Please select your home edition
Edition
Ancasta Ker 33 728x90

Antigua Sailing Week - A bundle of fun

by Louay Habib on 2 May 2014
Piet Vroon’s Tonnerre de Breskens 3 © Tim Wright / Photoaction.com http://www.photoaction.com
The breeze went up a notch or two for the penultimate day of Antigua Sailing Week, powering up the Caribbean swell to deliver yet more idyllic racing conditions. Assuming that there will be just one race tomorrow and with the discard kicking in after six races, some of the teams at Antigua Sailing Week will be getting ready to celebrate a class victory.

Alan Edwards is a happy man this afternoon. His Swan 65 Spirit has an unassailable lead in CSA 1. The classic S&S Swan 65 built in Finland in 1974 was sailed by the King of Sweden and Alan has owned the vintage yacht since 2010. 'We have never won a race in Spirit before, let alone a class. We will wait until tomorrow to celebrate, but we are just over the moon with this regatta and we are all having a bundle of fun!'

[Sorry, this content could not be displayed]

Piet Vroon's Dutch Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens 3 won both of today's races in CSA 0 to score a clean set of bullets for the regatta with one day to go. However, Leo van den Thillart's American Kernan 47, True pushed the Dutch flyer all the way today coming second in Race seven by 38 seconds and Race eight was even closer. Tonnerre de Breskens 3 corrected out to win the last race of the day by just two seconds!

Piet Vroon's team are assured of the class win and the 84 year-old Dutchman was a happy man dockside: 'Of course we will still race tomorrow, we have come here to race and why wouldn't you want to with such beautiful conditions. We have been racing at a number of regattas and offshore races in the Caribbean and our worst result in any race has been second, so it has been a very worthwhile exercise.'



Joining Tonnerre de Breskens 3 with a perfect scoreline are two other yachts, Irishman David Cullen's J/109, Pocket Rocket and Max Katinov's Russian Dufour 44, Cayenne. Whilst these yachts are assured of their respective class titles, several are undecided and will go to the wire tomorrow.



In CSA 2, the battle is between two British yachts, Jonty Layfield's Azuree 46, Sleeper and Ross Applebey's Oyster 48, Scarlet Oyster. Sleeper leads Scarlet Oyster by a single point and the winner of tomorrow's race will decide the outcome: 'Scarlet came second last year and the year before, so a win would be nice,' said Ross with a large slice of understatement. 'The Scarlet crew is all from other Oyster yachts, especially from Proteus. Chris Ballard has chartered the boat and we have plenty of Proteus crew on board as well as other skippers from the Oyster World Rally. Sleeper is a difficult boat to beat and tomorrow the wind is looking a bit fresh, which will probably suit them more than us, but it's all to play for.'



CSA 4 is proving especially competitive with two yachts tied for first place on points and a third yacht just a point behind. Cork 1720, Team Sojana with Marc Fitzgerald at the helm had an outstanding day, winning both races to challenge the class leaders. If there is only one race tomorrow and Team Sojana win it, then they would win the class. Ian Hope Ross' Melges 32, Kick 'em Jenny 2 placed second and third today, to draw level on points with Bernie Evan-Wong's Mumm 36, High Tension. John Gifford's Melges 24, AMCON Express is just three points off the lead and could still feature on the podium.



In CSA 6, the class winner will be decided tomorrow after two electric races today. John Cook's Bennetau 50, Tatonka won the first race of the day by just four seconds. Tom Wilson's team racing Swan 44, Selene fought back winning the second race of the day. Tatonka hold a two point lead in the series, which means Selene will need to beat Tatonka tomorrow and hope two other yachts will do the same. John Cook from South Dakota and owner of Tatonka has never been to Antigua Sailing Week before: 'This regatta has been on my bucket list for some time and it is absolutely fantastic. The team are all family and friends and we have been having excellent racing with Selene on the water and the fun ashore has been just perfect. Many congratulations to the organisers for an superb regatta.'



After racing, the daily prize giving was held on the lawn at Antigua Yacht Club, with musical entertainment supplied by Smooth Groove. Tonight, Digicel Eat Street celebrates local food and culture with Serpent and his Hit Men, Halycon Steel Pan and Drum and Dance Addicts providing entertainment into the night. Tomorrow is the last day of racing at the 47th edition of Antigua Sailing Week.

