Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Kids range

Antigua Sailing Week - High drama on final day

by Louay Habib on 3 May 2014
David Cullen’s Irish J/109, Pocket Rocket and Beluga, Richard Klabbers’ Contest 42CS © Tim Wright / Photoaction.com http://www.photoaction.com
High drama and fantastic conditions rounded off the 47th edition of Antigua Sailing Week. Going into the last day, two yachts racing under CSA were undefeated, scoring seven straight bullets: Piet Vroon's Dutch Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens 3 and David Cullen's Irish J/109, Pocket Rocket were both vying for the prestigious overall prize, The Lord Nelson Trophy.



Several classes hung in the balance and the outcome of a whole week of racing was to be decided by seconds in CSA 2 and CSA 4. The last day of racing provided the windiest conditions of the week. Gusting up to 20 knots with an agitated sea state, the spray was flying off hulls on the south coast of Antigua and there was a 'Cinderella moment' for one of Antigua's veteran yacht racers.

When the course was announced for CSA 0, Tonnerre de Breskens 3 knew they had it all on today, a 22-mile windward leeward eight mile offshore into big waves with a beat finish! The breeze was up and so was the sea state and the bigger yachts, especially TP52, Balearia/Team Varg could plane away downwind, surfing off the Caribbean swell. Balearia/Team Varg hit the turbo button off the wind and screeched downwind away from Tonnerre de Breskens 3. Carlo Vroon, son of Tonnerre owner Piet, explains the outcome:

'We got a good start and managed to keep our time on the other yachts upwind. The crew had to work hard, hiking the boat out and we managed to be seven minutes ahead on corrected time by the top mark. We knew that we would lose out on the run and once again we played the shifts well and stayed in pressure, but our lead had been eroded for the final beat to finish. We won the race by three minutes to finish off a highly rewarding Caribbean season. We have been racing in Florida and the Caribbean since January and our worst result in any race has been second, it has been a memorable season.'



Tonnerre de Breskens 3 was the winner of CSA 0. Second overall was TP52, Balearia/Team Varg, which held off a strong challenge from Leo van den Thillart's American Kernan 47, True.

This morning, Pocket Rocket had scored a perfect seven bullets securing CSA 7, but the perfect eight was to elude the team: 'It is the first time we have really made any major errors, but we had problems hoisting our spinnaker today. If you had offered me seven first places and a second at the beginning of the week, I would have said - thank you very much! The lads' heads are down but I don't think that is right and I have a couple of bottles of champagne to cheer them up. We have had a fantastic week and congratulations to the organisers for laying on a very enjoyable and well run regatta.'

Aage Kristensen's Dufour 40, Frilaens III finished the regatta in style by winning the last race, elevating the Norwegian team to third in class. Reginald Williams' Soverel 42, Legacy was second overall. The team from Trinidad had a consistent week, scoring six podium finishes.



In CSA 2, the battle between Jonty Layfield's Azuree 46, Sleeper and Ross Applebey's Oyster 48, Scarlet Oyster was decided. Sleeper beat Scarlet Oyster today to win the class by two points, but closer analysis reveals that on corrected time, 12 seconds was the slender margin. Andy Middleton's Canadian team racing Global Yacht Racing have scored six podium finishes for the regatta and deserve their third in class.

In CSA 3, Alex Sastre's Argentinean team racing Salona Racing Team won the class yesterday. However, Jan Oleson's Essex Girl won today's race, delighting the team from Denmark. Richard Wesslund's J/122 El Ocaso and Philippe Falle's Grand Soleil 43, Quokka 8 tied on points for second overall, but El Ocaso were second in class by virtue of one more race win than Quokka 8.



