Our Governor and Janet Macan started things off for the 35th Annual BVI Spring Regatta with their yearly gala at the Governor's Mansion. Tom has sailed with David many times since coming to the BVI and has been most instrumental in helping acquire funds for the Tortola Island Sloops. Janet is a personal friend and fellow adventurer. I have truly enjoyed knowing them both during their tenure in the BVI. We all wish them well in their retirement at ther 400 year old home in Ambleside, Cumbria, UK. GOOD LUCK JANET & TOM - YOU LEAVE A TRUE VACANCY IN THE BVI !!!!
The BVI Spring Regatta is one of the largest regattas in the entire Caribbean - it is most certainly the largest in both the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands. This year we had 159 entries with more excitement than ever. As always, I am writing about it; however, this year I chose to write feature stories on the two women's teams representing the BVI. Both crews are personal friends so it was not at all difficult to find the words to describe their sailing abilities, enthusiasm and the hard work that these gals put into this 3-day event. ASA Instructor Pat Nolan leads her crew on BOOMORANG with fellow writer and America's Cup PR gal Val Doane leads SYNERGY - a WAVE TEAM (Women Against Violence Everywhere) that will represent us well in the upcoming Bermuda Race in June '06. WAY TO GO GALS !!
Surrogate daughter, Annie Westcott (above) announced her engagement to Nigel (see Annie's Birthday under the Photo Section) with good friends Karen & Chris Simpson offering congrats also !
Kay Schwartz, (below) good friend and duplicate bridge partner, went with me to the Heineken International Regatta held in Culebra, Puerto Rico. We even had Bob & Linda's dog accompany us on the trip over and back. We stayed at the new Buena Vista Resort (below) and truly enjoyed ourselves in the quaint town of Dewey - shopping and such while the guys raced. What a delightful little island Culebra is - we are definitely planning on returning.
2006 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival Kicks Off - By Linda Phillips
Tortola, British Virgin Islands, March 27, 2006- The BVI Sailing Festival - the three-day, low-pressure warm up for the BVI Spring Regatta to take place this weekend (March 30 - April 2) – officially kicked off today with registration. Throughout the day, boats filtered into the Nanny Cay Marina and began preparations for the event. Forty boats have officially entered the event and have been divided into Racing, Cruising, Bareboat A and Bareboat B classes.
In the racing class, Bill Alcott’s Equation, an Andrews 68, will be scratch boat but the competition in that class may be between a fleet of Swans including DSK Comifin, a Swan 45, Devocean, a second Swan 45, and Crescendo, Martin Jacobson’s Swan 44. Jacobson may be sporting his new Rolex watch that he just won last weekend in the St. Thomas Rolex regatta. Last year, Crescendo placed second in the Sailing Festival and Equation was third.
The Cruising class is the largest fleet with fourteen boats ranging in size from a Swan 70, Stay Calm, to a Colgate 26, Air Bisquit. The 2005 first and second place boats, Shamrock, a J 120, and Northern Child, a Swan 51, are both competing this year.
Bareboat A and B host a number of stars, including Shirley Robertson, an Olympic gold medalist who was named the International Sailing Federation’s World Sailor of the Year in 2000, and last year’s winner, Dunbar, a skipper for The Moorings in Tortola.
Tomorrow’s race course will lead the competitors from the Nanny Cay Marina, the presenting sponsor and host marina for the 35th annual BVI Spring Regatta, and take them to a mark off The Baths - one of the British Virgin Islands' most picturesque natural wonders - and then on to the North Sound leaving a group of islands known as the Dogs, Cockroach Rock, Mosquito Island and Mosquito Rock to starboard and entering North Sound via a channel through Colquhoun Reef. The finish line will be off the Bitter End Yacht Club and the Bitter End Cup will be presented that evening.
Wednesday ( March 29) is LayDay Bitter End-style so people can do just as much - or as little – as they want. That day, the third annual Nations' Challenge Cup in which teams take part on a 'first come first served basis' to represent their country will take place. The event will be sailed in the Bitter End Yacht Club's fleet of Hunter 216s. With two flights, the "B" teams will race in the morning, and the "A" teams will race in the afternoon. Four races will be sailed in each flight with the boats swapped after each race. Team USA (Los Angeles), comprised of Pyewacket crew headed by Ben Mitchell, won the inaugural event and last year it was Team Ireland.
Thursday, the boats will be racing for the Nanny Cay Cup, returning to Nanny Cay in time for registration for the main event, the 2006 BVI Spring Regatta. Registration will be open for noon to till six and the Regatta Village will officially open with the annual Mount Gay Welcome Party from 4:30 – 6:30, and entertainment throughout the evening.
The BVI Spring Regatta racing will take place March 31 – April 2 on the south side of Tortola in the Sir Francis Drake Channel on four different courses.
