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RORC Caribbean 600 Race • Warm Water Offshore Race in shirts OffShore Races

Fort Charlotte, Antigua & Barbuda
  • Event date: 22/02/2021
  • Event end: 26/02/2021
  • When: JAN-MAR
  • Duration: 1 week

The RORC Caribbean 600 Race has grown up to become a ‘must do’ offshore classic. The 600-mile race around 11 Caribbean islands is on the bucket list of any serious offshore sailor. You can compare the race with the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and the Rolex Fastnet Race.

Tradewind sailing conditions of 25 knots.

Racing around so many tropical islands in great weather is very beautiful

Five highly competitive starts thrilled hundreds of spectators lining the cliffs at Shirley Heights and Fort Charlotte.

The RORC Caribbean 600 is organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with the Antigua Yacht Club

Caribbean 600 course

  • Start at Fort Charlotte, English Harbour, Antigua
  • North to St Maarten
  • South to Guadeloupe
  • Via Barbuda, Nevis, St Kitts, Saba and St. Barth’s
  • Finish in Antigua

Programme of Events & Race information RORC Caribbean 600

Friday 19th February 2021 Yacht arrival deadline All competing yachts are required to be in attendance in Falmouth/English Harbour by this date.
Saturday 20th February – 1800 Skippers Briefing At the Antigua Yacht Club – Events Centre.

Two representatives from each boat only.

Saturday 20th February – 1830 Opening Party
At the Antigua Yacht Club.

18.30-20.30 – tickets only.
20.30-23.00 open to all for DJ, Live Band, Food, Bar.

Monday 22th February – 1050 First Warning Signal The start line is taken from Fort Charlotte and spectators can get a wonderful view of the start from there, or from Shirley Heights.

Monday 22th – Friday 26th February the Antigua Yacht Club bar will remain open for all competitors and their supporters. Refreshments will be available for crews as they cross the finish line!

Friday 26th February – 1900 Prizegiving and Closing Party At the Antigua Yacht Club

The requirements for the RORC Caribbean 600 are less strict than for example for the Rolex Fastnet Race, but still, it is a 600 Nm offshore race and although we are never far from one of the islands we can encounter bad weather which can make it a very rough race. Last two editions had light conditions, in comparison with the extreme weather in 2018.

Preferably you have offshore experience

An adequate number of the experienced crew must have experience of sailing a boat offshore and be prepared and physically fit to encounter heavy weather. Competitors may be required to provide evidence of their offshore experience.

Safety and Life-Saving Equipment

A Combined Lifejackets and Harness shall be worn when on deck.

  • Between the hours of sunset and sunrise
  • When alone on deck
  • When reefed
  • When the true wind speed is 25 knots or above
  • When the visibility is less than 1 nautical mile

Offshore Personal Survival Training

We recommend that you have completed training to Section 6 of the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations and gained a certificate from a World Sailing approved Offshore Personal Survival Training Course. Training must preferably have taken place within 5 years of the start of the race. We do recommend that 100% of the crew has completed this training for your own and others safety at sea.

First Aid Training

We recommend that you have completed a First Aid Training Course and hold an in-date certificate. The course shall comply with OSR 6.05.2 and have been completed within five years of the start of the race. The qualifications of Doctors, Paramedics or similarly trained medical professionals will be accepted, provided they are familiar with the topics in OSR Appendix H.

The Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda enjoy cooling trade winds which ensure the weather is perfect for the world-famous sailing regattas like the RORC Caribbean 600, Antigua Sailing Week and Antigua Classic Yacht Charter Week.

Antigua is one of the top Caribbean holiday and vacation destinations with 365 white sand beaches, and a huge choice of things to do, places to stay and services.

Antigua’s best website is Antiguanice which has the most up-to-date information on what is going on on-island, from flight arrivals to all the latest events.

We recommend planning your accommodation for the race close to Falmouth or English harbour so you can walk to the boat or if you plan to stay a bit further out we recommend to rent a car.

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Programme of Events & Race information RORC Caribbean 600

Friday 19th February 2021 Yacht arrival deadline All competing yachts are required to be in attendance in Falmouth/English Harbour by this date.
Saturday 20th February – 1800 Skippers Briefing At the Antigua Yacht Club – Events Centre.

Two representatives from each boat only.

Saturday 20th February – 1830 Opening Party
At the Antigua Yacht Club.

18.30-20.30 – tickets only.
20.30-23.00 open to all for DJ, Live Band, Food, Bar.

Monday 22th February – 1050 First Warning Signal The start line is taken from Fort Charlotte and spectators can get a wonderful view of the start from there, or from Shirley Heights.

Monday 22th – Friday 26th February the Antigua Yacht Club bar will remain open for all competitors and their supporters. Refreshments will be available for crews as they cross the finish line!

Friday 26th February – 1900 Prizegiving and Closing Party At the Antigua Yacht Club
Requirements

The requirements for the RORC Caribbean 600 are less strict than for example for the Rolex Fastnet Race, but still, it is a 600 Nm offshore race and although we are never far from one of the islands we can encounter bad weather which can make it a very rough race. Last two editions had light conditions, in comparison with the extreme weather in 2018.

Preferably you have offshore experience

An adequate number of the experienced crew must have experience of sailing a boat offshore and be prepared and physically fit to encounter heavy weather. Competitors may be required to provide evidence of their offshore experience.

Safety and Life-Saving Equipment

A Combined Lifejackets and Harness shall be worn when on deck.

  • Between the hours of sunset and sunrise
  • When alone on deck
  • When reefed
  • When the true wind speed is 25 knots or above
  • When the visibility is less than 1 nautical mile

Offshore Personal Survival Training

We recommend that you have completed training to Section 6 of the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations and gained a certificate from a World Sailing approved Offshore Personal Survival Training Course. Training must preferably have taken place within 5 years of the start of the race. We do recommend that 100% of the crew has completed this training for your own and others safety at sea.

First Aid Training

We recommend that you have completed a First Aid Training Course and hold an in-date certificate. The course shall comply with OSR 6.05.2 and have been completed within five years of the start of the race. The qualifications of Doctors, Paramedics or similarly trained medical professionals will be accepted, provided they are familiar with the topics in OSR Appendix H.

Tips

The Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda enjoy cooling trade winds which ensure the weather is perfect for the world-famous sailing regattas like the RORC Caribbean 600, Antigua Sailing Week and Antigua Classic Yacht Charter Week.

Antigua is one of the top Caribbean holiday and vacation destinations with 365 white sand beaches, and a huge choice of things to do, places to stay and services.

Antigua’s best website is Antiguanice which has the most up-to-date information on what is going on on-island, from flight arrivals to all the latest events.

We recommend planning your accommodation for the race close to Falmouth or English harbour so you can walk to the boat or if you plan to stay a bit further out we recommend to rent a car.

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