The 13th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 kicked off this morning in Antigua. The fleet that was 75 boats strong with competitors representing 32 different nationalities and sailing boats ranging from 32 to 125ft. The 600-mile course will round 11 islands in the coming days, showcasing some of the best racing the Caribbean's winter circuit.
ClubSwan 125 Skorpios and VPLP/Verdier 100 Comanche are favorites for Monohull Line Honours. Both have a shot at the race record, which has stood at 37 hours, 41 minutes, and 45 seconds for four years. The two have only faced off once before, during the 2021 Rolex Middle Sea Race.
"We know Comanche is very good in big breeze. Skorpios is a new boat and we have been making some changes to increase the performance in those areas where Comanche is strong, especially downwind.” commented Skorpios skipper Fernando Echavarri. “How we play with the sails will be a very important area. Sail changes take a lot of time and each one reduces your speed, so we need to minimize the changes. To do that we choose sail combinations that are very versatile for the conditions and play with reefs and outriggers. It is super important to make the right calls at the right time."
To check in on the battle between these two maxis and the rest of the RORC Caribbean 600 fleet, click here.