Caribbean News Now announces that the 2018 RORC Caribbean 600 will start on Monday, February 19, 2018. Teams from all over the world will go to the Caribbean to compete, racing 600 miles around 11 islands. The article states that, two months prior to the start, 53 entries have already been received and the race starting from Antigua is on course to eclipse the record entry of 80 boats last year.
George David’s American Maxi Rambler 88 will be hot favourite for line honours and George Sakellaris’ American Maxi 72 Proteus will be attempting an unprecedented third overall win under IRC. For the 10th anniversary of the race over a quarter of the early entries are yachts around 50 feet (15.24m), which should produce a phenomenal battle and potentially the winner of the coveted RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy.
Jens Kellinghusen’s German Ker 56 Varuna has confirmed participation; the new canting keel carbon flyer boat had to retire from the RORC Transatlantic Race, but intends to sail to Antigua to make the start of the race.
Eric de Turckheim’s Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine was the overall winner of the RORC Transatlantic Race and can be counted as one of the favourites for the RORC Caribbean 600. Last year in a former boat, de Turckheim’s team was third overall and winner of IRC One.
“The RORC Caribbean 600 is a very intense and interesting race; a bit like the Rolex Middle Sea Race,” commented Eric de Turckheim. “There is some fantastic scenery, but you also get a real mixture of conditions which makes it tactically interesting. For example, rounding Guadeloupe is very pretty, but also very tricky from a tactical point of view. It is always difficult to beat the Maxi 72s and this year we have some very good boats of a similar size to Teasing Machine.” [. . .]
[2017 RORC Transatlantic Race winner, Eric de Turckheim’s Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine © RORC/Arthur Daniel]
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