Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Kids range

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta day 2 big breeze

by Michele Korteweg on 4 Mar 2012
Day two of the 2012 Heineken Regatta got underway in 20 knots of wind out of the East. Perfect Caribbean sailing conditions. St. Maarten Heineken Regatta http://www.heinekenregatta.com
On day 2 of the 32nd annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta easterly tradewinds continued to rake the waters off the island of St. Maarten. Big breeze and boisterous seas played the central role with the solid winds, gusting to 25 knots or more over certain portions of the racecourse, proving to be both a blessing and a curse.

On the one hand, the solid air pressure provided sporty, challenging, and ideal sailing conditions for the traditional Day 2 race to Marigot, on the island’s French side, for most of the competitors in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta fleet. That was the plus side. However, the steady breezes also extracted a heavy toll, forcing the race committee to abandon a race that was well underway after one of the course marks drifted away, and also causing one of the fleet’s marquee competitors, the Transpac 65, Equation, to retire from not only the day’s racing, but also the remainder of the regatta, with rig damage.

First, the abandonment: On the Division A circle for the Multihull 1 and CSA 1-6 classes, race officer David Campbell-James designated separate courses for the larger and smaller divisions in his fleet. The Multihull 1 and CSA 1 and 2 divisions would sail point-to-point offshore contests on a counter-clockwise course around the islands. All three classes began their races on time and without incident.

For CSA 3-6, the plan was to sail two races on Saturday, the first a windward-leeward affair along the island’s southern shores, and afterwards, a point-to-point race from Simpson Bay. The four starts for the windward-leeward race again began faultlessly. However, on the second and final lap around the buoys, Campbell-James hailed the fleet via VHF radio to inform them that the race was abandoned.

'Unfortunately, the leeward mark decided it wanted to visit Anguilla,' said Campbell-James. 'I think the wind got up a bit and unfortunately the chain was short. I’d rather lose the race than have a set of Mickey Mouse results. So we abandoned the race and started those four classes on to Marigot.'

During the lull in the action, Bill Alcott’s 65-foot Equation—the winner of the 2007 Sydney-Hobart Race, when she was called Rosebud—radioed the race committee to inform then they were retiring from the race due to unspecified damage. Later, as the boat waited for the bridge to the Simpson Bay Lagoon to open, when asked what happened an Equation crewman said, 'We just came off a wave…' and then pointed to the second spreader of the triple-spreader rig, which had sheared off some six inches inboard of the shrouds. As the boat can’t be repaired in time for Sunday’s final day of racing, in CSA 1, Equation is out of the equation.

When racing resumed for CSA 3-6, the action on the race to Marigot was fast and furious. After a short windward leg, the racers turned downwind and set spinnakers for a run to the island’s western point before tacking to a set of marks in the Anguilla Channel. Not every boat managed the maneuver successfully. One of the boats, the Melges 24, Budget Marine/Gill, took off like the proverbial scalded cat after hoisting their kite. But when one crewman shouted, 'Ease, ease, ease!' as a puff came rolling down the course the boat rounded up and a spectacular wipeout ensued. On a day when several protests were lodged throughout the fleet, it was one of many memorable close calls.

On the B Circle, for the CSA 7, Bareboat, Multihull 2, and Lottery Class divisions, the entire fleet sailed a single race from a starting line off Simpson Bay, around a set of buoys in the Anguilla Channel, with a finish off the alluring French town of Marigot.

'As on Friday,' said Campbell-James, 'the sailing conditions were absolutely fantastic.'

With two days down and one to go, the cream is rising to the top in each of the event’s fifteen respective classes. The following list of provisional winners was incomplete at press time, as protests were pending in several classes, including CSA 6, and Bareboat 2 and 6. For the latest results, visit www.heinekenregatta.com.

In CSA 1, with Equation’s retirement, the door opened wide for Ernesto Cortina’s Volvo 70 Gran Jotiti (ex-Telofonica Negro), and the crew of the Farr-designed 70-footer, which contains many America’s Cup and round-the-world race veterans, took full advantage of the opportunity, winning Saturday’s race to take the lead in the four-boat class. In CSA 2, Bill and Carolyn Titus’s Swan 100, Virago, was the victor for the second straight day.

After recovering from their 'crash' early in the race to Marigot, in CSA 3, Andrea Scarabelli’s Budget Marine/Gill recovered nicely to win today’s race, which puts the boat in a tie for first with another Melges 24, Frits Bus and Peter Houtzager’s Coors Light, which won on Friday. With three points apiece, the scene is set for a possible winner-take-all match race on the third and final day of racing.

Today’s winner in CSA 4 was Jordan Mindich’s J/125, Aunt Jessie. However, with a third today, to go along with a first yesterday, Richard Wesslund’s J/120, El Ocaso, retained a comfortable lead atop the standings. So, too, did local legend Bobby Velasquez aboard his Beneteau 45, L’Esperance, who added today’s victory to yesterday’s second to hold his lock on the leader board in CSA 5.