A great atmosphere after racing on the lawn of Antigua Yacht Club © Ted Martin
A great atmosphere after racing on the lawn of Antigua Yacht Club © Ted Martin
Event website
Mackay BoatsRS Sailing 660x82PredictWind.com 2014

Related Articles

FAST40+ Spring Regatta – Hitchhiker declared winner
Hosted by the RSYC, the wind gods blew too hard on the second day resulting in racing abandoned for the last day Stewart Whitehead’s Carkeek 40+ Rebellion tide on points with Hitchhiker but was second on count back.Tony Dickin's Jubilee was in impressive form, scoring three podium finishes to end the regatta just one point off the lead in third.
Posted today at 5:26 pm
Team Oman Air score big breeze win at Extreme Sailing Series
A resounding victory in the final race of the penultimate day kept Team Oman Air's dreams of second podium finish alive Phil Robertson's men proved uncatchable as they romped home to glory in the seventh and last outing of the day as Qingdao delivered a 20-knot breeze blasting through the city's stadium racecourse.
Posted today at 4:55 pm
Young guns firing in tricky penultimate day of Extreme Sailing Series
The British team, the youth wing of America's Cup challenger, went into the action at the bottom of the Act leaderboard Skipper Rob Bunce's team of talented under 24s enjoyed their most successful outing since joining the global Stadium Racing tour at the start of 2016, only missing the podium once in seven races on Fushan Bay.
Posted today at 4:34 pm
Nations' Cup – NZ wins again
52 boats from 13 Nations and a planet turned out for one of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s most colourful events Competitors set out to find blue skies and a varied breeze of five to 10 knots with Race Officer Lucy Sutro sending racers on a three-loop harbour course between the Central Club buoy off of the Wan Chai Ferry terminal then to Shau Kei Wan(SKW) and back.
Posted today at 1:04 pm
Still all to play for in Act 2 as light airs curtail racing in Qingdao
The Extreme Sailing Series™ fleet will go into the second half of Act 2 in Qingdao split by just 12 points on day two. The Extreme Sailing Series™ fleet will go into the second half of Act 2 in Qingdao split by just 12 points after super-light winds prevented racing on day two.
Posted today at 4:31 am
Thriller around Antigua - Peters and May Round Antigua Race
The Peters and May Round Antigua Race produced a spectacular match race with an unbelievable finish. The Peters and May Round Antigua Race produced a spectacular match race between two magnificent ocean greyhounds with an unbelievable finish. Sir Peter Harrison's British ketch Sojana and Jean-Paul Riviere's French sloop, Nomad IV battled it out for the 52 miles, just a few minutes apart for the duration of the race.
Posted today at 2:15 am
FAST40+ Spring Regatta - Hitchhiker comes out fighting
Hosted by Royal Southern Yacht Club, the first day of the FAST40+ Spring Regatta produced some highly competitive racing Hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, the first day of the FAST40+ Spring Regatta produced some highly competitive racing. Just a few weeks ago, Bas de Voogd's Hitchhiker was blown off its cradle and they were not sure if they would even make their debut in the class at the FAST40+ Spring Regatta, but it was the opposition that was blown away in the first two races.
Posted today at 1:51 am
Team Aqua takes control of RC44 Sotogrande Cup
With racing cancelled yesterday due to severe conditions, the fleet ventured out today in marginally improved conditions Once again the wind, although shifty, was less of an issue than the sea state, which was initially so massive that the RC44s were disappearing up to their spreaders in the troughs.
Posted on 29 Apr
Skiff success in first Hyeres World Cup finals day
Fletcher and Bithell held on tightly to the silver spot going in to the 49er finale to secure a third straight podium The French Riviera venue served up perfect conditions for the first of the event’s two medal race days, with bright sunshine and winds averaging 15 knots providing the ideal playground.
Posted on 29 Apr
All on for Team Oman Air in second half of Extreme Sailing Series
Team Oman Air have everything to play for going into the back half of the second round after racing in Qingdao Skipper Phil Robertson's men spent almost three hours poised for action as they waited for the breeze to materialise but, unlike yesterday's opener when a 15-knot wind appeared halfway through the afternoon, it wasn't to be.
Posted on 29 Apr