Visitors can fly to the British Virgin Islands through San Juan, Puerto Rico with American Airlines, Caribbean Sun and Cape Air. Flights are also available through Antigua and Barbados on Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and BWIA.
For full details on the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival including daily news, photos and complete results from the 2006 event, visit the official web site: http://www.bvispringregatta.org. Developed by Carib Data, a real time system ensures a seamless integration of the entry form, scratch sheets, and race results which are posted on the official website. Daily video coverage can be seen by visiting http://www.t2p.tv/ For more information on the British Virgin Islands visit: http://www.bvitourism.com. For more information on Nanny Cay Marina visit: http://www.nannycay.com.
The BVI Spring Regatta is presented by Nanny Cay Marina and is jointly owned by the Royal BVI Yacht Club and the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association. The BVI Tourist Board is a Platinum sponsor; The Moorings, Heineken, Mount Gay Bitter End, First Caribbean International Bank, CCT Global Communications and the Sol Group are Gold sponsors; Highland Spring Natural Mineral Water and Maui Jim Sunglasses are Silver sponsors and Fujifilm is a Bronze sponsor.
Race One of BVI Sailing Festival Starts Slow and Ends Fast
Tortola, British Virgin Islands, March 28, 2006- Day One of the BVI Sailing Festival, the low pressure warmup to the BVI Spring Regatta, started off looking like a bust. Before the start of the race, the course was shortened, sending the boats directly from Nanny Cay to Bitter End, by-passing a mark at The Baths and several islands off the north coast of Virgin Gorda. The race committee started the three classes in five knots of breeze but as the boats approached the western end of Virgin Gorda a squall rolled in kicking the winds up to approximately 20 mph.
David Brennen, Principal Race Officer for the event, remarked, “Equation crossed the finish line at the beginning of the squall line. Boats had to change gears and sails as they power reached in a driving rain into the finish line. The big boats were fun to watch.”
In the racing class, Equation took line honours finishing more than twenty six minutes in front of the next boat but it was the second boat across the line, DSK Comifin, raced by Danilo Salsi, that won the first place Bitter End Cup. Highlife, a Ker 11.3, sailed by Peter Rogers and Roger Duckworth, placed second, and Bill Alcott’s Andrews 68, Equation, placed third.
Jeroboam CA NOVA, Vittorio Codecasa’s Swan 45, placed first finishing almost two minutes ahead of last year’s first place finisher, Tom Mullen’s J 120, Shamrock. Stay Calm, a Swan 70, sailed by Stuart Robinson, took the third place spot.
There were few surprises in the Bareboat fleet with Dunbar, the 2005 big winner, sailing Andrea Betty-Lee, a Moorings 44.3, finishing first. He was followed by In Harmony, sailed by Shirley Robertson, an Olympic gold medalist who was named the International Sailing Federation’s World Sailor of the Year in 2000, and a Beneteau 52, Rob Swain Sailing School.
The big question of everybody’s mind is, “What is the weather going to do.” Today was overcast with little wind except in the squall lines. Most agree that the BVI may be in for a little more rain before the weekend but predictions differ as to how much wind the main event, the BVI Spring Regatta, March 31- April 2, will have.
Tomorrow is the official LayDay at Bitter End. The third annual Nations' Challenge Cup in which teams take part on a 'first come first served basis' to represent their country will take place. The event will be sailed in the Bitter End Yacht Club's fleet of Hunter 216s. With two flights, the "B" teams will race in the morning, and the "A" teams will race in the afternoon. Four races will be sailed in each flight with the boats swapped after each race. Team USA (Los Angeles), comprised of Pyewacket crew headed by Ben Mitchell, won the inaugural event and last year it was Team Ireland.
On Thursday, the boats will be racing for the Nanny Cay Cup, returning to Nanny Cay in time for registration for the main event, the 2006 BVI Spring Regatta. Registration will be open from noon till six and the Regatta Village will officially open with the annual Mount Gay Welcome Party from 4:30 – 6:30 and entertainment throughout the evening.
The BVI Spring Regatta racing will take place March 31 – April 2 on the south side of Tortola in the Sir Francis Drake Channel on four different courses.
BVI Spring Regatta- Day One, Light Air with Plenty of Racing
Tortola, British Virgin Islands, March 31, 2006- Wind was the word on everybody’s mind as skippers and crews aboard a record 154 yachts wondered if they would compete on the seas or retreat to a rum punch on this first day of sailing in the 35th annual BVI Spring Regatta. After a delayed start of less then an hour, the fleet took their mark in the light six to seven knots of breeze that Mother Nature blew across the three courses set in the Sir Francis Drake channel.
