Caribbean News Now!

About Us Contact Us

Countries/Territories

Jump to your country or territory of interest

Advertise with us

Reach our daily visitors from around the Caribbean and throughout the world. Click here for rates and placements.

Contribute

Submit news and opinion for publication

Subscribe

Click here to receive our daily regional news headlines by email.

Archives

Click here to browse our extensive archives going back to 2004

Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here.

Climate Change Watch

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. Read the latest news and information here...

Follow Caribbean News Now on Twitter
Connect with Caribbean News Now on Linkedin



News from the Caribbean:


Back To Today's News

Record entry for RORC Caribbean 600
Published on January 29, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

rorc600.jpg

By Louay Habib

ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Starting and finishing in Antigua, the RORC Caribbean 600 is an annual non-stop 600 mile yacht race around 11 Caribbean islands and some of the world's most impressive yachts will be racing. The fastest yachts will complete the race in about two days but some will take four days and nights to complete the challenge.

The sixth edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 is less than a month away and already 54 yachts have entered, eclipsing last year's total. Many of the competing yachts have already arrived in Antigua and the talk along the docks, in English Harbour and Falmouth Marina, is all about 'The 600'.

Strong local entries

St John’s dentist Bernie Evan-Wong is the only skipper to have taken part in every edition of the RORC Caribbean 600. This year, Bernie is back with a new boat and a highly talented crew. There will be six Antiguans on board the racing yacht, Quokka, which Bernie has chartered especially for the race. Bernie Evan-Wong's crew include five other Antiguans: Wayne Francis, Dana Nicholson, Jolyon Ferron, Rob Elder and Philip George.

"Back in 2009, I really didn't know what to expect from this great race," admitted Bernie. "I had never sailed an ocean race before and certainly never raced at night, but I love a challenge. It is a tough race and in my own boat, High Tension, it gets really wet on board. This year I will be racing Quokka, a Grand Soleil 43, which won its class at Antigua Sailing Week. It is a very good sea-boat and also very competitive. We will be proudly flying the Antiguan flag and we know that if we sail well we have a real chance of winning our class. To win the race overall would be just amazing but how the weather treats us will be a big factor and we can't influence that."

Evan-Wong has competed in all five editions of the RORC Caribbean 600. He was first to sign up for the 2014 race and has chartered the Grand Soleil 43, Quokka for the 6th edition

Local classic yacht takes on the challenge

Carlo Falcone's Antiguan flagged classic, Mariella is one of the largest yachts competing and the classic wooden boat is being specially modified to comply with the rules of the race. Mariella is one of the most famous yachts in Antigua and will also have a number of Antiguan crew on board.

mariella.jpg
Carlo Falcone's 79ft William Fife, Mariella was launched in 1938 and has competed in classic yacht racing on both sides of the Atlantic over the last 75 years

Besides many yachts visiting Antigua from Europe, United States and even Australia, a number of yachts from Guadeloupe will be coming to race. At least six yachts are expected including four identical Figaro IIs.

Minister's support

On Saturday 25th January, Governor General of Antigua, Dame Louise Lake-Tack, officially opened the new National Sailing Academy in English Harbour accompanied by Mervyn Richards, Minister for Sports, and John Maginley, Minister of Tourism.

"This Academy is dedicated to teaching Antiguans how to sail," commented Maginley. "We hope that this will give them the opportunity to take part in events such as the RORC Caribbean 600. Antigua and Barbuda are blessed with fantastic sailing conditions and sailors from all over the Caribbean and across the seas will be made very welcome during their stay."

The RORC Caribbean 600 starts on Monday 24th February. The magnificent yachts will be in full view from Shirley Heights and Fort Charlotte with the first start at 1100.

All of the boats have satellite trackers and their progress can be viewed online at: www.caribbean600.rorc.org
 
Reads: 2288





Click here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!



Back...

Comments:

No comments on this topic yet. Be the first one to submit a comment.

Back...

Send us your comments!  

Send us your comments on this article. All fields are required.

For your contribution to reach us, you must (a) provide a valid e-mail address and (b) click on the validation link that will be sent to the e-mail address you provide.  If the address is not valid or you don't click on the validation link, we will never see it!

Your Name:

Your Email:

(Validation required)

Comments:
Enter Code



Please note that, if you are using an AT&T domain email address, e.g. att.net, bellsouth.net, sbcglobal.net, the verification email will likely not be delivered. This is outside of our control and the only remedy seems to be for readers to complain to AT&T





Disclaimer
User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment author and are not representative of Caribbean News Now or its staff. Caribbean News Now accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Caribbean News Now reserves the right to remove, edit or censor any comments. Any content that is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will not be approved.
Before posting, please refer to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The Caribbean Writer 2014


Other Headlines:



Regional Sports: