Countdown to 2022 RORC Caribbean 600
Published on February 7th, 2022
With nearly 80 entries racing under the IRC Rating Rule, MOCRA, and Class40 division, the 13th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 has attracted over 600 sailors from 30 different nations and will start off Fort Charlotte, Antigua on February 21.
The 600nm race course rounds 11 Caribbean islands, delivering superb winter racing in the Caribbean with fast angles, ocean swell and tropical temperatures.
“The RORC Caribbean 600 and Antigua is like coming home to family; we just love the event and people. After missing the 2021 event (due to pandemic) we are absolutely delighted to have so many amazing entries,” says RORC Caribbean 600 Race Director Chris Stone.
Monohull Line Honours is likely to be decided by three Maxi Yachts: Club Swan 125 Skorpios, Verdier/VPLP 100 Comanche, and the Farr 100 Leopard. IRC Super Zero has six versions of the Volvo Open 70 design, plus the 115ft Swan Shamanna and the Mills 68 Prospector.
After a close finish in the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race, Maserati, PowerPlay, and Argo will lock horns again for Multihull Line Honours. Eleven multihulls are currently entered for the race under the MOCRA Rule and a multitude of proven winners will be in the hunt for MOCRA glory after time correction.
Ten Class40s have answered the call from France, USA, and Italy. Unquestionably this is a tough race for Class40s; with little sleep or respite for crews due to the multitude of sail changes and harsh conditions.
The overall winner for the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy is decided by IRC time correction. While the Line Honors contenders will be in the hunt for the double, teams racing in IRC Zero and IRC One have an equal chance of winning the race after time correction.
The 2020 RORC Caribbean 600 attracted 76 teams from 21 countries and crews from six continents. When the 13th edition gets underway, the 600nm course circumnavigates 11 Caribbean Islands starting from Fort Charlotte, English Harbour, Antigua and heads north as far as St Martin and south to Guadeloupe taking in Barbuda, Nevis, St Kitts, Saba and St Barth’s.
• Multihull record (2019) – Giovanni Soldini, Maserati, Multi 70 (ITA) – 30 hours, 49 minutes, 00 seconds
• Monohull record (2018) – George David, Rambler 88, Maxi (USA) – 37 hours, 41 minutes, 45 seconds
PREVIOUS WINNERS: RORC CARIBBEAN 600 TROPHY – IRC OVERALL
2019 – David and Peter Askew, Wizard, Volvo 70 (USA)
2018 – George David, Rambler 88, Maxi (USA)
2017 – Hap Fauth, Bella Mente, JV72 (USA)
2016 – George Sakellaris, Maxi 72, Proteus (USA)
2015 – Hap Fauth, JV72, Bella Mente (USA)
2014 – George Sakellaris, RP72, Shockwave (USA)
2013 – Ron O’Hanley, Privateer, Cookson 50 (USA)
2012 – Niklas Zennström’s JV72, Rán (GBR)
2011 – George David, Rambler 100, JK 100 (USA)
2010 – Karl C L Kwok, Beau Geste, Farr 80 (HKG)
2009 – Adrian Lee, Lee Overlay Partners, Cookson 50 (IRL)