In Racing A, Roger Sturgeon of Massachusetts, USA, sailed his Transpac 52, Rosebud, to a first (1-3-1, 5), besting Puerto Rico’s Tom Hill, Sr., driving his sleek Reichel Pugh 75, Titan XII, (2-1-3, 6). Hill isn’t used to being in this position, yet his performance did continue to earn him a class lead in the Caribbean Big Boat Series, a three-race event that kicked off at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and concludes at Rolex Antigua Sailing Week. Daniel Meyers, Custom 60, Numbers, finished third (3-2-2, 7) in class.
Trinidad’s Tim Kimpton made Caribbean sailing history by bringing the first Melges 32 to the region, a feat he handily let fellow competitors in Racing B know about by breezing by them to a first in class (1-1-2, 4). Former owner of the Henderson 30, Crash Test Dummies, Kimpton, who changed boats but not boat names, said, “The hull and rudder are built by Soca Sails in Trinidad. Paul (Amon, owner of Soca Sails) is my good mate. I got to ride on the prototype, which was launched in December of 2004. That’s how I got introduced to the boat. It’s a new class and we first sailed it at Key West Race Week. We ended up placing third in class. Then, we just took delivery of it a week ago in St. Thomas and this is our first Caribbean regatta. Like the Henderson 30, it’s turbo-charged. In light winds it sails really well. In heavy winds, it’s a rocket ship.”
Also in Racing B, Wisconsin, USA skipper, Dave West, drove his Farr 39.5, Chippewa, to a second (2-2-1, 5), while Martin Jacobson, from Connecticut, USA, rounded out third aboard his Swan 44, Crescendo (5-5-3, 13).
James Dobbs, hailing from Antigua and sailing his Olson 30, Lost Horizon II, reveled in the light breeze and led Racing C (1-1-2, 4). St. Maarten’s Frits Bus, driving his Melges 24, Carib.natufit, was hot on Dobbs’ heels and in second by one point (2-2-1, 5). The BVI’s Guy Eldridge finished third aboard his Melges 24, Mistress Quickly (4-3-4, 11). “Its tough to beat an Olson in moderate wind conditions. Under 7 knots we’re light and can sail away and above 14 knots we can plane. But in that 8 to 14 knot range, an Olson has the advantage. Add to that the fact that Jamie Dobbs is an excellent light wind sailor.”
In Racing D, and fresh from a Rolex win, Puerto Rico’s Antonio Mari, led the fleet at the helm of his J/80, Ex Mero Motu, (3-1-3, 7). Inching up on Mari was St. Thomas’ John Foster, aboard his newly rebuilt Kirby 25, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1-7-1, 9). “We’re getting the boat more finely tuned with each regatta,” Foster said. Foster’s fellow islander, Chris Thompson, rounded out third in class aboard his J/27, J-Walker (2-2-5, 9).
Thirty-five years seems to be a charm for the BVI’s Peter Haycraft, who has raced in every Spring Regatta and who led the Racer/Cruiser class aboard his stalwart Sirena 38, Pipedream (1-1-2, 4). “We had two good starts and a not so good one on the third. Boomerang (Pat Nolan’s J/33) would have beaten us if they didn’t have a mishap in the third race,” said Pipedream crewmember, Christian Kavanagh.
Kick ‘Em Jenny, Ian Hope Ross’s Beneteau First 36S7, finished second to Pipedream in Racer/Cruiser (6-3-1, 10), while the BVI’s Cynthia Ross ended the day in third aboard her J/30, J. Doe (2-5-5, 12)
In the light air, the boats on the Norman Course were only able to sail one race today. The race committee sent them from mid channel leaving Norman Island and Flannigan to starboard and back to the finish.
Sailing in the Performance Cruising A class, Stay Calm, Stuart Robinson’s Swan 70, with Olympic sailor Ben Ainsley on board, was the big winner. Their time corrected out slightly more than two minutes faster than second place Jeroboam , an Italian Swan 45. Third place Swan 48, Avocation, finished 19 minutes corrected behind Jeroboam. Matt Abbiss, from Disco Inferno, today’s fourth place finisher, commented, “Our boat does not like light winds. Yesterday, sailing downwind from Bitter End, was brilliant. It is why you come to the Caribbean.”
In Performance Cruising B, Christopher Lloyd’s Three Harkoms, a modified Beneteau 445, finished today’s race with twelve minutes corrected to spare but due to a starting line incident, the boat was disqualified. First place in class went to Ron Noonan’s Wildflower followed by Diva, skippered by IJ, Robin Tattersol and with Pat Bailey, another IJ, working as tactician and placing third was Tony Sanpere’s Cayennita.
Unfortunately on the Norman course, Performance A and B were the only classes in which all the competitors finished before the time limit. Even with a shortened course, there were boats that were scored as DNF in the dying breeze. This led to a number of unhappy sailors but it was all put into perspective by Diana Augspurger, from Buffalo, N.Y., who said, “Yes, we suffered all day in the Caribbean sunshine on the back of this boat in Tortola but we can’t expect much sympathy from the rest of the world.” Referring to the recently built facilities located behind the hotel reception, she added, “As advertised, Nanny Cay has the best marina showers in the world.”