As in CSA 3, 'Showdown Sunday' will pit very two different designs that were locked in a tie for first in CSA 7 on Saturday, Matt Brooks’s classic S&S yawl Dorade (with a first and a third) and Colin Percy’s Nonsuch 33, Antares (with a third and a first).

In Multihull 1, with their second win today in as many races, Peter Aschenbrenner’s Irens 63 trimaran, Paradox, maintains solid control of the class. Today’s winner in Multihull 2 was Robbie Ferron’s interestingly named Lagoon, Team Organizational Reconstruction. With a second today, however, Dave Nelson’s Catana 471, Pas de Deux, remains the class leader. In the Lottery Class, today’s winner was John Wolff’s Dufour 30 Classic, Turquoise.

In the Bareboat classes, winners included Frederick Walters’ Team Kincsem (Bareboat 1), Marieke Poulie’s all-women-crew Something Hot (Bareboat 3); Jan Soderberg’s Oyster (Bareboat 4); and Tim Goebel’s and Neil Harvey’s Chillin’ The Most (Bareboat 5).

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
NaiadAncasta Ker 40+ 660x82PredictWind.com 2014

Related Articles

Vendee Globe - Rich Wilson closing the finish line, due after midday
Rich Wilson is at just over 50 miles to the finish line of his second Vendée Globe and was making just over eight knots Rich Wilson is at just over 50 miles to the finish line of his second Vendée Globe and was making just over eight knots in a direct course for Les Sables d'Olonne. He should cross the line in 13th place in the early afternoon and has until 1530hrs local time to get into the channel.
Posted today at 7:40 am
An awe inspiring start to the RORC Caribbean 600
The ninth edition started in magnificent conditions with the largest ever offshore fleet assembled in the Caribbean The ninth edition started in magnificent conditions with the largest ever offshore fleet assembled in the Caribbean enjoying sparkling conditions. A southeasterly breeze, occasionally gusting up to 15 knots and a relatively calm sea state provided conditions for the perfect start with some close battles on the water.
Posted on 20 Feb
Maserati Multi70 trimaran starts RORC Caribbean 600 Race in Antigua
High-tech ocean racing trimaran Maserati Multi70 skippered by Giovanni Soldini crossed the start line off Fort Charlotte The high-tech Italian ocean racing trimaran, Maserati Multi70, skippered by Giovanni Soldini crossed the start line off Fort Charlotte on the south side of the island in 10-knot westerly breeze at 11.40 local time (15.40 in Europe).
Posted on 20 Feb
Vendée Globe – Alan Roura in his own words
Alan Roura, the youngest skipper ever to compete, finished in Les Sables d'Olonne this morning in twelfth place. Alan Roura, the youngest skipper ever to compete, finished in Les Sables d'Olonne this morning in twelfth place. In spite of not sleeping for four days because of the shipping in the Bay of Biscay and the light winds, he was ready to answer questions from the many journalists present on the pontoon an at a press conference.
Posted on 20 Feb
Phaedo^3 starts RORC Caribbean 600 – images by Rachel Fallon-Langdon
Phaedo^3 stars the RORC Caribbean 600 with close competition Maserati by their side Phaedo^3 stars the RORC Caribbean 600 with close competition Maserati by their side
Posted on 20 Feb
Phaedo^3 starts RORC C600 with Maserati by their side
In what is to be predicted and lighter wind race that the norm, Phaedo^3 stated at 11.40am local Antigua time. In what is to be predicted and lighter wind race that the norm, Phaedo^3 stated at 11.40am local Antigua time. With a strong competitor Giovanni Soldini’s MOD70 Maserati close by their side, it will be a chase to the end.
Posted on 20 Feb
Vendée Globe – Conrad Colman speaks about his dismasting and battle
New Zealand skipper Conrad Colman is fighting an incredible battle to finish the race after the mast crashed down Tenacious New Zealand skipper Conrad Colman is fighting an incredible battle to finish the race after the mast of his Foresight Natural Energy crashed down on the night of Friday 10th February.
Posted on 20 Feb
EFG Bank Monaco wins Leg 3 of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour
Reigning champions EFG Bank Monaco tightened their grip on the overall lead with a victory in the third offshore leg Reigning EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour champions EFG Bank Monaco (MON) today tightened their grip on the overall lead with a victory in the third offshore leg of the race around the Arabian Gulf.
Posted on 20 Feb
Abnormal weather for the RORC Caribbean 600
This year the weather is dominated by a front that extends very far south reaching the race course. Wouter has competed in the Barcelona World Race, the Volvo Ocean Race on numerous occasions and is Head of Sevenstar Racing Yacht Logistics.
Posted on 20 Feb
Vendée Globe – Alan Roura takes twelfth place
Race rookie Roura’s elapsed time for the 27,700 mile course is 105 days, 20 hours 10 mins and 32 seconds. Roura’s finish reflects his exceptional drive and tenacity and belies the very tight budget which the young sailor ran his programme on.
Posted on 20 Feb