When the regatt first took place in 2009, almost 30 yachts started the race. Nine years later, for the 10th birthday, there are 88 dream yachts and boats with around 800 sailors from 22 countries on six continents who do not want to miss the regattas in the Caribbean - a new record. Among them are well-known large German yachts such as the "Varuna" from Hamburg's Jens Kellinghusen, the "Bank von Bremen" with skipper Jan-Paul Gundlach, the "Broader View Hamburg" and the "HaspHamburg" from the Hamburg Seafaring Association, the Hamburg "Iskareen" with skipper Arnt Bruhns, the "Outsider" of Tilmar Hansen from Kiel and the Class40 "Red" of Mathias Müller from Blumencron from Hamburg.
The clip with the highlights of the RORC Caribbean 600 last year. You already know why it is a dream to be able to participate …
One of the many German participants in the 10th birthday of the RORC Caribbean 600 this year is again a crew from the "Broader View Hamburg". Participation in the Atlantic Anniversary Regatt for the NRV anniversary made the start at this Caribbean sailing highlight possible. The team won the RORC Transatlantic Race in group IRC 1 in 2017
This edition again offers its participants some of the most beautiful Caribbean scenes and areas along the course, including the remote cliffs of Saba, the white beaches of Barbud or the volcanic rock faces of Montserrat, an island in the Lesser Antilles. In turquoise waves and often driven by wonderful trade winds, the crews can enjoy one of the most beautiful sailing regions in the world. It is not uncommon for whales, dolphins or turtles to come into view. And even at night there are warm sailing conditions and a unique atmosphere that is illuminated by the brightly sparkling starry sky.
Michael Ryking's Class 40 "Talenta" comes from Sweden. A total of seven Class 40 yachts are taking part in the RORC Caribbean 600, including Mathias Müller from Blumencrons "Red"
Peter Aschenbrenner will lead the trimaran "Paradox" - class winner 2013 - in the multihull group as skipper
In its ten-year history, this warmest of all the classic 600 nautical mile races, which also include the much older Fastnet Race and the Sydney Hobart Race, has mostly been dominated by American boats that have won the long distance six times and both the monohull and also hold the two-hull record. This year, 13 teams flying the US flag are expected at the start line. Among them are George David's "Rambler 88", George Sakellaris' "Proteus" and Peter Aschenbrenner's "Paradox", all three co-favorites in the battle for the most coveted prizes. At the same time, the organizers pointed out that "strong competition" is expected from Australia, France, Great Britain, Germany and Ireland in particular.
George David is taking part in the RORC Caribbean 600 for the sixth time with "Rambler 88"
The top favorite for the coveted "Line Honors" among the monohulls is George David's "Rambler 88", whose crew is peppered with prominent professionals. The most famous among them is three-time America's Cup winner Brad Butterworth from New Zealand. The first contender in the struggle for the Caribbean 600 trophy for the fastest IRC yacht according to the calculated time is George Salellari's "Proteus", which is heading for her historic third victory. On board is Stu Bannatyne, who has taken a break from the Volvo Ocean Race and his job with the Dongfeng Race Team. The starting shot for the RORC Caribbean 600 will be given on February 19th.
Click here to go to the event page with results and trackers from February 19th.
Local hero Ernie Evan-Wong's RP37 "TAZ" is the smallest boat in class IRC 1