sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : St. Maarten Heineken Regatta kicks off with Gill Commodores Cup
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta kicks off with Gill Commodores Cup

'Day 1 - Gill Commodores Cup - St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2012'    St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 32nd edition kicked off with the Gill Commodores Cup in Simpson Bay.

There are many adjectives one might employ to describe the sailing conditions off the south coast of the Friendly Island of St. Maarten. 'Sporty, sunny, and breezy' would all apply. But for the sake of simplicity, the day could be summed up with one straightforward word:

Perfect.

In easterly tradewinds of 18-22 knots and clear blue seas of 3-5 feet, 25 boats in four classes set sail in the Gill Commodores Cup, a two-race series scored separately from the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta for the flat-out racing crews, many of whom use the regatta as a practice day before the start of the three-day main event. The event’s official supplier of outstanding technical racing and sailing gear, Gill North America, sponsors the Gill Commodores Cup.

'It couldn’t have been a better day,' said David Pritchard, president of Gill North America. 'The race management was excellent, the racing went off right on the money. The team has so much experience; it’s just a first-class operation of people with lots of experience. And it’s such a unique event, with such an international group of sailors, from Europe, North and South America, the islands. From our perspective as a sponsor, it couldn’t be friendlier. Everyone makes us feel very welcome.'

As always, the Gill Commodores Cup showcased several of the top match-ups in the fleet and served as a preview of coming attractions in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. In Class 1, Bill Alcott’s 65-foot Equation and Marco Iglesius’s Volvo 70, Gran Jotiti, look to be a pair of powerhouses in the regatta’s figurative Heavyweight Division. In the first round, however, the clear winner was Equation, with a pair of bullets. Gran Jotiti earned second, and John Wilson’s powerful 78-foot sloop, Idea, was third.

If the racing was any indication, however, the closest competition may well be in the Class 2 fleet, which is loaded with more than a half dozen strong teams that figure to be right in the hunt in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Among the contenders are Sergio Sagramoso’s J/122, Lazy Dog; Rich Wesslund’s J/120, El Ocaso; Jordan Mindich’s J/125, Aunt Jessie; Willem Wester’s Grand Soleil 46, Antilope; Jaime Torres’s Beneteau First 40, Smile and Wave; Peter Peake’s RP 37, Peake Yacht Services/Slippery; and Jan vanden Eynde’s Open 750, Panic Attack.

While all of these yachts are capable of podium finishes, today’s winner was Torres’s Smile and Wave, with a third and a first, followed by Lazy Dog and El Ocaso.

With the exception of Phil Munday’s Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 52.2, Great Escape of Southampton, the 7-boat Class 3 fleet was comprised of a half dozen Beneteaus. When the final scores were tallied, the winner, with a first and a third, was Sean McGinn’s Beneateau First 40.7, Team Red, White & Blue, followed by Paul Johnson’s First Class 10, Bruggadung 2, and Patrick Holloran’s First 40.7, Caipirinha.

Class 4 was another strong fleet, with Frederic Dutheil’s JPK 960, Eliott, and Andrea Scarabelli’s Melges 24, Budget Marine/Gill, atop the leader board with identical records of a first and a second, but the tie-breaker gave the win to Eliott. Another Melges 24, Coors Light, sailed by Frits Bus and Peter Houtzager, was third.

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta website


by Michele Korteweg

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=94482

9:37 AM Fri 2 Mar 2012GMT


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


Related News Stories:

05 Mar 2012  St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Wind gods unleash their power
25 Feb 2012  St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Impressive number of entries
14 Feb 2012  St. Maarten Heineken Regatta entry list continues to grow
17 Jan 2012  Jaime Torres sets sights on St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
07 Jul 2011  St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2012 Notice of Race online + Promo Video






News - USA and the World

































America's Cup: Challenger calls Competitor Meeting ahead of deadline *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,


































ABYC Fourth of July Regatta - Snipes join the action
Volvo Cork Week - Three bullets for ballistic catapult
Nacra 17 Europeans - Besson and Riou lead the overall standings
Formula 16 World Championship - Aussies claim title in Newport
Vestas Sailrocket 3 - The journey beckons
Clipper Round the World - London to provide emotional heroes welcome
ISAF Youth Worlds - Italians to lead RS:X fleet in Tavira
Vestas Sailrocket 3 - Over the Horizon
Foiling Week - Italian Moth Championship - Final results
NYYC Race Week - Yachting history on display
Rescued sailors reach shore after dramatic ocean rescue
Half Ton Classics Cup: Swuzzlebubble out front on Day 1 + Video
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Yachting history on display
Volvo Cork Week - Thrilling conditions welcome international fleet
Nacra 17 Europeans: Success for Italy's Bissaro and Sicouri
America's Cup: 2017 venue short-list reduced to two Cities
Formula Windsurfing Youth and Master Worlds overall
49er and 49erFX Europeans: Pitfalls aplenty on day 1 + Video
ISAF Youth Worlds - Laser Radial sailors look to join list of legends
Coville soon to chase solo circumnavigation record in giant trimaran
Fierce competition at the Meanline Fins Slalom Challenge   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel opt for experienced winner   
Bakewell-White supermaxi designed to take Transpac's Barn Door Trophy *Feature   
Crew rescued by navy patrol from J/111 racer after Mayday in storm   
Team Alvimedica practice in Newport, RI - Photos   
18 foot skiff European Championship (Open Europeans) - Final results   
Nacra 17 European Championships - No action on day 1   
ISAF Youth Worlds - 29er and SL16 sailors prepare for battle + Video   
Volvo Ocean Race: Eight new crew members named by teams   
Volvo Ocean Race: New additions to Spanish team announced   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Phuket Island is ready to host   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Cyril Moussilmani and Delphine Cousin on top   
Foiling Week - Moth Class Italian Open Championship Day 2   
America's Cup: Luna Rossa foiling in AC45s at their Italian base   
Star World Championship - Germans claim dramatic win in Malcesine   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Down to the wire in Turkmenistan   
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre - Off to France!   
Nacra 17 Europeans - La Grande Motte back in Olympic classes arena   
Stena Match Cup Sweden - Hansen hat trick in Marstrand + Video   
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre Race keeps an eye on Arthur   


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 VIR US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT