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Caribbean Winter Circuit back with a bang

by Caribbean Sailing Association 19 Aug 2022 07:40 PDT

The Caribbean Winter Circuit starts in January and offers great racing throughout the region every month up until early May. Now is the perfect time to plan which islands and regattas you are looking to participate in!

Each island has its own unique regatta, offering competitive racing using the CSA Rating Rule as the handicap system and/or one design ratings where appropriate. The events are scheduled to allow competitors, officials, spectators and media to sail from one event to the next and race as many events as they'd like to through the season.

Regatta organisers are working to tailor courses to make the racing for each class as great as it can be. Its easy to deliver exciting racing with our near perfect conditions; warm waters, big seas and consistent tradewinds.

For 2022: the RORC Transatlantic Race has moved to a post New Year date to allow crews to spend time with families over the holidays before heading off to Lanzarote for the race starts and closing the gap between the end of the race and the start of the RORC Caribbean 600. The Antigua to Bermuda Race is back on the calendar right after Antigua Sailing Week and open to all classes. the Windward 500 will celebrate its 3rd edition and give boats looking for a second Caribbean offshore circular race a great option.

CSA President Michele Korteweg says "For those people not bringing their own boats, a strong race charter fleet and bareboats are available at most events and allow sailors to fly in, race, party, and fly home without the responsibility and logistics of moving the boat from island to island."

For owners wishing to bring their boat out to the region there is the option of joining and rally or race, or shipping with a number of companies with scheduled pick-ups and drop-offs.

Aside from the selected events on the 5-year calendar, there are many additional one day regattas to enjoy through the islands. The full schedule can be found online at caribbean-sailing.com/calendar.

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