Will the winners in Antigua be the winners in St Barth?

by Info Mainstay Caribbean

The 14th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 took place on February 17-24, 2023. The competitors raced a circuit of 670 miles, starting and finishing in Antigua. Many of the future adversaries in the 12th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille performed admirably in this nautical challenge. Most notably the outstanding results clocked by the crew of the Mod70 Zoulou, skippered by Erik Maris, which won the Multihull Line Honors by just 11 seconds ahead of their closest competitor, before finishing third overall in compensated time for the Multihull category.


A category in which the Christian Guyader team, Guyader Savéol, came in fifth. “We are very happy with our race. There was a good battle from the beginning to the end, and this was a great way to begin the season. Our sights are now set on Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille. We won the two editions in which we participated, in 2018 and again in 2019 in the IMRR Multihull category. We hope to renew that victory again this year, even if the competition promises to be stiff!” comments the skipper of the ORC 50.

And it’s not just in the multihull class that the competition will be keen when sailing around Gustavia in April. In fact, the Volvo70, Pyewacket, with American Ben Mitchell at the helm, proved merciless as the IRC Overall winner in 2023, also sailing to victory in the Super Zero. First place in the IRC Two-Handed category went to Notre Méditerranée – Ville de Nice, the JP54 sailed by Jean-Pierre Dick, recent winner of the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe in the Rhum Mono class, who will also be a serious contender in Saint Barth. As will the crews of Pata Negra and EH01, who were among the winners in IRC 1 and then in IRC2.


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