RORC Caribbean 600

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RORC Caribbean 600

Organised by the prestigious RORC, the Royal Ocean Racing Club, in association with the Antigua Yacht Club, the RORC Caribbean 600 is one of the most prestigious international offshore sailing events. Considered among the most important testing grounds for oceanic sailors, it’s a “slalom” between the Caribbean islands which – given the many manoeuvers to be carried out, the wind shifts and only one straight stretch of 140 miles out of the total 600 – requires a high level of skill and endurance by the participants, who always race with sustained winds, thanks to the trade winds that always blow intensely during the RORC season.

For the RORC Caribbean 600 – his first crewed race aboard the Class40 IBSA – Alberto Bona has selected a very experienced crew, which includes:

  • Luke Berry, a French sailor who already owned the sister boat of the Class40 IBSA;
  • team manager Luca Bertacchi;
  • Pablo Santurde del Arco, an expert Spanish navigator who joins the team for the first regattas of the 2023 season and who has already participated in eight editions of the RORC Caribbean 600.

The 2023 edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 takes place from 20 to 24 February, and sees the participation of a wide variety of boats belonging to different classes, including Class40, V065, Maxi and IRC. On board the Class40 IBSA, Alberto Bona shares the starting line with Ambrogio Beccaria and Andrea Fornaro – his Italian “opponents”, whom he had already met during the 2022 Route du Rhum – while among the Multis he meets once again the great ocean sailor Giovanni Soldini, with his trimaran Maserati Multi 70.