18 February 2019

2019 RORC Caribbean 600 Race, Antigua Start Feb 18, LIVE Feed

2019 RORC Caribbean 600 UPDATES:  LIVE Tracker and Results.
  • David and Peter Askew's American Volvo 70 Wizard has won the 2019 RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy, scoring the best corrected time under IRC. Wizard put in a near faultless performance to complete the 600 mile non-stop race in 43 hours 38 minutes and 44 seconds.
  • In the early hours of Thursday 21 February, after two and a half days and nights of intense competition and over 600 miles of racing, it all came down to just a few minutes. Catherine Pourre's French Class40 Eärendil won Line Honours for the Class40 Division for the second year in a row.
  • Record for Maserati Multi 70 and Multihull Line Honours: Maserati Multi 70 skippered by Giovanni Soldini (ITA) crossed the finish line of the RORC Caribbean 600 at 20:49:00 AST on Tuesday 19 February 2019 in an elapsed time of 1 day, 06 hours 49 minutes and 00 seconds, taking Multihull Line honours and setting a new Multihull Race Record in the 11th edition of the race; beating the previous record by just over one hour.
  • Monohull line honours for Wizard: David & Peter Askew (USA) racing their Volvo 70 Wizard have taken Monohull Line Honours in the RORC Caribbean 600 crossing the finish line on Wednesday 20 February at 07:08:44 AST in an elapsed time of 1d 19h 38m 44s. Wizard has set the bar for the overall win under IRC for the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy.
2019 RORC Caribbean 600: Early arrivals, interviews & Class40 battle

Early arrivals in Antigua + interviews with some of the first finishers in the 11th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600; including Class40 winner, Catherine Pourre - Eärendil (FRA); Wizard - Line honours monohull, Volvo Open 70 - David and Peter Askew (USA); Superyacht & largest boat in the race, Nikata, Greg Slyngstad's Bieker 53 Fujin (USA) successful return after her capsize in the race in 2018; Shannon Falcone's Dna F4 Falcon (ANT) and Multihull winner, John Gallagher on Gunboat 62 Chim Chim.

After two and a half days and nights of intense competition and over 600 miles of racing, it all came down to just a few minutes for the battle of the Class40s. Catherine Pourre's French won Line Honours for the second year in a row, this time defeating two of the rising stars of offshore racing. Hammering around the course was not enough; guile and tenacity also played their part. RORC video above published Feb 21, 2019. © AcquafilmsAntigua/RORC

See also 2019 RORC Caribbean 600 Class40 showdown video--"An epic finish is on the bill for the Class40 fleet with just 16 minutes separating the leading three yachts. Aymeric Chappellier's Aïna Enfance Et Avenir is just in the lead, in his rear view mirror Chappellier can see Catherine Pourre's Eärendil and Luke Berry's Lamotte - Module Création blast reaching at 20 knots in hot pursuit"--and the Class40 Hydra at Nevis video.

Start of the 11th edition RORC Caribbean 600

Blast Off for the RORC Caribbean 600--The 2019 RORC Caribbean 600 kicked off in spectacular conditions off the south coast of Antigua with the magnificent fleet starting the 600 mile non-stop offshore race in bright sunshine, full-on gusting tradewinds and two-metre high waves. The 11th edition of the race featured 76 starting yachts from 20 different countries.--RORC video above published Feb 18, 2019.

2019 RORC Caribbean 600 – Race Preview Film

75 yachts are about to embark on the 11th edition of this epic 600 nautical mile race around 11 Caribbean islands, starting and finishing off Fort Charlotte, Antigua on Monday 18th February 2019. RORC video above published Feb 17, 2019.

The 2019 RORC Caribbean 600 Race start: Monday 18th February 2019, Antigua
The 2019 RORC Caribbean 600 Race course, approximately 600 miles
Official website: caribbean600.rorc.org. Some of the high profile sailors participating (pdf).
The 11th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 starts from Antigua on Monday 18th February 2019. 
1100     IRC 2, IRC 3, CSA
1110     IRC 1 & Class40     
1120     IRC Zero & Superyacht
1130     Multihull
The 600nm course circumnavigates 11 Caribbean Islands starting from Fort Charlotte, English Harbour, Antigua and heads north as far as St Martin and south to Guadeloupe taking in Barbuda, Nevis, St Kitts, Saba and St Barth's. See Notice of Race.

RACE RECORDS: Multihull record (2016) Lloyd Thornburg, Phaedo3, MOD70 (USA) 31 hours, 59 minutes, 04 seconds. Monohull record (2018) George David, Rambler 88, Maxi (USA) 37 hours, 41 minutes, 45 seconds.

(Best corrected time under IRC)
2018 - George David, Rambler 88, Maxi (USA)
2017 - Hap Fauth, Bella Mente, JV72 (USA)
2016 - George Sakellaris, Maxi 72, Proteus (USA)
2015 - Hap Fauth, JV72, Bella Mente (USA)
2014 - George Sakellaris, RP72, Shockwave (USA)
2013 - Ron O'Hanley, Privateer, Cookson 50 (USA)
2012 - Niklas Zennström's JV72, Rán (GBR)
2011 - George David, Rambler 100, JK 100 (USA)
2010 - Karl C L Kwok, Beau Geste, Farr 80 (HKG)
2009 - Adrian Lee, Lee Overlay Partners, Cookson 50 (IRL)

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