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Antigua Sailing Week - Fantastic sailing conditions for day one

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Antigua Sailing Week - Fantastic sailing conditions marked the start of the 44th Antigua Sailing Week with clear blue skies echoed in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. A breeze of 15 knots from the east gave a gentle start to the regatta.

Eduardo Perez-Bengochea’s Gunboat 62,CucuBelle won the first battle of the big catfight in Multihull 1. This is the biggest and most impressive multihull spectacle to come Antigua for many years and these flying machines light up in big breeze.

CucuBelle hit the line with pace and accuracy and headed inshore to benefit from the lift off the high cliffs pulling out a big lead on the opposition. Lloyd Thornburg’s Gunboat 66, Phaedo managed to catch up, especially downwind, but CucuBelle won by a significant margin. Angus Ball’s Gunboat 66, Coco de Mer was third.

In Class one, Hugo Stenbeck’s Dubois 90,Genuine Risk, nailed the start to perfection. Ramping up the speed with a big dial down before crossing the start line on the 'B of the Bang'. However Peter Cunningham’s Reichel Pugh 75, Titan Power play, won the first race in Class one by just under two minutes on corrected time. Today’s big tactical decision in the big boat class was whether to sail inshore and take the shortest route or sail offshore to find more breeze and current.

Tony Ray, tactician for the Cayman Islands Team Power play racing Titan, 'Before the race we decided to gybe set at the top mark and go inshore but the breeze shifted right and there was a bit more current offshore and more pressure, so we went for the bear-away set. Second time around, we did much the same thing. We could see from the second upwind leg that Genuine Risk was extending on us by going offshore, so we figured that was the way to go for the downwind leg.'

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Peter Cunningham from The Cayman Islands has chartered Titan Power play for the regatta. Peter had a big smile on his face, even before he knew the results. 'This is my sixth Antigua Sailing Week but I have never sailed on a boat like this before and it was a very special day today. I was on the helm about 95% of the time but the crew were magnificent, a real team effort and a great result.'

Genuine Risk’s Guy Barron was complimentary about today’s course. 'Great course today, couldn’t fault it, we had some good racing and to be honest we feel that we are able to compete with Titan Power play, we could have made up the time difference today, so we are not despondent we can do better.'

Fred Smithers’ Swan 77, La Forza Del Destino got a great start in Class two, only to have to retire on the first beat with sail damage. Peter Harrison’s Farr 115, sporting new hi-tech 3Di Sails sailed a smart race, no doubt assisted by the highly experienced Antiguan Olympic sailor, Karl James.

However, Carol Swift and Stefan Lehner’s Passion 4 C came out on top by over six minutes on corrected time. The German Trip 56 managed to stay in clear air and sailed well to score its first bullet of the regatta against talented opposition. Paul Fevang’s Norwegian Swan 66, Godot, with a striking pink spinnaker, was third.

In Class three, Antiguan sailor James Dobbs, racing his J122, Lost Horizon, was over-eager at the start and had to go back, which ultimately cost him the race. Phillip Lotz’s American Swan 42, Arethusa won by a slender margin, just 26 seconds on corrected time ahead of Lost Horizon. Dig Van Der Slikke’s Grand Soleil 43, D-Trip from St. Maarten was third.

Today saw the much talked-about duel between two local boats, Sir Hugh Bailey’s First 456, Hugo B, and Carlo Falcone’s one off, Caccia alla Volpe. The two boats were locked in a duel all day, barely more than a few boat lengths apart. Hugo B managed to get the better of Caccia alla Volpe by just 49 seconds on corrected time. However, neither of the local yachts turned out winners. Calvin Reed’s First 40.7,Elandra, took the spoils by over three minutes.

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There was a virtual photo finish in Class 5between two British boats. Andy Middleton’s well travelled First 47.7, Global Yacht Racing, won by just under a minute from Jonty Layfield’s beautiful Swan44, Sleeper. American Swan 48, Avocation owned by Hank Schmitt was third.

Class six enjoyed some great racing today, Geoffrey Pidduck’s Six Meter, Biwi Magic is a veteran of Antigua Sailing Week and showed its class today, winning the first race of the regatta by over three minutes. Line honours went to Peter Bainbridge’s J122, Sky Hunter II and Peter Lewis’ Bajan J 105, Whistler was third.

There was a tight battle in Class seven, which is also subject to a pending protest hearing between the top two boats. The top three boats finished less than a minute apart on corrected time. Rick Gormley’s First 38 is provisionally first in class to Antiguan J 30, Blue Peter, owned by Tanner Jones. Another Antiguan boat is currently placed third, Bernie Evan-Wong’s Cal 40, Huey Too.

Marc Delbaere’s Sun Odyssey 54, Derbisolar, won the first race of the regatta in Class 8a. David and Ann Chatterton’s Jeanneau 49, Resting Goose was second with Ian Galbraith’s Oyster 53, Jigsaw taking third.

Marinus Woerdeman’s Beneteau Oceanis 393 Limin Carib was an easy boat to spot today, the boat proudly displays Antigua Sailing Week’s drinks sponsor Carib on just about every surface, including crew t-shirts and hats! The local boat sailed responsibly today though, winning its class by a significant margin from Onundur Johannsson’s Sun Odyssey 45, Islandssol. Vincent White’s O’Day 35, Seal was third.

Bareboat 1 had a clear winner today, Christoph Nielsen’s KH+P Pinel stamped its authority on the class with a fine win. Tony Mack’s Oceanis 50, Sugar Cane was second and Russel Bertrand’s Sun Odyssey, Tartane was third.

KH+P rounded off a magnificent day by taking all three podium positions in Bareboat 2. Alexander Pfeiffer’s Dufour455, KH+P Sea You Later was the winner. Sister ship, L’Oiseau de Iles skippered by Alfred Geisser was second with KH+P Clarabella skippered by Beate Mohn third.

Tonight’s festivities include The Galleon Beach Bash with live music from Blade at the Calabash Beach Bar and Restaurant .Drinks and dining on the deck, DJ’s and chill out on the beach, tasty food and cold drinks at the Vendors Village and some surprise guests arriving throughout the afternoon. At the Beer Tent Itchy Feet and friends will be on stage after 7:00pm.

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