The inaugural Antigua 360 Race took place on February 19, 2016 providing a 52 mile anticlockwise circumnavigation of Antigua. Organized by the SuperYacht Challenge committee, entry is exclusively reserved for boats entered in the 8th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 offshore classic which started on February 22. 2016.

“Many boats are usually out training on the Friday before the offshore race,” notes Stan Pearson, who conceived the Antigua 360 and is co-founder of the RORC Caribbean 600, “This new race will just add a slightly competitive edge to that training. The race around the island will offer many of the conditions and wind angles seen on the offshore course – and some of the legs are even actually part of the 600 such as the start and the finish approaches to the line – the lines used are exactly the same as the 600. Last year two multihulls, Paradox and Phaedo (the current 600 record holder), both went around Antigua as part of their 600 training and both found it highly useful in their build up to the offshore event.”