The glitterati of the sailing world will descend upon Antigua to compete in the 2016 RORC Caribbean 600. Well over 100 Olympians, World Champions, America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race sailors will join hundreds of passionate corinthian sailors for the exhilarating 600-mile race around 11 Caribbean islands.
Competing on ocean swell in 20 knots of warm tradewinds, on a first class course, the RORC Caribbean 600 is hard to resist. A record fleet for the 8th edition is expected making a fleet of 80 yachts highly likely.
The Caribbean's premier offshore race will feature two of the world's fastest multihulls. Lloyd Thornburg's MOD 70, Phaedo3 set the course record for multihulls last year and is back, but will have hot competition for the Multihull Line Honours Trophy from Tony Lawson's MOD 70, Concise 10.
The hot contender for the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy, an awarded to the monohull with the best corrected time under the IRC rating rule, is Jim & Kristy Hinze Clark's American Maxi, Comanche which will be making its RORC Caribbean 600 debut. The 100ft Maxi, skippered by Kenny Read, holds the World Sailing Speed Council monohull 24 hour record (618.01 nautical miles) and is very capable of beating the RORC Caribbean 600 monohull course record, which was set by George David's Rambler 100 in 2011 (40 hours 20 mins 02 secs).
Thousands of spectators will gather at Shirley Heights to watch the impressive fleet begin the 8th RORC Caribbean 600. Hundreds of thousands more will watch the race unfold via video, photographs and YB tracking's live race viewer. All of the competing yachts will be fitted with YB Trackers which will transmit data such as speed, direction and gps coordinates at predetermined intervals, so that friends, family and supporters left ashore can follow the fleet's progress throughout this epic race.