Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Dinghy Wetsuits

BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival finale overall

by Louay Habib on 2 Apr 2012
Racing in the Sir Francis Drake Channel on the last day - BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival 2012 © Todd VanSickle / BVI Spring Regatta http://www.bvispringregatta.org
The BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival 41st anniversary edition, presented by Nanny Cay Marina, final day of racing provided shifty conditions, a southeasterly breeze of about 12-15 knots emanating from Dead Chest Island.

Today all classes raced in the Sir Francis Drake Channel outside Nanny Cay and there was a lot of traffic to contend with. Probably the most important factor was staying in clear air and spotting the shifts as they whipped over and around the chain of islands on the south side of the Channel.


Regatta Chairman, Bob Phillips has been on the water every day during the regatta and he is rightly proud of the 2012 edition: 'Above all, sailors love sailing and the BVI Spring Regatta has an excellent race area. In the present economic climate an entry of 100 boats has got to be seen as a success, especially as we have attracted larger yachts including seven Swans and the STP 65, Equation. However, the BVI Spring Regatta and Festival is not just about the big boats. This year the event celebrates its 41st year and it has always been about providing good racing for a wide variety of people on the race course and great entertainment back on the shore.'

In the Multihull Class, Peter Aschenbrenner's ballistic trimaran Paradox, was the comfortable winner. This is Peter's first regatta although he is no stranger to the BVI: 'This is my fourth trip to the BVI. It's such a spectacular place and I have to say that we have really enjoyed the regatta, largely because of the courses that we have been given, especially mixing it up with the keelboat fleet on the second day. It would be great to have some other multihulls of the same speed. The atmosphere at the regatta is excellent, we would just like a bit more competition.'


In Class 1, clear air at the start is something that Stefan Lehnert's Tripp 56, Passion 4C has been wanting throughout the regatta, but Bill Alcott's STP65, Equation has just too much speed. Although Passion 4C have started well all week, the German team was not able to hold their lane. However, two short windward leeward races today favoured Passion 4C and the German team put in a perfect performance to finish the regatta in style winning both races. Jason Putley was spotted on board Equation today, a big treat for the 13-year-old BVI bowman.

In Class 2, Peake Yacht Service, RP37, Slippery took the first race of the day to put pressure on class leader, Willem Wester's Grande Soleil 46, Antilope. The two Farr 400s pinned Antilope out on the left of the course and Slippery got away well on the favoured right side and covered Antilope from the front, effectively slowing them down. However, Antilope came back strongly in the last two races to take the class title. Blade won the battle of the Farr 400s, beating Magnitude in all three races today.

In Class 3, Richard Wesslund's J/120, El Ocaso put in another solid performance, scoring a win in the first race and two second places to clinch the class win. El Ocaso has not scored out of the top three in the nine race series. Jaime Torres' First 40, Smile and Wave has a conventional spinnaker pole and today's windward leeward racing is probably what the Puerto Ricans wanted all week. However the team will take great satisfaction is scoring two wins today. Ondeck's First 40, Lancelot II skippered by Chris (Jacko) Jackson claimed third. In the Melges 24 division, Andrea Scarabelli's Budget Marine/Gill from St.Martin held off local BVI team, Fire Water skippered by Henry Leonnig.


In Class 5, Ian Hope-Ross First 36.7, Kick 'em Jenny corrected out to win the first race of the day and two further podium finishes secured the class win for the team from St.Martin.


Kevin Rowlette's Olson 30, Rushin' Rowlette sailed extremely well today and was rewarded with two race wins but the Tortolans had to settle for second place for the class, but Kevin Rowlette was delighted to be named best BVI Boat at the regatta winning the Premier's Cup: 'It's been a lot of fun, great sailing on an interesting variety of courses and we were really in with a good chance of winning the Class, but losing a guy over the side with the spinnaker up doing 10 knots put an end to that, but we got him back on board okay. It is really an honour to be named best BVI boat as there are so many good BVI teams at this regatta.'


In Class 7, there was a dramatic change to the overnight standings. Class leader, Henry van Melle's J/46 Jent went from first overall to third. Andy Middleton's First 47.7, Global Yacht Racing scored three podium finishes to clinch second place in the class but it was a very happy Christian Reynolds on the dock after today's racing. His Swan 51, Northern Child scored two wins and a second to win the class:

'With light weather and windward leeward courses, I knew Andy (Middleton) was the biggest threat today,' admitted Reynolds. 'Jent has small headsails to reduce her rating and we thought they wouldn't go well in the light, but I have to put a lot of credit down to our crew. It was busy out there and we had to keep concentrating and pulling off the maneuvers and we knew that would put us in with a chance. Winning at this regatta is very special, it really is a lot of fun and we fully intend to fill the trophy with Mount Gay Rum tonight and celebrate long into the evening.'

In Class 8, Warren Thring's Cold Beer raised a cheer scoring their first podium finish of the regatta but Antonio Sanpere's J/36, Cayennita Grande won the first race today by a huge margin to secure the class win.

In Class 9 Jon Charlton and Claude Bonanni's Team Red Stripe won today's only race. However, Keith Smith LiGreci's Girasoli came second, which was enough to secure the class win: 'This is the first major regatta with the boat and we are absolutely delighted to win our class,' said Keith. 'Although Girasoli is new this year, the team have been sailing together for years with Bill Berardelli who passed away recently and I would like to dedicate this win to his memory, he was a great guy.'

In the IC24 Class, Frits Bus finished the 14-race series in style to clinch the overall victory with Andrew Waters', Conch-Querer second. There was an intense battle for the last podium position between Peter Houtzagers' Satisfaction and David Irwins' Grey Ghost; Satisfaction won the encounter by a single point.

