Teams from at least 22 nations have entered this year’s off-shore race, with superyachts, maxis, multihulls and a vast array of other racing and cruising vessels taking on the beautiful yet challenging course around the central Caribbean.
As usual, yachts from the UK and the US make up the majority of the fleet, accounting for over 30 entries. But, there has also been a significant number of entries from France.
Among the 11 French teams entered is the 17m/54ft sailing yacht ‘Teasing Machine’, which was the overall winner of the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race and, consequently, considered to be a favourite at the upcoming Caribbean regatta.
The yacht will, however, face stiff competition from the 22m/72ft sailing yacht PROTEUS, which will be attempting an unprecedented third overall win.
Split into four IRC rating bands, the international fleet will be battling for class honours as well as the overall prize, the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy.
Starting in Antigua, the race weaves around Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, St Barths, St Martin and Anguilla before heading southwards to Guadeloupe
Other competitors to watch out for are two Antiguan yachts: the 11m/37ft sailing yacht TAZ and the 15m/48ft sailing yacht ‘Sleeper X’. Both scored memorable victories last year in IRC One and IRC Three respectively and will hope to retain their titles.
The award-winning 32m/104ft sailing yacht FARFALLA, a regular on the regatta circuit and a popular charter option from Southern Wind, will also be competing.
The thrilling 600-mile circuit traverses 11 Caribbean islands. Starting in Antigua, the race weaves around Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, St Barths, St Martin and Anguilla before heading southwards to Guadeloupe and back to Antigua for the finish line.