Dave took these photos out on Racing Course A 0n Sunday - There are four separate courses for this event but he covered Racing A - Here is his brief explanation for those of you who are not into yachting. There were 159 entries in 19 classes on 4 race courses with 18 countries represented -
This course was a windward//leeward so that the start is to a pin directly up-wind a mile or two away and then back down, on a return, to where they started. These shots were taken at the leeward mark, which provides the most action. You'll see spinnakers being dropped, the mark being rounded and the boats transitioning from a downwind sail configuration to an upwind sail confiruration. On some entries this looks like a well rehearsted event and on others more like 'I've never done this before' event.
The size of the competitors range from Titan's 75 ' down to the little 22 ' J-boat. They are all given a handicap rating for their boat, much like in golf, but as you might see, the crew work is really what takes a given racer into the winners circle or into the trash pile!
On this day the wind could not have been better, 12-15 mph and the seas were quite, the temperature was mid to high 80's and no rain....what's not to like???
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR BVI WINNERS !