RORC Caribbean 600 is one of the bucket list offshore races! For those of you ‘collecting the set’ of 600nm offshore races it is amongst the greats; such as the Fastnet and Middle Sea Race.
It is a 600 mile race around some of the best scenery the Caribbean has to offer.
As such it offers both novice and experienced sailors a great opportunity to race among professionals crews and some of the worlds top boats.
The 2020 race will start and finish in Antigua. Travel to Antigua is easy by air from most major international airports.
Training dates: 21st to 23rd February 2020
Caribbean 600 Race start: 24th February 2020
Approximate finish: 28th February 2020
The RORC Caribbean 600 Race campaign 2020 will run over eight days. You will get great race training in the three day build up to the Caribbean 600 race. The race itself should take between three to five days depending on the weather.
Why we love the RORC Caribbean 600 race
When we first heard about this event in 2008 we thought that the combination of fantastic racing conditions with warm seas and steady trade winds sounded most unappealing. After all we’d rather be soaking, cold and freezing wet in the English Channel.
No not really! We jumped at the chance of some fabulous sailing in sunshine, grabbed our shorts and t-shirts and made sure we were on the Caribbean 600 race entry list.
Racing on turquoise seas in brilliant sunshine, a keen fleet and stiff competition, with interesting navigation and tactics thrown in, its perfect!
We don’t think we need to really sell it to you any more! If you are feeling a bit low on Vitamin Sea in February make sure to join our crew for the best sailing fun in the sun! Plus some rum thrown in for good measure!
No previous racing experience is needed! Because expert race training is part of the Caribbean 600 race campaign from our own Performance Yacht Racing skippers.
We were very proud of our 2019 PYR Team sailing on board our First 47.7 ‘EH01’ who achieved a 2nd in IRC Class 2 and CSA Class 2. Our team aboard ‘Quokka’, one of our Grand Soleill 43, also achieved a 4th in IRC Class 2. These results were seen as ‘job done’ after retirements in the previous year due to challenging weather conditions for the whole fleet.
In 2017 and 2016 we also achieved 2nd places. 2015 was a fabulous year with a hard fought battle, once again, for 2nd place.
In 2014 we made it back onto the podium finishing 2nd across the water and 3rd on corrected time in IRC 2.
The RORC Caribbean 600 offers some of the best offshore sailing we have experienced. It is a technical and tactical race sailed in azure waters with a backdrop of Caribbean islands like Antigua, St Kitts, St Martin and Guadeloupe to name a few.
Most noteworthy are the many corners as you traverse around the Caribbean islands.
Guadeloupe offers a particular navigation and tactical challenge. Negotiating the wind shadow effectively can make or break a race due to its size and extension off the island.