In Bareboat 1, Dick Backstom's Soul Mates finished the regatta on a high winning the last race. However the class title goes to Christine Joseph's Sexy and We Know It. Tijmen van Elst's BK Grondlogistiek takes second with Soul Mates third.

In Bareboat 2, Neil Harvey's Acadia won today's race and an outstanding protest was dropped giving Acadia the overall class title. Bill Petersen and Peter Stazicker's Team Trolly Car were second overall and Rob Swain Sailing School racing Perelandra scored a third in today's race to win a close battle with Team Cape Fear and AvalonRacing, to take third place for the regatta.

In the Bareboat Class the winner of the International Yacht Club Challenge is BK Grondlogistiek representing the IJmuidenYacht Club in Holland, winning the substantial prize of a week's free charter in the BVI from Sunsail. The second prize of two round trip tickets from Cape Air goes to Avalon Racing representing the Caernarfonshire Yacht Club in Wales.

Tonight's Prizegiving will bring the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival to a close. 2,000 revelers are expected to pack out the Regatta Village at Nanny Cay with cabaret provided by Moko Jumbies striding through the beachside tents on giant stilts. Live music from Gazebo should light the blue touch paper with a set including reggae, rock and roll and rock anthems. Tonight's closing party is expected to be massive!



T Clewring AC72Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82InSunSport - NZ

Related Articles

British entries on podium as Clipper Race returns after 11 months
UK entries triumphed to take all three podium places in the toughest edition yet of the longest ocean race on the planet Thousands of spectators lined the River Thames and packed St Katharine Docks to welcome home over 250 crew, representing 44 different nationalities, many of whom have been at sea for eleven months racing between six continents in the only challenge of its kind for amateur sailors.
Posted today at 4:48 pm
CYCA Land Rover Gold Coast Race - Start video from Boatsontv
Geoff Waller of Boatsontv was on the water to capture the start of the CYCA land Rover Gold Coast Race Geoff Waller of Boatsontv was on the water to capture the start of the CYCA land Rover Gold Coast Race, which is used as a feeder for the race fleets to the popular Queensland winter regattas such as Hamilton Island Race Week. He also talks with Scallywag skipper David Witt a few days before the start of the winter classic.
Posted today at 12:17 pm
South Australians early casualties of Land Rover Sydney GC Yacht Race
The two entries representing South Australia in the 2016 Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race became early casualties The two entries representing South Australia in the 2016 Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race became early casualties after both sustained bow damage in separate incidents, joining a NSW yacht that was involved in one of those incidents, all three within the first half hour of the race.
Posted today at 9:20 am
LMAX Exchange wins the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race
LMAX Exchange was confirmed last night as winner of Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race. LMAX Exchange, skippered by Frenchman Olivier Cardin, was confirmed last night as winner of the tenth edition of the world’s longest ocean race, the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race.
Posted today at 9:03 am
CYCA Land Rover Gold Coast Race - Images of supermaxi Scallywag
Sydney photographer Michael Chittenden filed this gallery of images from the start. The supermaxi Scallywag made her ocean racing debut in the CYCA Land Rover Gold Coast Race which got underway on Sydney harbour on Saturday afternoon. After a tight start the David Witt skippered supermaxi settled into her work and began the chase with her long standing rival, Wild Oats XI.
Posted today at 7:19 am
Edgartown Race Week - Final
It was a rainy and dreary start to the day out here on Marth’s Vineyard. The racing started at 11:00. It was a rainy and dreary start to the day out here on Marth’s Vineyard. By 11:00, it became a blustery and rainy day. The racing started at 11:00 and I haven’t sailed in that much rain in a while.
Posted today at 6:20 am
Nic Douglass - On the dock and on board with the 'fat bottomed girl'
Nic Douglass, caught up with the crew of the supermaxi, Comanche, after she had completed her latest mission Adventures of a Sailor Girl, Nic Douglass, caught up with the crew of the supermaxi, Comanche, after she had completed her latest mission and had chopped 27.5hrs off the trans-Atlantic Race Record for a manually powered monohull. The last time I was waiting for Comanche to arrive after achieving a goal that they had set out to achieve was a very different scene
Posted today at 5:25 am
CYCA Land Rover Gold Coast Race - Replay coverage of the start
Replay coverage of the CYCA Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Race start Replay coverage of the CYCA Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Race start. The fleet got away to a clean start this afternoon in Sydney. The supermaxi, Wild Oats XI (Oatley family) led the 177 strong fleet through Sydney Heads, with ScallywagHK, the former Ragamuffin 100 in second place. Commentary bought to you by Bob Killick and Warwick Rooklyn.
Posted today at 4:33 am
SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Alinghi apply the pressure in Hamburg
Morgan Larson’s dominant Omani team who go into the clubhouse in first place at the half way stage of the Act. 2016 Extreme Sailing Series™ - A sunny day on the River Elbe coupled with a lively breeze saw SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Alinghi challenge Oman Air for honours on the second day of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Hamburg, but it’s Morgan Larson’s dominant Omani team who go into the clubhouse in first place at the half way stage of the Act.
Posted today at 2:55 am
Comanche sets new trans-Atlantic Record - Video of the Finish
High definition video of Comanche crossing the virtual finish line off the Lizard to set a new monohull trans-Atlantic r High definition video of Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark’s supermaxi, Comanche setting a new, provisional world record for crossing the Atlantic for a monohull, in a manually powered sailing vessel of 5 days, 14 hours, 21 minutes 25 seconds. The video was recorded on and off the boat as she crossed the virtual finish line off the Lizard, southern England.
Posted today at 1:06 am