Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik ZKG

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Cheers on the dock

by Louay Habib on 23 Apr 2014
Mary Rose - Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2014 © Tim Wright / Photoaction.com http://www.photoaction.com
Competition at the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, sponsored by Panerai came to a conclusion today with the Windward Course, a reaching start with a tricky reverse triangle and a reach finish. The breeze was still in but had moderated enough to allow shifts to make a big impact on performance. Several classes were decided on the last day of racing. The magnificent fleet cast off lines and headed out to the race track for the last time until next year!

In Vintage Class A, Carlo Falcone’s Alfred Mylne designed Ketch, Mariella won the last race of the regatta to take the class title by just one point from Scott Franz’s Herreshoff 72, Ticonderoga. Trygve Bratz’s Vinzenzo Baglietto 88, Sincerity suffered a torn mainsail, which put them out of the running for the class but still came third overall.

Gerald Rainer, describes himself as the ‘caretaker’ of the stunning 65' Herreschoff Mary Rose, the boat is lovingly maintained and crewed by a happy lot. There was a lot of singing dockside from the crew, as they celebrated winning the last race and Vintage Class B.

'We come here every year because of the friends and the singing. It is the best atmosphere in the world,' smiled Gerald Rainer. 'People come from all over the world because this is a very special regatta. The racing this year has been exceptional, take today, we raced for three hours and kept meeting with Ticonderoga and Juno at marks, we were cheering each other on, all the way around the course and at the finish we were just a few seconds apart. Classics is a truly amazing regatta.'

In Vintage Class C, Michael Jarrald’s British 66' Cutter, Lily Maid has had an outstanding regatta, winning all four races. Robert Soros’ American Nat Benjamin 65, Juno also claimed a perfect set of results, as did Eleda, Ross Gannon’s family boat which was co-designed by Antonio Salguero. The duel between Stormvogel and Whitehawk was decided on the last race. Ralph Isham’s Bruce King 105' Ketch, Whitehawk took the gun and the prize in the last race.


Jamie Hilton, part of the afterguard on Whitehawk, which included Robbie Doyle on tactics, spoke about the regatta. 'Ralph Isham and a group of friends from Mill Reef YC sail the 12 Metre Courageous together, we raced on Lone Fox in 2012 and Bolero last year. Joe Dockery the owner of Whitehawk let us race his boat this year and we thought it would be a nice boat and it turns out that she is fantastic. The regatta has a lot of reaching legs, which Whitehawk is well suited for. We had a really good battle with Stormvogel, that crew sailed a great regatta. It seemed as though they liked the upwind legs and with just a bit more upwind work and I think things would have tipped their way. The last beat today, we were barely hanging on, we sailed all the way into Shirley Heights, nearly touching the bow on the cliffs to avoid three tacks and I think that was a regatta saver, right there. Thank you very much to the organisers of Classics, it is an excellent regatta.'

The Carriacou Sloops racing at Classics are a comical crowd, splashing rum on the tiller before racing and plenty of good natured put downs are all part of the fun before racing. 'Take a good look at our transom Exodus, this is the last time you are gonna see it today!' shouted Sean Davis from Genesis, as the boats left the dock. 'Davis wasn’t far wrong either, after a cracking start, which saw Exodus take the lead, Genesis and Summer Cloud showed their speed upwind to pass Exodus. Exodus fought back launching their spinnaker and staysail with the crew hiking out hard, it was a wet ride on board but a thrilling one. Andrew Robinson’s Summer Cloud took the win today and second overall for the regatta behind Alexis Andrews’ Genesis. Exodus competing in the first regatta since a major refit was third overall.


Rob Fabre, skipper of Exodus was downing a beer with the Carriacou clan dockside after the race and talked about the experience. 'Oh man the atmosphere in the Carriacous is magic, plenty of good banter, lots of laughs and close racing. Well done to Summer Cloud today, they sailed a great race and deserved the win and well done to Genesis, they are the sloop to beat at the moment, she is a really quick boat that Alexis and his crew have worked up really well. Over the last four days, we learnt a lot about Exodus. It is all about time on the water and I was surprised that we didn’t point as well as I would have liked but we will change a few bits and bobs and just get out and sail her loads, there is plenty of speed to find and we will have a lot of fun finding it.'

No doubt there will be plenty of refreshments consumed by the hundreds of sailors tonight both at the Antigua Yacht Club and in Nelson’s Dockyard, which is providing complimentary berthing for competing yachts. Tomorrow the racing does continue with the traditional Gig Racing and Cream Tea Party hosted by The Admiral’s Inn, followed by the official Prize Giving Ceremony at the Copper and Lumber Antigua Classics webite

Schaefer 2016 Ratchet 300x250Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best EyewearNorth Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

America's Cup - Arbitration Panel Hearing over Kiwi Qualifier for July
ACEA CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. In a yet to be published interview in Sail-World, America’s Cup Events Authority CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. This is the first official indication that the three person Arbitration Panel had even been formed, however Sail-World’s sources indicated that it had been empanelled since last January, possibly earlier.
Posted on 27 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 2
Yachting NZ's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is unprecedented Yachting New Zealand's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is without precedent. Subject to Appeal, the Kiwis have signaled that they will reject 30% of the positions gained in the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Santander in 2014.
Posted on 22 May
Gladwell's Line - World Sailing changes tack after IOC windshift
Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick. Every blow well earned over issues such as the pollution at Rio, the Israeli exclusion abomination plus a few more. But now World Sailing is getting it right.
Posted on 21 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 1
Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving its goals Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving goals set in the Olympic Commission report of 2010. Around 64 countries are expected to be represented in Rio de Janeiro in August. That is a slight increase on Qingdao and Weymouth, but more importantly a full regional qualification system is now in place
Posted on 19 May
Taming the beast-a conversation with Stuart Meurer of Parker Hannifin
While AC72 cats were fast, they difficult to control, so Oracle partnered with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way. If you watched videos of the AC72s racing in the 34th America’s Cup (2013), you’re familiar with the mind-boggling speeds that are possible when wingsail-powered catamarans switch from displacement sailing to foiling mode. While foiling is fast, there’s no disguising the platform’s inherent instability. Now, Oracle Team USA has teamed up with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way.
Posted on 18 May
From foiling Moths to Olympic starting lines-a Q&A with Bora Gulari
Bora Gulari’s is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class, along with teammate Louisa Chafee. Bora Gulari (USA) has made a strong name for himself within high-performance sailing circles, with wins at the 2009 and 2013 Moth Worlds. In between, he broke the 30-knort barrier and was the 2009 US SAILING Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. His latest challenge is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class as skipper, along with his teammate Louisa Chafee.
Posted on 12 May
Concern for Zika at Rio Olympics is now deadly serious
Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, or the Rio Olympics. Many others have, and they were apt, but things have changed. So here now we have a situation where one man, Associate Professor Amir Attaran, who does have a more than decent string of letters after his name, is bringing nearly as many facts to bear as references at the article's end
Posted on 12 May
Zhik - The brand born of a notion, not its history
here is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline is officially marketed as Made For Water There is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline has been officially marketed as Made For Water, and this is precisely what the company has done for the last eight years before the succinct and apt strapline came from out of R&D and into mainstream visibility.
Posted on 8 May
Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr