Last night at the Antigua Yacht Club, Antigua was the start of the first 600-mile race of the year – THE Caribbean 600.
The regatta is young, is only the 12th time, but quickly gained popularity. This year the race is attended 73 yachts and over 700 sailors representing 37 countries.
The specifics of this race is that the route winds between the 11th to the Caribbean Islands. Here a year ago told the Yacht Russia Igor Zaretskiy, who took part in THE Caribbean 600 a few times (he honestly admitted that he doesn’t remember – three or four times):
“Islands, among which is the race, can significantly affect the strength of the wind. This is especially manifested in Guadeloupe, skirting which, rotated 180 degrees. When approaching it from the North always wondering how best to pass on the West side (at a constant East wind) – close to shore or seaward. Here the wind can vary from 0 to 25-30 knots. Yes, and on the South side is not sweeter, coming against the wind, left Guadeloupe, Islands to the right, blowing like in the tube.
For most boats this is a very interesting and challenging race takes 4 days. After the finish, the organizers give each crew a crate of cold beer and Wadadli is asked to transfer part of remaining on Board products to the residents of the island. I do not know now, and I found the days when nearly every boat towering piles of food.”
Among the yachts came to the start – there are those in which the Russian skippers. This is Anna Michael Matarawa, Cristoforo Yury Demidov and Prime Optimus Yuri Fadeev. We wish them success – as well as our old friends on the yacht Jellyfish that represent the offshore racing Club “SeaVentus”. Forward, friends!first