CSA 4 provided the closest finish of the entire regatta. Ian Hope Ross' Melges 32 Kick 'em Jenny 2 took line honours for Race eight, but corrected out to sixth place for the race putting the team from Sint Maarten out of contention for the class title. Next to finish was Bernie Evan-Wong's Mumm 36, High Tension, which stayed in the vicinity of the finish line to see how far back the Cork 1720, Team Sojana was from their transom. About 11 minutes would be enough after time correction for High Tension to win the class. The result was too close to call, but High Tension won the race and the class by just 14 seconds:

'Amazing!' smiled Antigua dentist, Bernie Evan-Wong, when he got the news. 'This team has been racing at Caribbean regattas all season and to win the last one on home soil is just fabulous. This morning we thought we might not race at all though. Just before the start, we developed a big problem. Our chainplate was coming loose, fixing the rig to the hull. ABSAR came to our rescue, quite literally! They gave us a lift to shore to get materials to fix the problem and we set off on the race. High Tension would like to say a big thank you to ABSAR!'



In Bareboat 1, Kiev Racing Yacht Club finished off the regatta on a high by winning the last race by 34 seconds. Domas Vysniauskas' Lithuanian team racing Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44i/Sunsail, Tintamarre, crossed the finish line in a dead heat with Colman Garvey's Irish KH+P Bageal. The Lithuanian team had rather a large number of supporters out on the water and there was a lot of cheering as they crossed the finish line! Colman Garvey's team could also celebrate as the team from Ireland had won the Bareboat one Division.

Best Bareboat overall with seven straight bullets was Max Katinov's Russian Dufour 44, Cayenne. Cayenne also won Bareboat two with Pieter Crul's Let Me Go in second place and Herbert Muenzel's KH+P Sea You Later in third.

After racing, the daily prize giving was held on the lawn at the Antigua Yacht Club with Latin DJ number seven playing the tunes. Tonight the 47th edition of Antigua Sailing Week will come to a conclusion in Nelson's Dockyard with the Final Awards Ceremony and After Party with DJ Purist and the legendary Asher Otto and Itchyfeet playing live.

Related Articles

From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
The Road to Rio now 99 days short
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for many crews: 'It's 106 miles to Chicago we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.' Whoops wrong movie.
Posted on 28 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
An interview with Jake Beattie about the 2016 Race to Alaska
In 2014, Jake Beattie and a few friends envisioned the Race to Alaska. Now, it’s time this wild race’s second edition. In 2014, Jake Beattie-the executive director of the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Washington, and a few friends hatched the bold idea of a human-powered race to Ketchikan, Alaska, took flight. They decided that their human-powered race would start in Port Townsend, Washington and run to Ketchikan, by way of the inside passage between Vancouver Island and British Columbia.
Posted on 14 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
Go fast girls - 49er FX sailors Paris Henken and Helena Scutt
Paris Henken and Helena Scutt will be representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics, which will be their first Olympiad. American’s Paris Henken (20) and Helena Scutt (23) recently won a berth to represent the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the high-performance 49er FX skiff, a goal that the team has been working on for almost three years. While this is their first Games, writing them off as Olympic newbies would require ignoring their recent results and their strong teamwork.
Posted on 13 Apr
World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 9 Apr
Volvo Ocean Race appoints stadium racing pioneer as new CEO
Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Today his appointment has been confirmed.
Posted on 31 Mar
Large spectator fleet heading north for boat watching season
I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase, but it is insanely apt and hilarious all at the same time, however. I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase. It is insanely apt and hilarious, all at the same time, however. Well then, boat watching season is definitely upon us once more. The whales will soon be gathering again off the coast of Queensland to observe all manner of racing and cruising craft as they head North for a Winter in the sun.
Posted on 29 Mar
Laser creator Ian Bruce passes away (1933 - 2016)
Ian Bruce, driving force behind the Laser dinghy, sadly passed away at his daughter's home on Monday March 21 2016. Ian Bruce, driving force behind the Laser dinghy, sadly passed away at his daughter's home on Monday March 21 2016. His legacy to our sport, Canadian sailing and his beloved Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club will be praised and honoured for years to come.
Posted on 24 Mar
North Technology - Southern SparsNaiad/Oracle SupplierT Clewring One Design