Although over half the class did not finish before the time limit, today’s race was won in Bareboat A by Rob Swain’s Sailing School. Team 020 was second and Cacafuego finished third. Bareboat B only had two out of ten boats that did not finish before time was called. Chess, sailed by Jan Soderberg, and who has won more regattas than we can count, won today’s race. He was followed by Tom Bartlett and Neil Harvey in Southeby’s International Realty. Southern Comfort, sailed by Harris was third.
In Jib and Main, Swan 56 Clover III, sailed by Neal Finnegan, finished the race in just a little over three hours and was scored first in class. They were followed by a CS40 TM, Elixer of Life, in second place and another Swan 56, Mensae, in third place.
The Multihull class has seven entries this year. Piglet won today’s race, second went to Mike Hirst sailing his new trimaran called Manta and Richard Wooldridge placed third with Triple Jack.
In a sad twist of fate, after scoring two bullets, Fraito Lugo on Orion (1-1-17-6) blew his near perfect day with an OCS in the third race. After four races, they are in third place. Chris Curreri, with Brand New Second Hand (2-3-12-1) is in second and the BVI’s own Robbie Hirst holds the top spot. (5-2-1-2, 10). After the day’s racing, Robbie commented, “There are still 10 races left. In this boat, racing is so close that it’s still anybody’s game.” George Lane, who is crewing for Robbie, commented, “Orion was smoking today. Being over the line early really cost them….Racing with Robbie is as good as it gets.”
There are three classes of Lasers sailing, standards, radials and 4.7’s and scores are available by class and by fleet. The top three in fleet are the first three in the standard rig. Thomas Barrows (1-3-2-1), who won the U.S. Youth Sailing Championships in Lasers last summer, is tied for the top spot with Hugo Roller (2-1-1-3). Daniel Alsop (3-4-3-2) is in third place.
In the radials, the women rule the roost. Sidney Jones (2-1-6-2), from St. Croix is in first place, Mimi Roller (3-3-5-1), is second and Emma Paull (1-5-3-3) is in third. After the day’s racing, Emma said, “It is a very competitive fleet and the kids that are moving from Optis to Laser Radials are really good at starting. The race officer did a good job with what he has been given. Hopefully tomorrow there will be more wind.” The heavier weight of some of the boys in the class worked to their disadvantage in the light winds. “The tactics are much harder, so is getting the boat speed,” said St. John’s Max Nickbarg, who ended the day in fourth place.
There are only two 4.7’s and at this point, Alex Anderson (1-1-1-1, 4) is leading Morgan Bryan(2-2-2-2, 8). “I knew it was going to be light winds, so that’s why I choose to sail a Laser. It was a first for me and it was a lot of fun. Normally, I’d sail an Optimist or sailboard”, said Alex.
Buoyed by Olympic aspirations, Puerto Rico’s Francisco Figueroa, led the beach cat class aboard his Hobie 16, Heineken (1-1-3-1, 6). “I’ve been sailing since I was four and sailing beach cats since I was thirteen,” Figueroa said. St. Croix’s Tom Ainger aboard his Inter 20, Caribbean Auto Mart, placed second (2-2-2-2-, 8), with fellow islander, Doug DeRue, on his Nacra 5.8, Wave Magnet, in third (3-3-1-3, 10).
For the second day of racing in the BVI Spring Regatta, presented by Nanny Cay, weather predictions are for a little more wind. Everyone is hoping that will be the case.
BVI Spring Regatta- Day Two- Rump Roasting Hot Describes Last Night’s Entertainment and Racing Today
Tortola, British Virgin Islands, April 1, 2006- After an intense first day of racing in the BVI Spring Regatta, hosted by Nanny Cay, crowds were entertained by the exceptionally talented Maxx Cabello Jr. and his band last night. Strumming an incredible blend of blues, rock and jazz, crowds stood in the rain to hear him play. Then out on the water today, rump roasting hot racing took place with winds of 10 – 12 knots and currents and shifts with which to content. Enjoying a little more wind today, there were few complaints heard at the bar tonight.
In Racing A, Roger Sturgeon’s Transpac 52, Rosebud (1-4-1-1-1-1, 9), holds a solid lead over second place competitor, Puerto Rico’s Tom Hill, Sr., driving his Reichel-Pugh 75, Titan XII (2-1-3-3-2-2, 13). Crewmember Malcolm Park explains why: “This boat is known for carrying a lot of sails for different wind conditions. For example, in one race today between Ginger Island and Deadman’s Chest, we peeled through three spinnakers in 5 to 6 minutes each, where Titan XII had up a jib during this same time. The spinnaker that really gained us a huge advantage – an advantage of about 1-minute – was one specially made to be sailed when the winds are coming out of a 90 to 120 degree angle.”
