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RORC Caribbean 600 18 February -27 February 2016

The Race

The Race

The RORC Caribbean 600, as the name suggests, is a 600 mile race around the Caribbean islands - although in fact it is 605 miles! The RORC Caribbean 600 starts and finishes in Antigua separated by a whistlestop tour past 14 magnificent islands, which are blessed with the stunning scenery you would associate with the Caribbean.

Whilst sailing you will see many incredible sites including the remote cliffs of Saba, the white sandy beaches of Barbuda and the twisted volcanic rock faces of Montserrat. The turquoise sea and trade winds provide exhilarating sailing conditions and whales, dolphins and turtles often join you along the way. As night falls you will race in warm breeze and exchange the sites of the day for a rich blanket of stars seen with a clarity which will take your breath away.

The RORC Caribbean 600 Race campaign starts on Monday 22nd February 2016 off Fort Charlotte, English Harbour, Antigua.  More details can be found on the RORC mini website http://caribbean600.rorc.org/.

If you fancy experiencing the stunning Caribbean on this unique journey then please Click Here to get in touch or give us a call on 01983 612800 / 07867522491

The Itinerary

The yacht will be moored in English Harbour, Antigua ready for you to join a couple of days before the start of the race to allow two training days and a day to prepare the yacht for the race. On arrival you will get to know your fellow crew members and spend some time on board familiarising yourself with her equipment and layout.

Accommodation can be onboard which is comfortable on Ocean Venture.  We will have a meal ashore that evening in a local pub or restaurant such as the Mad Mongoose which is a particular favourite of ours! We'll begin to get to know each other a little better and there is lots of excited and animated discussion of the forthcoming race as we share rum punch together.

The next day, after a full safety brief, we will head out of harbour for a full days sailing. This is your opportunitnly to not only enjoy a day on the ocean without the pressure of racing, but most importantly for us to provide lots of training in all aspects of boat handling ready for the race the following day. You will all have the opportunity to helm, trim sails, navigate etc. and the brave among you can even venture onto the foredeck. We will return to harbour for another evening ashore and a chance to discuss the days exploits.

The next day we will once again leave harbour for a short day sailing to consolidate the experiences of the previous day training. At this time we will begin to get an idea of crew roles and continue to improve our sailing. There is usually a fantastic party on this night held at the Antigua Yacht Club.

The final day  will be spent in port where we will complete the final preparations for the 600 mile Offshore Race.

Race Day. The race should take 3 days depending on weather conditions and we will soon settle into a watch system.  As the course involves many Island roundings the crew will have little time to get bored and the navigators task will be an exciting test. We will arrive back into English Harbour to wonderful celebrations and parties and enjoy the feeling of completing a tough but enjoyable offshore race!

The Itinerary
The Course

The Course

The course can be found on the official RORC Caribbean 600 notice of race page 8 which can be found here.

The course starts and finishes in Antigua and takes in the islands of Barbuda, Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Eustatius, Saba, St. Bartholomew, St. Martin, Montserrat, Guadelupe and several smaller islands.

The Yacht - Ocean Venture

Ocean Venture is an Ocean 60 cruiser /racer. Built for crossing oceans in safety and comfort as well as getting round the cans in nimble fashion as her long list of wins testify to including a 1st and 3rd in class in RIR 2012/13.

 As a Skippered yacht, it means you can come with little or no experience and be guaranteed a sailing spot or else look on and enjoy the ride from a safe deck and cockpit area. Below deck is spacious with a combined galley and large salon table to all get around, making this a great social boat as well as it being exciting to sail. Her 12 comfy berths are made up of 4 twins and 4 in the fore cabin.

Please Note: Chartering Ocean Venture directly attributes to worthwhile charitable works. The boat is used to restore meaning to lives by encouraging and re-envisioning people through life's challenges; addictive natures, marital breakdowns or a fading sense of purpose that pervades many.
The Yacht - Ocean Venture
The Crew

The Crew

The crew will be made up with people such as yourselves who are enthusiastic about sailing racing and winning - and enjoying themselves!

We do not require any previous racing experience as crew will be trained and coached in all aspects of racing a high performance yacht. Whilst we do not ask for previous racing experience it is important that any one intending to race on Ocean Venture has a reasonable level of fitness. Some of the tasks involved can be physically demanding! But don’t let this put you off because we will be working together as a team covering all aspects of sailing:-

Helming at all points of sail

Sail trim especially asymmetric spinnaker trimming

Boat speed

Teamwork

Effective boat handling techniques (upwind and downwind)

Yacht preparation

Watch systems and living aboard

Use of modern navigation and routing systems

What's included and Cost

WHATS INCLUDED

Included in the cost is 1 week charter of the yacht, food and drink onboard whilst sailing. All mooring costs, Race entry fees, Dockage charges, Water.

WHATS NOT INCLUDED

Flights, Transfers, meals and drink ashore.

COST £1,500 per person.

If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact us and we will answer any queries.

Email: info@windwardsailing.co.uk

Telephone: +447721942393 +447867522491

See you there!