Tired and Elated

A tired but elated crew on Ron O’Hanley’s Cookson 50, Privateer – Credit: kevinjohnsonphotography.com

Day Four AM Race Report: Louay Habib

Just after dusk at 19:34:34, Ron O’Hanley’s American Cookson 50, Privateer came through the finish line off English Harbour, Antigua. The 12 crew were tired and hungry but most of all thirsty for knowledge. The team from Newport, Rhode Island, USA knew it was close…too close to call. They had sailed their socks off and knew they were in with a chance of winning the coveted RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy. [Read more…]

Grins All Round As First Yachts Finish

Phaedo’s Lloyd Thornburg invites Peter Aschenbrenner to enjoy a celebratory glass of champagne on board to toast the 63ft trimaran, Paradox as winners of the Multihull Class – Credit: Ocean Images/Team Phaedo

By: Louay Habib

Mike Slade’s crew on ICAP Leopard were enjoying a cold beer in the Antigua Yacht Club today and Leopard’s owner, Mike Slade, was really enjoying winding down after a tough race in which ICAP Leopard took Line Honours for the second time: “That was definitely the toughest of the three races I have done, but I absolutely love this race; the course, the weather and the welcome we receive back in Antigua is just the best, anywhere. The RORC Caribbean is one of the premier yacht races worldwide and ICAP Leopard will definitely be back next year.” [Read more…]

The Sleigh Ride Continues: Day Two Race Update

Close racing during the first night as the two majestic schooners Adela and Athos were virtually ‘side by side’ – Credit: RORC/Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

By: Louay Habib

On the first night, there was virtually no let up in the phenomenal pace for the yachts competing in the RORC Caribbean 600. Warm Trade Winds gusting up to 28 knots was the norm. Downwind under spinnaker, the broad reach to the magical island of St.Kitts was spectacular as Andreas Hanakamp on board Class40, Vaquita, explained by satellite phone: [Read more…]

Blast off! RORC Caribbean 600

Start of IRC Zero and Canting Keel RORC Caribbean 600 – Credit: Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Race Report By: Louay Habib

BLAST OFF!   

A flash of smoke, high above the ‘Pillars of Hercules’ announced the start of the 5th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600. Before the start 25 knots of trade winds, gusting close to 30, provided feisty conditions. 53 yachts blasted into action, crashing to windward through the surf in the starting area. The international fleet, with crews from 31 nations, set off for the 600-mile race threading through 11 stunning Caribbean islands and the forecast strong winds promises a wild and memorable ride. [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]