The RORC Caribbean 600 continues to defy the financial crisis with a record fleet expected on the start line when the fifth edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 kicks off on 18 February 2013.
With the northern hemisphere in the grip of winter, racing 600 miles around 11 Caribbean islands in warm trade winds and surfing in ocean swell is proving to be very appealing.
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"We had 30 confirmed entries at the end of 2012 which is twice as many entries as we had the same time last year," confirmed RORC Racing Manager, Nick Elliott. "It is encouraging to see that the race has captured the imagination of all sizes of yachts with a significant number of entries from yachts less than 50ft as well as much larger yachts, including superyachts, which you would expect to see in the Caribbean. Antigua Yacht Club will be hosting the event once again and since our last race, the club has made many improvements to shore side facilities for yacht crews. All in all, the fifth edition of the race looks all set to be a fantastic event."
Two of the world's largest schooners are set for a marvellous battle. The 182ft Adela which competed against Windrose last year will have the mighty Athos as competition. Athos is making her RORC Caribbean 600 debut and a fascinating encounter is expected. Athos at 203ft has a greater overall length, but the two schooners are evenly matched and both yachts have enjoyed a friendly rivalry throughout the 2012 superyacht season.
In addition to Adela and Athos are a significant number of the world's most impressive maxi yachts including Peter Harrison's Farr 115, Sojana and Filip Balcaen's 112ft supermaxi Nilaya, who are very evenly matched. Both yachts competed in the IMA Transatlantic Race and after more than nine days at sea, Nilaya and Sojana were less than five hours apart. The 100ft Maxi, Liara and Didier Lacombe's 92ft Med Spirit are also set for the start.
Caribbean 600 website
4 January 2013 8:37 GMT