On February 21 the starting gun will sound over Fort Charlotte in Antigua, signaling the start of the 2011 Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Caribbean 600 regatta. Now in its third year, the RORC Caribbean 600 has grown in popularity worldwide — 15 nations are represented in this year’s event with entries from Antigua, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Australia, Cayman Islands, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and the United States. Grabbing much of the attention will be the battle between two 100-foot maxis, Mike Slade’s Farr design ICAP Leopard (which set the monohull record in the 2009 race) and George David’s Juan Kouyoumdjuan designed Rambler 100. Other vessels sure to turn some heads on the starting line are the 152-foot schooner Windrose of Amsterdam, skippered by RORC Commodore Andrew McIrvine, Jean-Philippe Chomette’s 104-foot sloop Ocean’s Seven 2, and Peter Harrison’s 115-foot ketch Sojana. For more on the event and to track the fleet as the race unfolds visit caribbean600.rorc.org.
The Mystic Seaport museum will hold their Introduction to Half-Model Construction class on February 26, 2011. Participants in the class will see a demonstration on the basic techniques used to build half-hull models, and then go on to build their own. Throughout the day there will be discussions on techniques, materials and tools to use, and at the end of the day class members will go home with their very own half-hull model. The fee for taking part in the class is $300 ($250 for members). The size limit on the class is seven students (with a minimum size of five students) so sign up fast! www.mysticseaport.org
Credit: Northwest Passage Films
Documentary filmmaker and avid cruiser Sprague Theobald will give a video and photo presentation on his 2009 journey through the Northwest Passage aboard his Nordhavn 57, Bagan, on February 16 at the Newport Art Museum in Newport, Rhode Island. During the presentation Sprague will show selected images from his trip and discuss his transition from still photography to video. This is the first installment in what is sure to be a busy year for Sprague and the crew at the Hole in the Wall studio — there will be an upcoming book about his journey and he is currently working with CBS to produce a documentary on his trip, slated to air in the fall. www.northwestpassagefilm.com