CARibbean 600 in antigua
February 19 - february 27
$2,000 donation / person
The ultimate adventure
The Caribbean 600 is one of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biggest regattas of the year. It's a semi-professional event that brings together some of the world's best sailors and fastest super yachts. Unlike the Heineken Cup and the BVI Spring regatta, this is a more serious, competitive event. The race is a 600-nautical mile, non-stop sprint around a set of islands and buoys north and south of Antigua. We expect to be offshore for 4 of the 8 days of this trip.
The Race Course
The Caribbean 600 start line is set just outside of English Harbour and then takes the fleet north towards Barbuda before a sharp turn southwest to the southern tip of Saint Kitts, back north towards the southern side of Anguilla, and then all the way back south past Antigua to the southern end of Guadeloupe, where we round up and head north past Antigua again and south west to a buoy before making our final tack back into English Harbour.
Learn more about the race via the Caribbean 600 Regatta website:
Defy the Odds will be led by Skipper Michael Long and three graduates of SailFuture's alternative incarceration program. We have five remaining spots for novices and first-timers. If you have only sailed a few times, or this is your first time in a race, that's okay - we'll be here to teach you.
Sailing with our program graduates is sure to be one of the highlights of your life. These young men are leading impressive lives and have amazing stories to share from their personal journey.
SV 'Defy the Odds,' is a sleek and fast 65' racing vessel. We don't have the fastest hull speed in the fleet, but with a lower rating than most of our competitors, we can finish with a very competitive corrected time.
Have no idea what that means? We'll give you a crash course on how boats are rated via email before you come on board.
Day 1 (2/19): Guest arrival, introduction to the boat, team dinner
Day 2 (2/20): Practice Run + Welcome Party at Antigua Yacht club beginning at 1830
Day 3 (2/21): Practice Run
Day 4 (2/22): Start Caribbean 600 at 1050 hours
After departing English Harbour on the morning of the 22nd, we will be at sailing 24 hours a day for the next four days. We will work in (3) crews of four and rotate through four-hour shifts.
Day 8 (2/26): Prize Giving and Awards Ceremony at Antigua Yacht Club beginning at 1900 hours
We plan to finish the Caribbean 600 course early in the morning on the 26th. We'll tidy up the boat back at the dock, take showers, and sneak in a nap before the Prize Giving and Awards Ceremony at 7pm that evening.
Day 9 (2/27): Depart boat before 1200 hours for flights home from Antigua
Cost: $2,000 donation per person, includes race entry fees, marina costs, food, and beverages
Crew spaces remaining: 5/10
Airport: Antigua (ANU)
Marina: Nelsons Dockyard Marina, English Harbour