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New RORC Caribbean 600 Series for 2023

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If you love racing in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s (RORC) Caribbean 600, a 600 nautical mile race around 11 Caribbean islands, then sign up for the new RORC Caribbean 600 Series. This inaugural event is based in Antigua and happens February 14-24, 2023. The Series includes three days of racing leading up to the main event, the 14th RORC Caribbean 600. The Series is open to boats racing under the IRC, CSA, and MOCRA Class Rules, plus other classes.

First Night at Sea for RORC Caribbean 600

RORC Caribbean 600
RORC Caribbean 600

“Historically, major 600-mile offshore races are part of a series. For example, the Fastnet and the Admiral’s Cup. The RORC Caribbean 600 Series will have a similar format with inshore racing, a medium length offshore and a long offshore race (the 360 Round Antigua Race),” said Eric de Turckheim, RORC vice commodore who will compete aboard his NMYD 54, Teasing Machine. “The RORC Caribbean 600 race is one of the best offshore races in the world, but it is normally won by a big boat. The Series will give smaller boats a better chance of winning due to the variety of races. The RORC has a long-term plan for the RORC Caribbean 600 Series; making it one of the world’s most significant regattas.”

In addition to Teasing Machine, RORC Commodore James Neville is already registered to race his HH42, INO XXX. 

RORC Caribbean 600

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“The combination of a tactically challenging Caribbean destination, sunshine, and warm blue waters makes this a totally unique event,” commented Race Director Chris Stone. “The RORC will continue to work with Antigua Yacht Club and their local volunteers supporting the management of this event. All the races in the Series will require boats to comply with World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations Category 3. For the RORC Caribbean 600 Race, boats will require additional equipment including Liferaft, EPIRB, and AIS Transponder.”

Prize giving for the RORC Caribbean 600 Series and RORC Caribbean 600 Opening Party will be on February 18, 2023. caribbean600.rorc.org

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Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.

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