VIDEO: Caribbean classic

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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, http://caribbean600.rorc.org, 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: http://caribbean600.rorc.org/Tracking/2016-fleet-tracking.html.