RORC Caribbean 600 2020

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3 Nights Racing

This year is the 11th Anniversary of what is quickly becoming one of the favourite offshore races on the international RORC circuit. The 600nm course – which resembles something drawn by a toddler – starts just off Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua and then meanders northbound through the island, before taking a sharp turn South at St. Martin. If the trade winds are doing what they should (they definitely weren’t in 2017…!) it’s spinnakers up for the longest leg in the race, down to Guadalupe. Passing around the south of the French island, crews battle to avoid a formidable wind shadow, before passing Antigua for one final victory lap back to Barbuda, a quick gybe at Redonda, then finishing back at Nelson’s Dockyard.

If you haven’t raced offshore in the Caribbean before, this is a must – sleeping on the rail is a lot less grim when the temperatures are in the mid-20s! This is one to race hard and party even harder, as the social afterwards in Antigua is legendary.

 

Trip Start: 21 February 2020

Trip End: 28 February 2020

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VESSEL

Vessel Type

Volvo Open 70 (Gen 2)

Vessel Length

70ft

Skipper

Yes

Berth

This is a race yacht, so no airs and graces. Berths are hot bunking in pipe cots

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

Strict. 25% Non-refundable deposit

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Included

  • All safety gear included
  • 3 days of race training and prep
  • 3/4 days of racing (wind dependent)
  • Breakfast and Lunch during training
  • Race provisions when racing
  • All yacht costs included
  • Berthing in Falmouth Harbour Antigua
  • Professional Race Skipper and core crew

Additional

  • Travel to or from the boats
  • Food ashore

Practical Info

  • Some sailing experience is required.
  • A good level of fitness recommended.

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

V.C Bird International, Antigua

Getting back

V.C Bird International, Antigua

This year is the 11th Anniversary of what is quickly becoming one of the favourite offshore races on the international RORC circuit. The 600nm course – which resembles something drawn by a toddler – starts just off Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua and then meanders northbound through the island, before taking a sharp turn South at St. Martin. If the trade winds are doing what they should (they definitely weren’t in 2017…!) it’s spinnakers up for the longest leg in the race, down to Guadalupe. Passing around the south of the French island, crews battle to avoid a formidable wind shadow, before passing Antigua for one final victory lap back to Barbuda, a quick gybe at Redonda, then finishing back at Nelson’s Dockyard.

If you haven’t raced offshore in the Caribbean before, this is a must – sleeping on the rail is a lot less grim when the temperatures are in the mid-20s! This is one to race hard and party even harder, as the social afterwards in Antigua is legendary.

 

ITINERARY

Race Start: Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua¬†24 February

Finish: Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua, Prizegiving: 28 February

Training starts on 21 February before starting the race on 24 February. You should be racing for about 3/4 days before returning to Nelson’s Dockyard.

KIT LIST

  • 20-25 litre dry bag
  • Wet weather gear top and trousers (optional, can be provided if required_
  • Thin thermal/breathable base layer x 1
  • Fleece top
  • Deck shoes
  • Sea boots (optional)
  • Sailing gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sailing knife
  • Head torch with red lens
  • Sleeping bag (super lightweight, not to save weight, but because the Caribbean is warm!)
  • T-shirt x 3 preferably a quick dry, breathable UV protection type
  • Shorts x 2
  • Sunglasses x 1

INSURANCE

Specialist off-shore sailing insurance is required. We can direct you to the insurer we use. Ask for information when you enquire.

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