Beccaria, Bona, Fornaro and Soldini on the attack in the RORC Caribbean 600


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Allagrande Pirelli by Ambrogio Beccaria

For Italian sailing it’s time for RORC Caribbean 600, 73 boats to start and start Feb. 20, the 600-mile super classic being raced in the Caribbean with start and finish in Antigua after passing as many as 15 islands. A race full of charm, running in purely Caribbean conditions with sustained trade winds and summer temperatures. An important regatta for our sailing since Giovanni Soldini with the Maserati Multi 70 and his crew will be at the start , while among the Class 40s eyes will be on Ambrogio Beccaria with Allagrande Pirelli, Alberto Bona on IBSA and Andrea Fornaro on Influence.

RORC Caribbean 600 – The Italians in the crew.

This time we will not see them solo as at Route du Rhum, but the RORC Caribbean 600 will be a crewed race. On Allagrande Pirelli Ambrogio Beccaria will be accompanied by Bernardo Zin, Kevin Bloch and Tanguy Leglatin. Instead, Bona will be with Luke Berry, Luca Bertacchi, and Spaniard Pablo Santurde del Arco. Andrea Fornaro’s crew has not yet been disclosed.

Giovanni Soldini on Maserati will instead be accompanied by Guido Broggi, Oliver Herrera Perez, Thomas Joffrin, Francesco Pedol, Alberto Riva, Matteo
, Lucas Valenza-Troubat. Maserati will have to contend with Zoulou, another Multi 70, with Loick Peyron and Erik Maris at the helm. Instead, as many as 13 Class 40s are racing.

Scenarios and Route

RORC Caribbean 600 route
The path of the RORC

In stable trade wind conditions such as these days the RORC Caribbean can be a very fast race. The trade winds around the Antigua archipelago blow steadily even during the night hours, up to 25 knots and more. Many of the sections of the regatta are upwind wide or at breakwaters, so very high speeds are expected even in the smallest boats in the fleet such as Class 40s. The most critical strategic passages will be those downwind of the islands, where boats will encounter foiled areas to cross.




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