Photos: 2014 Caribbean 600

Spectacular shots from the 2014 RORC Caribbean 600

"That is what ocean racing should be all about," commented Shockwave tactician, Robbie Doyle in a press release. "Beautiful racing between three very tough competitors, all fighting it out the whole way. A heavy-weight battle without a doubt - no question. I have had great moments in sail boats, but that was as much fun as I can remember. For 600 miles we were always in touch with each other, either up a few minutes or down a few minutes, and it all came down to the last beat to finish. It was like an epic tennis match. Every sail change was race critical. Bella Mente is a magic bullet when power reaching; we knew that before the start, so we set about minimising the time lost."

EH01 Caribbean 600
EH01 at RORC Caribbean 600
EH01 chases the sunTim Wright/photoaction.com
Shockwave at RORC Caribbean 600
Shockwave at RORC Caribbean 600
"I have a great crew and it was an excellent race, lots of wind and the racing was very close," commented Shockwave's owner/driver George Sakellaris, shortly after finishing the race.Tim Wright/photoaction.com
Rambler 90 at RORC Caribbean 600
Rambler 90 at RORC Caribbean 600
Class 0 start, with Rambler 90 to windward. George David was philosophical about the performance of Rambler in a press release. "Just look at the difference in hull shape between Rambler and the Mini Maxis. Rambler is now 12 years old and we haven't sailed the boat since September. Rambler has been a great boat, but we were well beaten on handicap in this race."Tim Wright/photoaction.com
Bella Mente at RORC Caribbean 600
Bella Mente at RORC Caribbean 600
The Judel-Vrolijk mini maxi Bella Mente. "Oh yeah, we had lots of funky wind and, you know, all kinds of stuff: a lot of storms, a lot of thunder cells going through, crazy shifts," commented Hap Fauth dockside. "We got caught under a couple of thunder cells and sat for 45 minutes, if you can believe that, until the breeze came back in."Tim Wright/photoaction.com
Ramber 90 at RORC Caribbean 600
Ramber 90 at RORC Caribbean 600
Rambler 90 with Bella Mente and Shockwave in the backgroundTim Wright/photoaction.com
Dorade at RORC Caribbean 600
Dorade at RORC Caribbean 600
The classic DoradeTim Wright/photoaction.com
Adela at RORC Caribbean 600
Adela at RORC Caribbean 600
AdelaTim Wright/photoaction.com
Athos at RORC Caribbean 600
Athos at RORC Caribbean 600
Athos, with Adela in the backgroundTim Wright/photoaction.com
Nefertiti at RORC Caribbean 600
Nefertiti at RORC Caribbean 600
NefertitiTim Wright/photoaction.com
Privateer at RORC Caribbean 600
Privateer at RORC Caribbean 600
PrivateerTim Wright/photoaction.com
Bristolian at RORC Caribbean 600
Bristolian at RORC Caribbean 600
Bristolian, with Nefertiti in backgroundTim Wright/photoaction.com
Hound at RORC Caribbean 600
Hound at RORC Caribbean 600
HoundTim Wright/photoaction.com
Tales II at RORC Caribbean 600
Tales II at RORC Caribbean 600
Tales IITim Wright/photoaction.com
Johnny Be Good at RORC Caribbean 600
Johnny Be Good at RORC Caribbean 600
Johnny Be Good (Dauphin Telecom)Tim Wright/photoaction.com
Figaros at RORC Caribbean 600
Figaros at RORC Caribbean 600
Figaros Bandit Machot/Urga BurgaTim Wright/photoaction.com