Sturgeon, whose homeport is Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will sail Rosebud for the last at Rolex Antigua Sailing Week. Then, he will sell the boat and come back with a new 65-footer to campaign during the 2007 season.
Rounding out third in Racing A is the USA’s Daniel Meyers’ Custom 60, Numbers (3-2-2-2-3-4, 16).
Trinidad’s Tim Kimpton held on to his lead in Racing B (1-1-2-1-2-2, 9) aboard his new Melges 32, Crash Test Dummies. The USA’s, Dave West’s Frers 39.5, Chippewa, kept its second place (2-2-1-4-3-5, 17) standing, while Italy’s Danilo Salsi driving his Frers 45, DSK Comifin, (8-3-4-3-1-1, 20), moved up to third. “The light winds yesterday were no good for us. We’re a heavy boat. It was much better today,” Salsi said.
In Racing C, Antigua’s James Dobbs, helming his Olson 30, Lost Horizon II (1-1-2-2-2-1, 9), held on to his lead by one point over St. Maarten’s Frits Bus, skippering his Melges 24, Carib.natufit (2-2-1-1-1-3, 10). “Its tough for us,” said Bus. “The Olson can sail its own race. We have to concentrate on the Olson and keeping the other Melges 24s at bay. In the third race today, the winds picked up and favored the Olson. We couldn’t catch him. It was some really close racing.”
Third in Racing C is Crewclothing.co.uk (5-5-3-3-4-2, 22), a Melges 24 skippered by the BVI’s Peter Tarn.
For the first time this season, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1-7-1-1-3.5-1, 14.5), a Kirby 25 jointly owned and recently rebuilt after a 10-year stay on the hard in weeds by St. Thomas sailors, Johnny Foster and Bill McConnell, moved into a first place class position. They lead Puerto Rico’s Tony Mari, Jr., aboard his J/80, Ex Mero Motu (3-1-3-2-3.5-6, 18.5), by four points, in Racing D. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly crewmember, Brett Johnson explained, “We’re sailing the boat really well in every position. It’s a different boat to sail than our old one, a J/27, and we’ve got one less crew, which means we have more room but have more to do as well. Our speed is coming up so much that in the second race today, we tied with Ex Mero Motu by 1 100th of a second. So, they gave us each a 3.5 score, which is the mid-point between third and fourth.”
Broken Drum (5-3-4-5-2-2, 21), St. Croix’s Jack Bishop’s, J/29, ended third in Racing D.
With 35 years of experience racing in the BVI Spring Regatta, the BVI’s Peter Haycraft retained his lead in Racer/Cruiser aboard his Sirena 38, Pipedream (1-1-2-1-2-3, 10). Kick ‘Em Jenny, owned by St. Maarten-based, Trinidadian-native, Ian Hope Ross, a Beneteau First 36S7, (6-3-1-3-1-2, 16), finished second. “I’ve been racing since I was a kid and sailed a number of boats, but this is the first time I’ve sailed in the BVI Spring Regatta. Light air is challenging and we’re trying to get our spinnaker sets and tactics down, and it seems as if it’s working.”
Boomerang (3-7-3-2-3-7, 25), a J/33, sailed by the BVI’s Pat Nolan, is third in the Racer Cruiser class.
In Performance Cruising A, a collision during the second start sequence today has put Avocation out of the series. In a port – starboard situation, Avocation t-boned Northern Child. Both boats had to retire and Avocation has withdrawn accepting responsibility for the incident. Unfortunately, damage to rig will keep Avocation off the starting line tomorrow but Northern Child is expected to be back in the game. Avocation was in third place but with today’s finishes (3-11), they now sit in fourth. Currently first in class is held by Stay Calm (1-1-1), Stuart Robinson’s Swan 70; in the second spot is Jeraboam (2-2-2) and in third place is Affinity (4-4-3)
In Performance Cruising B, after a DSQ in yesterday’s races and from the bowels of the class, Three Harkoms (12-1-1) has risen to third place after finishing first in both races today. Ron Noonan, with Wildflower (1-2-4) is currently in first place and he is followed by Odin II (5-3-2).
Racing in Performance Cruising B and currently in ninth place, Synergy, a custom Frers 49, is being crewed by a group of women who are working to raise awareness to the issue of domestic violence. Team WAVE, Women Against Violence Everywhere, is using Synergy as a platform to raise funds for leadership training for young women and to donate to groups locally that combat domestic violence. Through corporate sponsorship, plans are to race the Newport Bermuda race, taking advantage of the 100th anniversary to promote their cause. Skipper, Val Doan, and owner, Lea de Hass, are using the BVI Spring Regatta and Antigua Sailing Week as training exercises for the seasoned crew.
Sailing in Bareboat A, Gabi Romberg, sailing with Team Germany, said. “It was a great sailing day. Yesterday we felt like sausages. Today was really good. Although we have not done well, we had a lot of fun. Particularly in the light wind, everyone on the boat likes the short races.” Team Germany is currently in fourteenth place.
The leader in the Bareboat A class is Rob Swain Sailing School (1-1-3); Team 020 (2-2-2), is only one point behind and Shirley Robertson, is in third place with Inn Harmony (4-4-1).
Southeby’s International Realty (2-2-1), Neil Harvey, co-skippering with Tom Barrett, is currently in second place in Bareboat Division B. Neil was a little disappointed with the weather conditions yesterday, “Charterboats really need ten knots and above but regardless, this is a fabulous fleet with Shirley Robertson, good European teams and top sailors from the Carolinas. This is the best regatta venue (Sir Frances Drake Channel) that I know of in the world, above Hamilton Island in Australia, Sardinia, Key West and Cowes." Neil got his ten knots today.
Results in the Bareboat B class have Jan Soderberg’s Chess (1-1-2) is in the first place position and Dunbar has moved into the third place position with Andrea Betty-Lee (6-4-3).
Elixer to Life, sailing in the Jib and Main class, could not repeat their success from yesterday and slipped from the second place spot to fifth. Marco Heitz, the skipper, said the current was a factor and tomorrow plans include, “Sailing better and better tactics from the skipper.” Clover III (1-2-2) has held on to the lead in that class, Mensae (3-3-4) is now in second place and the largest boat in the group, Fenix (8,1,3), is now in third place.
Racing is exceptionally close in the Multihull fleet; the top three spots are only one point apart. Joe San Martin with Piglet (1-3-2) is tied with Mike Hirst’s Manta (4-1-1) Triple Jack (2-2-3), just one point behind, is in third place.
In the highly competitive IC24 fleet, the first and second place spots have changed hands. Brand New Second Hand (2-3-12-1-2-7-7-5-2), sailed by Chris Curreri, is now first and Robbie Hirst’s Sea Hawk (5-2-1-2-12-1-11-2-7) is second. Orion (1,1,17,6,1,10,8,1,5), a newly built IC24 from Puerto Rico, is hold’s onto third.
The leader in the Beach Cat class, Francisco Figueroa, who hopes to campaign a Tornado in the 2012 Olympics, is used to heavy winds and this morning was praying for a little more air. “15 knots is optimum conditions for us. Caribbean Auto Mart is the biggest competition and they are sailing well. I am finding the handicap racing more challenging that the one design because you don’t know how you are doing against your competitors and so you race against the clock.” Although he did not get his wish, Francisco continues to do well with Heineken (1-1-3-1-2-3-2-1-2). Caribbean Auto Mart (2-2-2-2-1-2-3-2-1) holds on to second place and Wave Magnet (3-3-1-3-3-1-1-3-3) is third.
After yesterday’s racing Thomas Barrows and Hugo Roller were tied. Hugo was reflective about his success yesterday, “Thomas is more experienced and he knows more about tactics. I won one race because he made a mistake in the course. The second I was on the right side when the wind shifted.” Today, Thomas (1-3-2-1-1-1-1-1-1) was on top of his game and is now leading Hugo (2-1-1-3-4-2-2-2-2) by 7 points. Daniel Alsop (3-4-3-2-2-5-3-3-4) is in third,
Perhaps the only person that really enjoyed the conditions yesterday was petite Laser Radial sailor, Sidney Jones from St. Croix. Before racing today, she said, “I tend to do well in light air and so I would like similar conditions today.” Looking around at her fellow competitor, she added, “A few more knots would be okay.” Today she held on to that top spot (2-1-6-2-2-1-3-3-1); Mimi Roller is not far behind in second place (3-3-5-1-1-4-2-2-4) and Tyler Rice has ousted Emma Paull for third place (4-4-2-4-3-3-5-1-2).
It’s April Fools Day and there have been just a few pranks played. Although the winds are light, Kevin Roulette, driving one of the press boats, convinced several crews that a notice had been posted this morning on the board indicating that all participants must wear a PFD’s or risk disqualification. Panic ensued as skippers made sure they had enough PFD’s for all crew members and then required that they be worn. Kevin owned and skippered the well-known Caribbean racing boat, Russian Roulette.
Day Three BVI Spring Regatta: Lots of Trophies on the Line, Lots of Boats - Over
Tortola, British Virgin Islands, April 2, 2006- It is no wonder that the place to be last night was checking the results in the Mount Gay Results Tent. Today marked the last day racing in the BVI Spring Regatta, hosted by Nanny Cay, and the last of race of the CORT series, sponsored by Heineken. The event was included in the IRC Gulf Stream Series and the Caribbean Big Boat Series. Needless to say, there were an incredible number of trophies on the line.
