Racing at Antigua Sailing Week continued on Saturday, April 26, with the Yachting World Round Antigua Race. Thirty-nine yachts entered the race which started in glorious conditions with 15 knots of breeze from the southeast and a moderate sea state: champagne conditions were the order of the day. The breeze piped up a good deal on the windward side of Antigua but an area of calm winds on the northwest corner of the island and a dead beat to the finish, slowed the fleet.
Antigua Round the Island Race 2014
Mike Slade's Farr 100, ICAP Leopard took line honours in an elapsed time of 5 Hours, 13 minutes and 40 seconds to win the Yachting World Trophy. 'This is the first time Leopard has competed in this race, so I am delighted that ICAP Leopard's name will be going on the trophy,' commented Mike Slade. 'The Yachting World Round Antigua Race has certain similarities to the Round the Island Race [Isle of Wight] in the Solent, which along with Antigua is one of my favourite places to sail anywhere in the world. The wind conversion zone was a crucial area, but Chris Sherlock, Hugh Agnew, Pol Hoj-Jensen and all the crew did a great job getting us through it.'
Karl Funk's Kernan 47, True, showed great pace to win both CSA 0 and CSA overall after time correction. True beat several larger yachts around the course and looks to be a force to be reckoned with at Antigua Sailing Week which starts today (Sunday). Rob Date's Australian RP52, Scarlet Runner, was runner-up in class and overall.
Ross Applebey's Oyster 48, Scarlet Oyster, was the winner of CSA 1. Scarlet Oyster has been chartered to Team Proteus and many of the crew have just completed a circumnavigation as part of the Oyster World Rally. Andy Middleton's First 47.7, Global Yacht Racing, was just 26 seconds behind after time correction.
In CSA 2, Sir Peter Harrison's Cork 1720, skippered by Marc Fitzgerald, was the victor. Team Sojana was the smallest yacht in the race and also corrected out to claim second overall.
Frers 94, Bristolian, skippered by John Burnie got away to a cracking start and the crew handled the magnificent yacht with great perfection. 'We knew that this race was not for us right from the start,' admitted John. 'The conditions did not suit Bristolian, but we have sailors of mixed experience that have been spending time on the water together and that practice is beginning to pay off. We can see the improvements each time we go out and the crew work is getting better every race and our knowledge of how to sail the boat well keeps improving. We are looking forward to Antigua Sailing Week and hope that the training we have put in will shine through.'
Prior to the prize giving for the Yachting World Round Antigua Race at Nelson's Dockyard, the America's Cup Trophy was displayed in Nelson's Dockyard and then at The Copper & Lumber Store Hotel. 'The Auld Mug' is the oldest international sporting trophy in the world, originally awarded in 1851 by the Royal Yacht Squadron for a race around the Isle of Wight. Antiguan Shannon Falcone won the cup as part of Oracle Team USA last year and arranged to bring the Trophy to Antigua at the beginning of Antigua Sailing Week.
John Maginley, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation was the guest of honour during the evening and he greeted competitors to the Official Welcome Party which featured Rico and the Foreplay Band.
Antigua Round the Island Race 2014
John Maginley, Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture welcomed crews to Antigua Sailing Week
Mike Slade and crew of ICAP Leopard collect the Line Honours Trophy for the Yachting World Round Antigua Race
Karl Funks Kernan 47, True collect the spoils for winning the Yachting World Round Antigua Race
|CSA Overall series results||Sat|
|1st||TrueUSA 60206 Kernan 47|
|2nd||Team Sojana ANT 1720 Cork 1720|
|3rd||Scarlet Runner Sm11 Reichel Pugh|
|4th||Balearia / Team Varg ESP 7396 Botin & Carkeek|
|5th||Scarlet Oyster / Team Proteus GBR 1702T Oyster Lightwave 48|
|6th||Global Yacht Racing GBR 4778R First 47.7 cr|
|7th||Shine GBR 563R Grand Soleil 56|
|8th||Frilaens III NOR 11033 Dufour 40|
|9th||Southern Child GBR 8405R Beneteau First 40|
|10th||Cheeki Rafiki / Stormforce Coaching GBR 9793T Beneteau First 40.7|
|11th||Quokka 8 GBR 2215L Grand Soleil 43|
|12th||High Tension TRI 19 Mumm 36|
|13th||Elethea 171017 First 38 - shoal draft|
|14th||Caipirinha GBR 7825T Beneteau First 40.7|
|15th||Essex Girl DEN 4321 Oyster One-Off|
|16th||Intuition GBR 9383R REFLEX 38|
|17th||ALBACOR 5 FRA 43501 Grand Soleil 39|
|18th||Sleeper GBR 486 Rob Humphryes|
|19th||Hightide ANU 150 Dehler 34 |
|20th||Hobart 20 Bavaria 42 Match|
|21th||XAR SWE 28 / NOR 9779 X-50|
|22th||Arrabbiata GER 6163 Sulfats 3200|
|23th||Spirit of Neptune - Ondeck GBR 9684T / GBR 4707R Dehler 39|
|24th||Starry Night GBR 8214L Oyster 82|
|25th||ICAP Leopard GBR 1 R FARR 100|
|26th||Monster Project RUS 1 Volvo Open 70|
|27th||Cuba Libre AUT 2002 Bruce Farr|
|28th||Hip Hop SBH 29 A 40|
|29th||Hotel California too 7016 Santa Cruz 70 CR|
|30th||Bristolian -- German Freres CNB|
|31th||Spirit of Adventure BOW 41 Volvo 60|
|=32th||Salona Racing Team BOW 60 Salona|
|=32th||Selene GBR 976R Swan|
|=32th||Adela 9824 Beneteau|
|=32th||Orff BOW 93 Harmony 42|
|=32th||Calypso H22 Humphreys|
|=32th||Allana 44 Cat Ketch|