORC Caribbean 600

Gonzalo Botin’s Tales II (ESP) breaks the Class40 course record- Credit: Tim Wright/photoaction.com

At 0800 on Day Four of the RORC Caribbean 600, 17 yachts had completed the race and six yachts retired. George Sakellaris’ American RP72, Shockwave was the overall leader of the race for the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy, having set the benchmark corrected time of 3 days, 4 hours 16 minutes 38 seconds, with Bella Mente in second place at this time. 18 yachts still racing still have the ability to better that time to claim the overall prize.

For the second year in a row, the Class40 record for the RORC Caribbean 600 has been beaten. Gonzalo Botin’s Tales II showed amazing speed around the course, breaking the 2013 course record set by Peter Harding and Hannah Jenner’s 40 Degrees. Spanish entry, Tales II was over 3 hours quicker than the previous record, finishing the 600 mile race in an elapsed time of 2 days, 16 hours 37 minutes 52 seconds. [Read more…]

Rambler Takes Up the Running in the RORC Caribbean 600

At 0700 local time, on Day Two of the RORC Caribbean 600, George David’s RP90, Rambler, had opened up a four mile lead on the water from Hap Fauth’s JV72, Bella Mente. Rambler’s water-line length is a big advantage on the longest reaching leg of the course and the American Maxi is expected to extend that advantage during the day, on the water at least.

Overnight, Bella Mente had stretched six miles ahead of George Sakellaris’ RP72, Shockwave, to lead IRC Zero on corrected time by 15 minutes. Johnny Vincent’s Pace was in a solid third place in class and will be hoping that the lead boats will run out of breeze at some stage of the race so that the British TP52 can press home their rating advantage. [Read more…]

RORC Caribbean 600 – Sparkling Start

IRC Zero approaching the startline in perfect alignment. Credit Tim Wright/photoaction.com

60 yachts started the 6th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 in spectacular conditions.

High above the Pillars of Hercules, the magnificent international fleet of yachts enjoyed a sparkling start of warm trade winds, Caribbean swell and brilliant sunshine. Ahead of the yachts lies a breath-taking course around 11 islands with more twists and turns than the Monte Carlo race track.

Two hours into the race and the entire fleet have passed Green Island and are now cracking sheets for the sleigh ride to Barbuda with Hap Fauth’s JV72, Bella Mente leading the charge, pulling the trigger, spearing through Atlantic waves at 18 knots towards the only mark of the course. [Read more…]