Each day of this regatta, conditions have improved and today, sailors (and photographers) enjoyed a picture perfect day with wonderful sunshine and 10 –12 knots of breeze.
Jump the gun starts set the tone for the last day of racing on the Cooper Island course. Of the five classes competing, there were recalls in four of the first of the day’s two races. And, in three of these cases, the premature starters were class leaders who seemed intent on making sure they held their position by jumping out ahead.
One of the most exciting gun-jumps occurred in Racing A when, seeing a favored pin end, Titan XII, Rosebud and Numbers ran out of room on the start line. This resulted in a jam up that saw Rosebud take a hit to its port bow as well as necessitated their taking a penalty turn and Titan XII having to circle back for a re-start. Protests were filed and dismissed, leaving Rosebud (1-4-1-1-1-1-2-2, 13) the class winner, with Numbers (3-2-2-2-3-4-1-1, 18) second, and Titan XII (2-1-3-3-2-2-4-3, 20) third.
Numbers now narrowly leads in the Caribbean Big Boat Series, a trio of events that kicks off with the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and concludes at Rolex Antigua Sailing Week. However, Titan XII, has tied points with Numbers. Equation is third.
In the US-IRC Gulfstream Series A, Numbers also moves into the lead with Equation second.
In Racing B, Tim Kimpton’s first time entry of his Melges 32, Crash Test Dummies (1-1-2-1-2-2-1-2, 12), proved a charm as the Trinidadian-based crew sailed to a solid lead. Chippewa (2-2-1-4-3-5-2-4, 23) ended a solid second, while DSK Comifin (8-3-4-3-1-1-DSQ-1, 30) took a third in spite of a protest and disqualification called on kinetics, or having its crew hang too far over the lifelines.
DSK Comifin, however, is enjoying the first place position in the US-IRC Gulfstream Series B, with Devocean second.
Stalwart to the winner’s circle, James Dobbs, kept his accustomed class position aboard his Olson 30, Lost Horizon II (1-1-2-2-2-1-1-1, 11), in Racing C, in spite of a few losses to Frits Bus, who kept up the pressure aboard his Melges 24, Carib.natufit (2-2-1-1-1-3-2-3, 15). The Kosa Loka (3-4-5-4-3-4-4-2, 29) crew from Puerto Rico launched into a rockin’ dock party once ashore, celebrating their third place finish.
Dobb’s performance was enough to edge a one-point lead over Guy Eldridge's, Melges 24, Mistress Quickly, to win the Spinnaker Racing A class in the Caribbean Ocean Racing Triangle (CORT) The CORT series is comprised of the St. Croix International Regatta, the Culebra Heineken Regatta and the BVI Spring Regatta, presented by Nanny Cay.
In Racing D, Johnny Foster and Bill McConnell’s newly rebuilt Kirby 25, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1-7-1-1-3.5-1-1-5, 20.5), came from behind the won. Broken Drum (5-3-4-5-2-2-8-2, 31) finished second, while St. Thomas’ Chris Thompson’s J Walker (2-2-5-8-1-5-5.5-3, 31.5), a J/27, moved into third with 17-year-old Cy Thompson at the helm.
Interestingly, the five boats competing in the Spinnaker Racing B class in CORT all tied in points for the lead. It took a tiebreaker that looked at each of the 21 races the boats sailed against each other during the threesome of regatta and calculating who beat who the most to break the tie. Even then, the boats finished only half a point apart with The Good, The Bad and The Ugly first, Sorceress second and Ex Mero Motu third.
With 35 years of experience racing every BVI Spring Regatta, Peter Haycraft aboard Pipedream (1-1-2-1-2-3-3-3, 16) won the Racer/Cruiser class. Kick ‘Em Jenny (6-3-1-3-1-2-2-1, 19) ended second, while Boomerang (3-7-3-2-3-7-1-6, 32) placed third.
Pipedream also won the C.O.R.T. Racer/Cruiser class, while Boomerang finished second and John Haracivit’s Tempest from St. Thomas in third.
Although Jeraboam (2-2-2-1) and Affinity (4-4-3-2) finally beat the Swan 70, Stay Calm (1-1-1-3), on corrected time, the final positions in the Performance Cruising class did not change. Stay Calm was first, Jeraboam second and Affinity third.
In Performance Cruising B, Christopher Lloyd’s Three Harkoms (12-1-1-1) got another bullet today but the first day’s DSQ has resulted in a third place overall finish. Ron Noonan, with Wildflower (1-2-4,2), finished first overall and Odin II (5-3-2-2) took the second place spot.
The CORT final results in the Performance Cruising class are Cayennita in first place, Shamrock in second and Three Harkoms in third.
