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VIDEO: Caribbean classic

The eighth edition of the biennial Caribbean 600 started in spectacular style in Antigua on Monday as crowds watched the largest fleet in the event’s history set off on a 600-nautical-mile race around 11 islands.

The event welcomes rock-star professional sailors and weekend cruisers alike. Jonathan Russo, an avid sailor from the Northeast and a former yachting correspondent for the Shelter Island Reporter, is aboard one of the boats and will file a report about the experience for an upcoming issue of Soundings.

For now, take a look at the start, which features some of the world's fastest boats and top racing teams, along with passionate Corinthian sailors, in a 70-boat fleet.

Keep up to date at the race website,, which features blogs from the boats on the racecourse, images, video and daily race reports.

All of the yachts are fitted with a race tracker. Their progress can be followed at the website: