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Caribbean 600 Battle Lines Drawn for Class40 Division

22nd February 2024
James McHugh’s Class40 Tquila in action in the RORC Caribbean 600
Leader of the pack - James McHugh’s Class40 Tquila in action in the RORC Caribbean 600 Credit: Tim Wright

In what is being hailed as one of the most thrilling finishes in recent memory, the RORC Caribbean 600 Class40 division is set for a nail-biting finale. At 0900 AST on Thursday, 22 February, six of the 11-strong Class40s were heading towards the final island of the race, Redonda, with just 15 miles separating them from each other.

James McHugh’s Tquila has been leading the pack, rounding Redonda and increasing their lead over their nearest rivals. LHOROne (FRA) skippered by Guillaume Pirouelle has been their closest challenger throughout the race, while Jules Bonnier’s Entrepreneurs pour la Planète (FRA) is up to third.

However, the wind speed and direction to the finish line in Antigua is very unstable, and the leading three boats are expected to face a tough challenge in the final leg. The thrilling finish has left fans and spectators alike on the edge of their seats, eagerly anticipating the final outcome.

For the final leg from Redonda to the finish line, Tquila, LHOROne, and Entrepreneurs pour la Planète are likely to make up the Class40 podium, but in what order remains to be seen. With so much at stake, the race promises to be a captivating spectacle and a testament to the skill, determination, and endurance of the participating sailors.

LHOROne (FRA) skippered by Guillaume Pirouelle Photo:Tim WrightLHOROne (FRA) skippered by Guillaume Pirouelle Photo:Tim Wright

Entrepreneurs pour la Planète Photo:Tim WrightEntrepreneurs pour la Planète Photo:Tim Wright

The current weather to the west of Antigua is a light southerly breeze. There is plenty of cloud cover, which will create areas of wind to increase velocity or to suck the wind out of the sails. The Class40 showdown is expected to be decided before sunset tonight, Thursday, 22 February. All ranking positions above are provisional.

The 11-strong Class40 division at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600 Photo: Tim WrightThe 11-strong Class40 division at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600 Photo: Tim Wright

Published in Caribbean 600, Class40

Caribbean 600 Race Live Tracker 2024

Track the progress of the 2024 Caribbean 600 Race fleet on the live tracker above 

The 15th edition of the 600-mile race organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club starts on Monday, February 19th from Antigua.

 

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RORC's Caribbean 600 Race

The 14th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 will start from Antigua on Tuesday, 14th February 2023.

The 600nm course circumnavigates 11 Caribbean Islands starting from Fort Charlotte, English Harbour, Antigua and heads north as far as St Martin and south to Guadeloupe taking in Barbuda, Nevis, St Kitts, Saba and St Barth's

PAST WINNERS: RORC CARIBBEAN 600 TROPHY - IRC OVERALL: (Best corrected time under IRC)

2020 - Tilmar Hansen, Outsider, TP52 (GER)
2019 - David and Peter Askew, Wizard, Volvo 70 (USA)
2018 - George David, Rambler 88, Maxi (USA)
2017 - Hap Fauth, Bella Mente, JV72 (USA)
2016 - George Sakellaris, Maxi 72, Proteus (USA)
2015 - Hap Fauth, JV72, Bella Mente (USA)
2014 - George Sakellaris, RP72, Shockwave (USA)
2013 - Ron O'Hanley, Privateer, Cookson 50 (USA)
2012 - Niklas Zennström's JV72, Rán (GBR)
2011 - George David, Rambler 100, JK 100 (USA)
2010 - Karl C L Kwok, Beau Geste, Farr 80 (HKG)
2009 - Adrian Lee, Lee Overlay Partners, Cookson 50 (IRL)

RACE RECORDS:

Multihull record (2019): Giovanni Soldini, Maserati, Multi 70 (ITA) - 30 hours, 49 minutes, 00 seconds
(I day 6 hrs 49 mins 0 secs)

Monohull record (2018): George David, Rambler 88, Maxi (USA) - 37 hours, 41 minutes, 45 seconds
(1 day 13 hrs 41 mins 45 secs)

At a Glance - RORC Caribbean 600 2024

The 15th anniversary edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 starts in Antigua on 19th February 2024.

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