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35th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta Day 2

by Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 19 Apr 18:38 PDT 17-22 April 2024
35th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta © Richard Sherman Photography

The second race day of the 35th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta was a vast improvement with a gentle 7-8 knots of breeze from the South-East, and with the flat seas from the previous calmer day made it almost perfect sailing conditions.

In the dockyard after racing, Richard West, owner of schooner Charm III commented "Nice gentle breeze, beautiful sailing, everyone having a good time, what more could you want?" Casey Fasciano, captain of Bolero, the 1949 famous S&S racing yawl, said "We have a good crew and a great boat, fantastic." Sarah Schelbert, owner of Alani, Gurnery sloop from Grenada, commented on today's race, "I really like the course, the Butterfly course is always fun and it was a good day out there." Jill Jinks owner of Athena, Sou'wester 59 was celebrating her first time racing at Antigua Classics with champagne and enthused, "It was just fabulous, we're delighted, we can't wait to get back out there tomorrow." Jason on the West Indies sloop Summer Cloud said "it was a fantastic day, lovely racing today, I can't complain, we always have fun."

Positions today changed a lot during the race which made it exciting and the results are very close over two days of racing. In the schooner class, Charm III is first, Eros second and Adventurer third. In the vintage and classic class, Seefalke II and Blue Peter are tied first and Bolero third. In the traditional class, Genesis came in first today moving them up from third to first, with Summer Cloud and New Moon tied second. Modern A class Saida and Legacy are tied first, and tied second are Brazilian Aurora IV, Swan 55 and Bowman 49 Yemaya. In the spirit of tradition class, Chloe Giselle and Freya are tied first, and Eager is third. Finally, in modern B class Jabberwok, Encore and High Tide are running first, second and third. With two more days of racing, plenty can change. The full results can be seen here and Aquafilm's video of today's racing is posted on Facebook and Instagram.

Yesterday evening, our generous sponsors English Harbour Rum and Red Stripe Beer, donated free happy hour drinks and entertainment was provided by colourful Caribbean stilt walkers, dancers and a fire-eater with a slide show of today's racing shots. Tomorrow the racing will continue with the new Caterpillar race which is the reverse of today's Butterfly course and the forecast is looking good for even more wind.

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