Please select your home edition
Edition
PredictWind.com 2014

Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta 2013 - Winning challenger

by Trish Jenkins on 11 Feb 2013
Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta 2013 © Kevin Johnson http://www.kevinjohnsonphotography.com/
The Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta 2013 drew to a close and the young crew of Cork 1720 Digicel Challenger celebrated the final day with a victory bash at the beach on Sunday evening, 10 February, after their overall win in the Racing Division of the popular sailing event in Antigua.

'This is a great victory for us,' said helmsman Bob Green. 'The guys have worked so hard, training after school to prepare for this event.'

In the cruising division Rick Gormley and his crew on First 38 Elethea were also celebrating their win. 'I've done this event for 13 years and in fact the Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta is the reason I came to live in Antigua,' he said. 'I would put 95 percent of our success down to the crew work and five percent to the helm! The racing was very close and there are some good sailors out there so we are very pleased with our victory.'



The Multihull Class was the first to start today's racing. John Westgarth-Pratt's Ascension, a Fontain-Pajot 36 Mahé and Bill Clifton's Catana 43 Four Winds came neatly off the start line only inches apart, and enjoyed a close few legs before Four Winds finally took victory on the finish line. Their one-race 17 mile course, set to suit their size and handling, took in 13 mark roundings, taking them up to the harbour entrance of Antigua's capital, St John's for some challenging manoeuvres. 'The long legs of the course suited us really well,' said John. 'It was a great sail for us up to St John's and then we flew back with the spinnaker.'

For the other two classes, Cruising and Spinnaker, today's final programme consisted of two races with starts just outside the entrance to Jolly Harbour and a first windward leg into the shore and back to Five Islands. From there a series of windward leeward legs took the fleet northwards.



The Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta ended as it began three days ago, in perfect conditions of 12-14 knots and flat turquoise seas. Chairman of the Regatta Organising Committee, Kathy Lammers summed up the event. 'We've seen a wonderful celebration of the regatta's 20th anniversary,' she said. 'We've had excellent conditions and such great participation from a wide variety of yachts, both those based in Antigua, and others who are passing through on their voyage itineraries. We are really looking forward to the event growing further in future years.'

The racing was exceptionally close. Stephen Carson and his crew on Hightide were sniffing victory as they came bounding back from a sluggish start to the event. They added another first and second to yesterday's improving results, to end up only one point adrift of Digicel Challenger's winning score. Geoffrey Pidduck's six-metre Biwi Magic experienced a minor drama when she dragged Jolly, the first windward mark, downwind as she attempted to round. One competitor observed: 'A couple of boats are saying a very big thank you to Mr. Pidduck for moving the mark to their advantage!'

In the cruising division only three points separated second, third and forth position, Don Ward's Frolic, Festus Isaac's Chardonnay, and Robbie Ferron's Springtide respectively.



There were some heroes too. May, Charles Kenlock's Tord Sunden Folkboat, only 27-foot long, the lowest rated yacht in the fleet, retired yesterday with boom damage, but despite her absence putting her back to last place, she returned today to complete both races taking up the rear, but pulling herself up a position in the final results.

'We were very lucky with the general wind direction today which gave us the great windward leeward angles between Five Islands and Hermitage,' commented Chief Race Officer Paul Miller.

The regatta wasn't just for the keelboats. The celebration was joined by a dozen Laser Pico dinghies provided by Antigua National Sailing Academy which completed six races today close off Jolly Harbour beach. Winning all but one of Sunday's six races was 11-year old Antiguan youth sailor Rocco Falcone, who is already an emerging star at championship level. But it was the consistency of Bea Shrewsbury that took the championship. Olympic sailor Karl James was on hand during the weekend to offer some coaching advice. 'All the young sailors who took part did incredibly well' he said.



Prizes were presented by Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism, the Hon John Maginley at the closing Rum on the Beach party at Castaways Beach Bar. Competitors and guests enjoyed the music of Chicki's Hi Fi as well as the Spirited Band and enjoyed beach cricket organized by former West Indies pace bowler Kenneth Benjamin.

Alison Sly-Adams, Marketing and Sponsorship Director for the Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta and Rum Festival, described the ethos of the event. 'We are delighted with the reaction to the entire event from sailors, partygoers and sponsors,' she says. 'This was the first year of the Rum Festival and we have been able to really assess the potential of the event. Our rum sponsors have given us fantastic support with their displays and bars. The visiting public has tasted new rums and new and exciting ways of drinking them! We look forward to further developing the festival into a platform for participating rum brands to use as a showcase in 2014 and each year.'



Regatta sponsors include founding partners Jolly Harbour Marina Village, Budget Marine, Jolly Harbour Marina, Jolly Harbour Yacht Club, Jolly Harbour Merchants' Association and Jolly Harbour Homeowners' Association. The event is also supported by Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism, Seahawk Paints, Pineapple Rentals, Townhouse Megastore, Digicel, Outdoor World Yamaha and Takumi.



Thanks to the seven Rum Partners: English Harbour Rum, Clements Rum, Angostura Rum, Mount Gay Rum, Appleton Rum, El Dorado, Bacardi.