Taking a second in today’s race, Bareboat A’s overall class winner was Rob Swain Sailing School (1-1-3-2); Team 020 (2-2-2-1) won the race today and took home the second place overall prize and the Inn Harmony team (4-4-1-3), led by double gold medalist Shirley Robertson, walked away with third.
Jan Soderberg’s Chess (1-1-2-1) proved to be nearly unbeatable, winning today’s race and the overall Bareboat Division B class. Southeby’s International Realty (2-2-1-2), Neil Harvey, co-skippering with Tom Barrett, was second in today’s race and second overall. Andrea Betty-Lee (6-4-3-5), sailed by local Moorings skipper Dunbar, retains the third place spot overall.
In the last race of the series, Neal Finnegan, sailing Clover III (1-1-2-1) easily beat his competition. The real race was for second place. Cosmic Warlord corrected finish time tied with Mensae’s. Both boats were awarded 2.5 points for today’s race. Overall, Clover III was first, Mensae (3-2-4-2.5) second and Acadia (6-6-1-4) moved into the winner’s circle as Fenix (8-1-3-10) placed tenth in class.
In his debut with Manta, Mike Hirst (4-1-1-1), ended up winning three out of his first four races in the Multihull class. Today’s finish broke the tie with Joe San Martin’s Piglet, and Manta won the overall class prize; Piglet was second (1-3-2-2) and Richard Woodridges’ Triple Jack (2-2-3-3) third.
Racing was just as competitive as ever in the IC24 fleet. At one windward mark, there was a four boat collision. With an eleventh in the first race of the day, Brand New Second Hand (2-3-12-1-2-7-7-5-2-11-4-1), sailed by Chris Curreri, lost first place in the regatta. That honour goes to Robbie Hirst and his crew on Sea Hawk (5-2-1-2-12-1-11-2-7-3-6-4). Orion (1-1-17-6-1-10-8-1-5-1-3-8) would have placed first in the regatta but an OCS on the first day dropped the boat into third place.
Brand New Second Hand was the big winner in the CORT series. Fiona, helmed by Colin Rathbun, was second and Mark Plaxton’s Intact was third.
Positions in the Beach Cat class remained unchanged between yesterday and today. Francisco Figueroa (1-1-3-1-2-3-2-1-2-1-1-2-1), sailing Heineken, held onto the top spot. Thomas Anger, Caribbean Auto Mart (2-2-2-2-1-2-3-2-1-3-2-3-2), finished in second place and Wave Magnet (3-3-1-3-3-1-1-3-3-2-3-1-3), Douglas DeReu, was third.
In the standard Laser rig, Thomas Barrows (1-3-2-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1) could not be beat today. He finished the regatta with perfect scores and took home the first place overall trophy. Hugo Roller (2-1-1-3-4-2-2-2-2-3-3-2) finished in second place and Daniel Alsop (3-4-3-2-2-5-3-3-4-2-2-3) in third.
There was exceptionally close racing in the Laser Radial class, first through third place was only two points apart. Although today may not have been Sidney Jones’ (2-1-6-2-2-1-3-3-1-4-3-4) day, this was Sidney’s regatta. After losing last year to Emma Paull of the BVI, and stating that her goal was to beat Emma, she finished off with less than perfect scores but still retained her first place position. Mimi Roller finished the regatta in second place (3-3-5-1-1-4-2-2-4-3-2-3) and Emma Paul (1,5,3,3,6,2,1,4,5,1,1,2) finishing in the top spots with a little more wind today, finished third.
Sailing Laser 4.7 rigs, Alec Anderson (1-1-1-1-2-1-1-1-4-1-3-1-1-2) bested Morgan Bryan (2-2-2-2-1-2-2-2-1-2-2-1).
There were a number of special prizes given out this evening on the Nanny Cay stage. The Tourist Board Team Award was presented to Team UK, who was assisted by none other than Olympian Shirley Robertson. Shirley must like doubles because not only is she a double gold medalist, she is expecting twins.
The Chief Minister’s Award for the Best BVI Boat was won by Robbie Hirst and his crew on Sea Hawk. Sailing in an extremely competitive fleet, he won top honours this weekend with 56 points after sailing 12 races.
The Bitter End Awards for Spirit and Enthusiam was presented to John Haracivet, Sailing his Beneteau 38, Tempest, he has for years entertained the racing fleet with his wigs, hats, blowup toys and sense of humour.
The Moorings/Sunsail Charter Cup was presented to the best bona fide bareboat charter. This year it was presented to Jan Soderberg who proved to be nearly unbeatable in Bareboat B.
The Caribbean Big Boat Series award was awarded to Numbers who currently leads the series. The overall trophy will be presented following Rolex Antigua Sailing Week.
Visitors can fly to the British Virgin Islands through San Juan, Puerto Rico with American Airlines, Caribbean Sun and Cape Air. Flights are also available through Antigua and Barbados on Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and BWIA.
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