The 8th edition of the race will showcase an astounding fleet of yachts: from record-breaking high performance racers to a magnificent 213ft (65m) three-masted schooner, elegant classic and fast production yachts. Find out how to watch the action with this handy guide..
Start: Antigua, West Indies – Monday 22 February 2016- 1050 local time (First warning signal)
Course: Approx. 600nm non-stop around 11 Caribbean Islands (click here to walk the course with Nikata’s navigator.)
The Race Team from the Royal Ocean Racing Club, based at Antigua Yacht Club is busy tonight preparing for the start of the 8th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 on Monday 22 February. Since 2009, the only offshore race in the Caribbean has grown in popularity and this year a record fleet of 70 yachts from around the world will compete.
Fort Charlotte, Antigua will be the starting and finishing point for this sensational 600 mile non-stop yacht race around 11 Caribbean Islands.
A myriad of 70 yachts will take the start on Monday 22 February. The First Warning Signal is at 1050, but yachts will leave the dock much earlier to make their way to the start area. The start sequence with nine different classes will take 40 minutes to complete.
Due to the size of the yachts and the sheer number competing, considerable sea room is needed to manoeuvre and a team of highly experienced volunteers will act as on-the-water marshals maintaining an Exclusion Zone to keep spectator boats at a safe distance from the yachts racing.
WATCH FROM THE SHORE:
The yachts will be starting south of Fort Charlotte on Monday 22 February. Those left on land can get a wonderful view from there, or from Shirley Heights. The starting line is formed between an orange triangle on Fort Charlotte and an orange cylindrical Outer Distance Mark approximately 0.50nm south of Fort Charlotte. The Race Committee may adjust this position with reference to the wind direction on the day of the start. Fort Charlotte is at the eastern entrance to English Harbour above the Pillars of Hercules and below Shirley Heights.
There’s also a chance to catch a glimpse of the boats leaving Falmouth Harbour from Pigeon Beach and the boats leaving English Harbour from Galleon Beach from 0930 onwards. Boats will be gathering in the start area from around 1000, so get there early to get the best view. The start sequence begins at 1050.
CLASS START TIMES: (take a read of the entry list organised by class HERE)
1100 CSA, IRC 2, IRC 3
1110 IRC 1 & Class40
1120 IRC Zero and CK
Note: A Warning Signal will be given 10 minutes before the Starting Signal
WATCH FROM THE WATER:
(PLEASE NOTE: EXCLUSION ZONE FOR THE START)
For those wishing to watch the race from the water, please note that there will be an Exclusion Zone around the starting area effective from 1030 to 1200 on Monday 22 February 2016.
The safety of spectator vessels and competitors is paramount and therefore Marshal Boats displaying a white flag with a red “M” will be policing the exclusion zone as per the diagram below.
VISIT THE WEBSITE:
Follow the race on the minisite: http://caribbean600.rorc.org
Keep up to date with all the news. There will be blogs from the boats themselves on the race course, images, video and daily race reports. Follow the action as it unfolds on the RORC Caribbean 600 website.
TRACK THE FLEET:
Every yacht is fitted with a race tracker and their progress can be followed on the race website: http://caribbean600.rorc.org/Tracking/2016-fleet-tracking.html
One last thing…..
JOIN THE RACE- PLAY THE GAME – VIRTUAL REGATTA:
If you can’t make the race but want to compete against thousands of ‘armchair sailors’ around the world, join the RORC Caribbean 600 Virtual Regatta now. Test your skills, but beware, you will be hooked as the delights and frustrations of the course become apparent.
Join the Virtual Regatta HERE: http://click.virtualregatta.com/?li=4559