CSA Spinnaker series (Final after seven races)

1. Digicel Challenger (12 points)
2. Hightide (13 points)
3. Blue peter (18 points)
4. Biwi Magic (21 points)
5. High tension (23 points)
6. Half Moon (27 points)
7. Spirit of Neptune (47 points)
8. Windward (52 points)

Cruising Series Results (Final after seven races)

1. Elethea (9 points)
2. Frolic (14 points)
3. Chardonnay (16 points)
4. Springtide (17 points)
5. Yess (29 points)
6. Fiesta (35 points)
7. May (42 points)
8. Full Monty (42 points)

Multihull Series (Final after six races)

1. Ascension (5 points)
2. Four Winds (13 points)

Laser Pico series (Final after 10 races)

1. Bea Shrewsbury and Zante (33 points)
2. Marco and Shaquille (37 points)
3. Fuller Cowles/Diva/ Jelisa (39 points)
4. Tony Isaac (43 points)
5. Rocco Falcone (48 points)
6. Louis Bavay (51 points)
7. Peter Landsdale (56 points)
8. Joseph Nunes (65 points)
9. Mervyn Cully (72 points)
10. Canter de Jager (80 points)
11. Mark Smith (91 points)
12. Andrew and Noah Robinson (103 points)

CSA Monohull series results (Final after seven races)

1. Digicel Challenger (12 points)
2. Hightide (17 points)
3. Blue Peter (21 points)
4. Biwi Magic (26 points)
5. Elethea (27 points)
6. High Tension (29 points)
7. Half Moon (34 points)
8. Frolic (35 points)
9. Chardonnay (46 points)
10. Springtide (52 points)
11. Yess (65 points)
12. Fiesta (71 points)
13. Full Monty (81 points)
14. May (83 points)
15. Spirit of Neptune (89 pooints)
16. Windward (94 Jolly Harbour Regatta

NaiadZhik ZKG 660x82North Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

Vendée Globe– Leeuwin record for Armel, damage for Josse and Attanasio
The French skipper Sébastien Josse suffered serious damage to the port side foil of the IMOCA Edmond de Rothschild The French skipper Sébastien Josse suffered serious damage to the port side foil of the IMOCA Edmond de Rothschild when he ploughed into the trough of a big wave this morning. He had been sailing on starboard gybe contending with difficult conditions, winds of 30-35kts and big, confused seas when the incident happened, some 900 miles to the SW of Cape Leeuwin
Posted today at 6:04 pm
Vendée Globe – Damage aboard Edmond de Rothschild
Sébastien contacted his shore team to inform that he had suffered major damage to the port foil on Edmond de Rothschild. At 0930 UTC this morning (Monday), while he was sailing 600 miles west of the longitude of Cape Leeuwin, Sébastien Josse contacted his shore team to inform them that he had suffered major damage to the port foil on Edmond de Rothschild.
Posted today at 4:17 pm
Thomson passes Cape Leeuwin in the Vendée Globe
British Skipper, Alex Thomson, has reached the Cape Leeuwin off Australia in a time of 29d 01hrs 28mins The next milestone is the infamous Cape Horn, where Thomson will turn the bow north again, and point Hugo Boss towards the finish port of Les Sables d’Olonne, France. Both Thomson and French rival Armel Le Cléac'h have beaten the previous record to Cape Leeuwin set by Francois Gabart (Macif) in the 2012/2013 edition which he went on to win.
Posted today at 3:31 pm
Kiel to host 2017 Para World Sailing Championships
Kiel's announcement as the host falls less than one month after World Sailing released the Strategic Plan for 2017-2020. The Plan outlines four main priorities as well tactics to achieve the goals, ensuring World Sailing presents a strong bid to the International Paralympic Committee for re-introduction into the 2024 Paralympic Games and future editions.
Posted today at 12:29 pm
Kiel to host 2017 Para World Sailing Championships
Kiel's announcement as the host falls less than one month after World Sailing released the Strategic Plan for 2017-2020. The Plan outlines four main priorities as well tactics to achieve the goals, ensuring World Sailing presents a strong bid to the International Paralympic Committee for re-introduction into the 2024 Paralympic Games and future editions.
Posted today at 12:29 pm
Extreme Sailing Series™ adopts the Flying Phantom Series
The partnership with Series organisers OC Sport will see the Flying Phantoms take flight at many European Series Acts The partnership with Series organisers OC Sport, will see the Flying Phantoms take flight at a number of the European Series Acts, which will be staged on some of the most iconic patches of water in the world.
Posted today at 12:17 pm
Vendée Globe – Le Cleac'h chops over five days off Cape Leeuwin record
Armel Le Cleac'h has smashed the race record for the passage from Les Sables d'Olonne to Cape Leeuwin by over five days Armel Le Cleac'h should today smash the race record for the passage from Les Sables d'Olonne to Cape Leeuwin by somewhere around five and a half days.
Posted today at 11:24 am
Vendee Globe - Colman has serious fire and near-capsize + Video
New Zealand/US sailor, Conrad Colman has had to deal with a nightmare scenario, when fire broke out New Zealand/US sailor, Conrad Colman has had to deal with a nightmare scenario, when fire broke out aboard Foresight Natural Energy followed by a near-capsize after the auto-pilot lost power and crash gybed the 60fter. 'I went outside to take a reef and when I came back inside I saw black smoke and yellow flames leaping from behind the chart table. One of the solar charge controllers was burning'
Posted today at 10:50 am
America’s Cup Endeavour Junior Hobie Wave Race to be held in Bermuda
Teams from the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand and Sweden will race in Bermuda. Hobie has provided Waves for the use of school-aged kids in Bermuda, New York, Chicago, and Toulon. The kids see the America’s Cup boats and then the Hobie Wave and instantly get the connection.
Posted today at 10:08 am
Sailing World Cup - Final on 60 years to the day of Melbourne Olympics
On 5 December 1956, the Melbourne Olympic Games sailing competition drew to a close On 5 December 1956, the Melbourne Olympic Games sailing competition drew to a close with some tense final races across the five classes. Scandinavian sailors came out on top winning three of five golds and legends such as Paul Elvstrom (DEN) and Peter Mander and Jack Cropp (NZL) etched their names into the history books.
Posted today at 8:47 am