A spectacular fleet of 75 boats, ranging from 32ft (10m) to 125ft (38.07m) will take the start of the 13th edition of the 600 nautical mile Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Caribbean 600 on Monday 21 February 2022.
Teams from all around the globe are arriving in Antigua and represent over 32 different nations. For those lucky enough to be in the Caribbean, the start of this classic 600-miler can be viewed from Fort Charlotte, high above Antigua’s Pillars of Hercules and also from Shirley Heights.
RORC Caribbean 600 start times:
Monday 21st February 2022
First warning signal: 10:50 local time Antigua
Start sequence: IRC One, IRC Two, CSA only – 11:00
IRC Zero – 11:10
IRC Super Zero – 11:20
MOCRA – 11:30
Start from Fort Charlotte, Antigua
Race fans and spectators can keep up-to-date with the 600nm race via the race website and social media. You can track the fleet and follow all the updates as the race unfolds.
To follow the RORC Caribbean 600 visit the Royal Ocean Racing Club on social media and via the dedicated race website: https://caribbean600.rorc.org/ All yachts will be fitted with a race tracker: https://caribbean600.rorc.org/Tracking/2022-fleet-tracking.html and armchair sailors can take part on Virtual Regatta.
Where to view the start:
Yachts will be starting south of Fort Charlotte, Antigua on Monday 21 February. You can get a wonderful view from Fort Charlotte or Shirley Heights. The starting line is formed between an orange triangle on Fort Charlotte and an orange cylindrical Outer Distance Mark approximately 0.50nm south of Fort Charlotte. The Race Committee may adjust this position with reference to the wind direction on the day of the start. Fort Charlotte is at the eastern entrance to English Harbour above the Pillars of Hercules and below Shirley Heights.
There’s also a chance to catch a glimpse of the boats leaving Falmouth Harbour from Pigeon Beach and the boats leaving English Harbour from Galleon Beach from 0930 onwards. Boats will be gathering in the start area from around 1000, so get there early to get the best view.
From the water:
For those wishing to watch the race from the water, please note that there will be an exclusion zone around the starting area effective from 1030 to 1200. The safety of spectator vessels and competitors is paramount and therefore Marshal Boats displaying a white flag with a red ‘M’ will be policing the exclusion zone.
Social media: We will be active on all our social media channels so follow us:
Join the Virtual Regatta: http://click.virtualregatta.com/?li=4865
If you’re not on the start line in Antigua, join the virtual race. Be prepared for some sleepless nights – it’s addictive!
For the entries, see: https://caribbean600.rorc.org/Table/Entries/Entries/