sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Caribbean fleet ready to race

Caribbean fleet ready to race

'Privateer, a Cookson 50 like Living Doll (pictured), is the only canting keel the International Rolex Regatta'    © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

At the St. Thomas Yacht Club today, positive energy blended splendidly with the excitement surrounding preparations for the 35th running of the International Rolex Regatta. The three-day event starts tomorrow, offering handicap and one-design racing for 90 boats and hundreds of sailors, who are giving two thumbs up to some new twists.

First, the regatta has taken a lead in offering IRC racing, since the popularity of that rating rule has grown rapidly in Europe and North America and is now catching on in the Caribbean. Second, the event is the first part of Virgin Islands Race Week, which combines the International Rolex Regatta scores with those from next week's BVI Spring Regatta to determine winners in a series that unites two Caribbean nations.

'It's a good IRC turnout,' said John Munns (Ipswich, Suffolk, UK) about the 12 IRC boats split into two classes. Munns, who is the navigator and captain aboard Richard Matthews' Oystercatcher XXVI, further explained that in the past the only option was to sail under the CSA, or 'Caribbean Rule.' 'Richard, with his previous Oystercatchers, has sailed here many times under CSA,' he said, 'but this boat was purpose-built for IRC. We have won several notable events in the UK in the year since the boat was launched, but we came here for more competition. We also have a CSA rating, but IRC is a better rating for us.' Munns then laughed: 'But technically we're not in a position to argue, because we just won (in CSA racing) at the Heineken Regatta.'

Up against Oystercatcher XXVI will be someone who has proven himself many times over at this regatta: Clive Llewellyn (Paris, France), with his Judel/Vrolik 49 Mad IV. At the same time, OnDeck, a St. Thomas company that offers racing yacht charters, has entered one of its Farr 40s with a partially supplied crew. It will be skippered by St. Thomas's America's Cup veteran and Olympic Medalist Peter Holmberg, who is rounding out the crew with Sailing World editor Stuart Streuli and local talent Maurice Korg, Ben Beer, brother John Holmberg and Dean Coles.

Perrenial competitors Bill Alcott, owner of the Andrews 68 Equation and Jim Muldoon, owner of the custom 72 Donnybrook, also are sailing IRC and will face formidable competition from the likes of Norbert Plambeck's (Cuxhaven, Germany) Frers 80 Hexe, Sam Fleets (East Greenwich, R.I.) Swan 601Aquarius and Ron O'Hanley's (Ipswich, Mass.) Farr-designed Cookson 50 Privateer, which sports the only canting keel here at the regatta and may bode well for the brisk breezes forecast for the next few days. 'It means that in high winds, we've got a lot of stability and we can be full-on with our sails,' said the boats captain Ian Henderson (Newport, R.I.), explaining that others in those conditions would have to shorten sail.

Highlighting the CSA division in Spinnaker Racing 2 class will be the BVI's Guy Eldridge aboard his Beneteau First Luxury Girl. Having won this regatta in 2005 on a Melges 24, Eldridge is already turning in winning performances with this new boat. Crewing with him are two Olympians from the UK, Barry and Sue Parkin.

In Spinnaker Racing 1 will be Caccia Ala Volpe, the Vallicelli 44 owned by Carlo Falcone (Antigua). 'We are best in the windward/leeward racing,' said Falcone, adding that some boats with asymmetrical spinnakers fare better than his on reaching legs through the islands.

The regatta kicks off on Friday with an all-classes distance race, along the south side of St. Thomas and finishing inside Charlotte Amalie Harbor, in the shadows of the cruise ships, creating a colorful spectacle for spectators. The fleet will then restart for a second race, reversing course back to the East End. Saturday will be the make-or-break day, with multiple around-the-buoys races taking place on the Ocean circle for two IRC classes, two Spinnaker Racing classes and a class each for Non-Spinnaker Racing and Beach Cats. On the Jersey Bay circle, plotted closer to shore, the IC24 one-design class will compete in back-to-back races, as many as can be fit in. To top things off, on Sunday, a middle-distance race in Pillsbury Sound will provide more incredible vistas and a challenging course for the racers, while the IC24s continue their non-stop windward-leeward competition.

Enrique Figueroa (San Juan, PR), who is sailing the 20-foot Tornado DRD/Suzuki/Red Bull in the 17-boat Beach Cat class and has been coming to the Rolex Regatta since 1979, winning it more times than he can count, may have competition from a new sherriff in town. That would be Gringo Starr, sailed by John Casey (Orlando, Fla.), the U.S. Mulithull Champion who has won the Tybee 500 three times. 'I've got plenty of time on the ocean, just not here,' said Casey, who is new to Caribbean racing. 'Enrique has a 57 rating (Portsmouth Rule for Beach Cats) and we have a 59, so we owe them time.' The result should be that Casey will be the first to finish in the races, but Figueroa has proven time and again that his blazing speed rewrites the theory of rules.

Live results by Interactive Creations (www.intercreate.com) will be posted on www.rolexcupregatta.com, where hometown rosters, nightly reports and photos also can be found. Daily video coverage will be available on demand by 9 p.m. each night at www.t2p.tv or by clicking on the TV icon on the regatta web site.




by International Rolex Regatta Media

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=43030

6:09 AM Fri 28 Mar 2008 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


News - USA and the World









International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,


















International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
























Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games by Anna Tunnicliffe, Pittsburgh, PA












U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening
Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2
2014 Governor's Cup - Sam Gilmour of RFBYC victorious again
Farr 40 West Coast Champ - Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible
Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video
Melges 32 European Championship - Robertissima remains out front
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Italians take one-point lead   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Marstrom 32 fleet off to anxious start   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Max Ranchi   
CYC Race to Mackinac - Cruising fleet sets sail in 106th edition   
Team Alvimedica getting a touchup   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Plenty of drama on day 5   
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - Day 5 Videos   
NYYC Race Week - High performance classes put on shoreside show   
2014 Pacific Cup - 'Invisible Hand' the first boat to finish   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - B.C.'s Eric Holden skippers wins   
America's Cup: Updates on Team Australia withdraw   
J/70 North American titles - Brian Keane moves to top of leaderboard   
2016-2017 America's Cup - Team Australia withdraws   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander takes charge   
America's Cup: Team NZ disappointed, but on track after Australians go   
America's Cup: Hamilton Island decides not to proceed with Challenge.   
America's Cup: Challenger of Record withdraws from Regatta   
WWA Wakeboard National Championships head to Waco   
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Day 2   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT