Lucky 7 Wins and Mike Hirst Sets a New Kiteboarding Record

A beautiful morning greeted the 11 competitors and delivered champagne sailing throughout the anti-clockwise around Tortola course.

First away at 09:35 were the Monohulls and cruising catamaran, followed by the three trimarans at 09:50. But all eyes were on Mike Hirst and Chris Brockbank with their foiling kites as they put down a challenge to establish a new kiteboarding record for the event. Sure enough, just over 2 hours later the pair came streaking back up the channel having maintained speeds in the upper teens throughout. Hirst took the line honours win after just 2 hours, 14 minutes and 54 seconds and, hot on his heels, Brockbank finished with a time of 2 hours 28 minutes and 53 seconds.

The five monohulls made for an interesting fleet, ranging from David Lake’s 30ft Hunter, Wicked Winch up to the majestic Swan 77, La Forza. Sadly Wicked Winch were forced to retire at Beef Island due to rigging problems . From the finish position at Nanny Cay, La Forza was the first to appear, dwarfing all other boats in the channel.

Sneaking up behind them though were the three multihulls, comfortably clocking upwind speeds around the 10 knot mark, with Mark Sander’s Island Hops leading the way. Finishing with an elapsed time of 4 hours 5 minutes and 25 seconds. Eddie Brockbank’s Lucky 7 was next, followed by Barney Crook’s Airgasm with just under 10 minutes separating the three of them.

La Forza crossed the line a few minutes after Airgasm for the monohull class line honours but had not done enough to hold their position on corrected time. Next up was Henry Leonnig and the Melges 24 Firewater which also gave them the class win ahead of Kevin Rowlette’s Sweet Revenge and Miles Sutherland Pilch aboard his newly restored Beneteau 44.7 Odyssey.

A big thank you to our sponsor Nanny Cay for supporting this event for another year, to Dick Schoonover for running the race committee team, all those who came out to watch the start and all the competitors who took part.

During the prize giving a special presentation was made to Miles Sutherland-Pilch and Nanny Cay in recognition of their long standing and generous commitment to the Royal BVI Yacht Club Youth Sailing Programme. For many years now Nanny Cay has been the primary sponsor of the programme, providing ground space for our classes, dockspace for chase boats, sponsorship of events, donations from fuel sales and support in ways too numerous to mention. On behalf of all of the board, our members and particularly all of the young sailors in the BVI, Thank You Nanny Cay.

Nanny Cay Challenge
With a top speed of 27 knots and averaging 20 knots, Mike Hirst has set a new Nanny Cay Challenge Record, covering 49 miles in 2 hours, 14 minutes and 54 seconds. Mike took 23 minutes and 40 seconds off Triple Jack’s record set in 2015. Chris Brockbank also broke the record.

The Nanny Cay Challenge was launched in 2010, it can be attempted any-time, any-day but must start and finish off Nanny Cay, circumnavigate in an anti-clockwise direction and leave Beef Island, Scrub Island, Great Camanoe and Guana Island to port.

Challengers must pay an entry fee of $250 which is donated to a BVI charity of the challenger’s choice. Mike donated his to the Family Support Network. To date the NCC has raised $2000 for local charities.

Nanny Cay Round Tortola Results by Class (Overall)
1. Mike Hirst
2. Chris Brockbank

1. Firewater – Henry Leonnig (4th)
2. Sweet Revenge – Kevin Rowlette (5th)
3. Odyssey – Miles Sutherland Pilch / Keith Li Greci (6th)
4. La Forza – Svante Littmarck (8th)

Cruising Multihull
1. Wildfire – John Hayes (7th)

Racing Multihull
1. Lucky 7 – Eddie Brockbank (1st)
2. Airgasm – Barney Crook (2nd)
3. Island Hops – Mark Sanders (3rd)

Current Records for the Nanny Cay Challenge
Spookie (TP52) Steve & Heidi Benjamin – 3 hours 8 minutes & 43 seconds
29 March 2016

Triple Jack, Kelsall One-Off – 2 hours 33 minutes & 40 seconds
30 April 2015

*New* Kiteboard
Mike Hirst – 2 hours 14 minutes & 54 seconds
13 January 2019

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Offshore Nirvana

US entries make up 40% of IRC fleet + Record year for Class40s

With just over a month to go until the start of the RORC Caribbean 600, 77 teams from across the world have already entered the spectacular 600-mile offshore non-stop race around 11 Caribbean islands. The overall win under IRC for the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy over the past decade has been dominated by teams from the United States. This year, at least 17 teams will be flying the Stars and Stripes and the vast majority will be racing under IRC. In the Class40 Division, the 2018 Route du Rhum and the forthcoming 2019 Le Défi Atlantique have assisted in creating a record 10 entries, nine of which will be flying the French Tricolour in the 11th edition.

Following two overall victories in 2015 and 2017, sailor and businessman Hap Fauth (Minneapolis, Minn./Naples, Fla. USA) returns with his new Maxi 72 Bella Mente in the 2019 RORC Caribbean 600 © Jennifer Tille

The RORC Caribbean 600 has been an epic offshore combat zone for the Maxi72 Class and Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente (USA) and George Sakellaris’ Proteus (USA) have both won overall on two occasions. Both teams are back again this year, and alongside Peter Harrison’s British Maxi72 Sorcha, they are among the favourites.

This will be the first RORC Caribbean 600 for the new Botin-designed Bella Mente built by New England Boatworks, Rhode Island, USA. Bella Mente’s owner Hap Fauth concurrently spearheads the New York Yacht Club American Magic challenge for the 2021 America’s Cup. The afterguard for the RORC Caribbean 600 includes multiple 52 Super Series World Champion Terry Hutchinson, two-time Volvo Ocean Race winning skipper Mike Sanderson and Adrian Stead, who has been on winning teams for the ‘600 more than any other sailor.

“If you like to race offshore this is the nirvana,” enthused Hap Fauth. “It’s an outstanding race; the boat goes fast and it’s all execution, execution, execution. Everybody has to give 120% in order to have a high probability of winning. The race is a crew beater, 48 hours of hard work and it really tests you in every way. We all love it; the RORC Caribbean 600 is our favourite race offshore.”

“The new Bella Mente is stunning and hopefully she will do all the things she is supposed to. We will spend a week before the race getting the team acclimatized and getting the boat set up for the conditions. If the VPP analysis is correct, we will be very fast upwind and as fast as the old boat downwind and reaching. It will be a great race, especially against the other two ’72s. I wish the whole fleet was there!”

David and Peter Askew’s (Salt Lake City, Utah/Baltimore, Maryland, USA) American Volvo 70 Wizard will bring together a regular team of high profile sailors for the race, skippered by Charlie Enright (Newport, R.I) © Andrea Francolini

Charlie Enright will skipper David and Peter Askew’s American Volvo 70 Wizard (USA) and like Bella Mente will be flying the burgee of the New York Yacht Club. The Juan K design has supreme pedigree having won the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race as Groupama and the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart as Giacomo. Wizard’s crew includes a number of Volvo Ocean Race sailors, including three past winners: Simon Fisher, Phil Harmer and Daryl Wislang.

“Our team has been sailing together for a while and some of us have even circumnavigated the planet together,” commented Enright, skipper of Alvimedica and Vestas in the last two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race.

“Winning is always the goal! We need the trades to be up and we need the course to have as much fetching and the least VMG as possible. This will be my 6th ‘600…it’s one of the best races going. Good trades, good temperature, good competition and you start and end in the same place, which always helps with logistics. For grand prix boats the 600-milers are real sprints and this race is no exception; every couple of hours you’re rounding another beautiful piece of terra firma, which makes for great views but very little sleep!” continues Enright.

Record Class40 fleet
The competition in the Class40 division is shaping up to be hotter than ever before. A record entry includes the defending champion and race record holder, Catherine Pourre’s Eärendil (FRA).

Second overall in the 2018 Route du Rhum, Aymeric Chappellier’s Class40 Aïna Enfance Et Avenir will be one to watch © Christophe Breschi

Two of the stand-out new entrants are Luke Berry’s Lamotte – Module Création (FRA), third for the 2018 Class40 Championship, and Aïna Enfance Et Avenir (FRA), skippered by Aymeric Chappellier from La Rochelle, France. Chappellier was runner-up for the 2017 Transat Jacques Vabre, and last November runner-up in the Route du Rhum.

“I have competed with Teasing Machine in the RORC Caribbean 600. It’s a very good race and I think the Class40 is a great boat for it,” commented Chappellier. “I will probably race with three people as it is a great opportunity to share a fantastic event with those who have worked so hard, and who are so close to the project. Especially Jacques Fournier who has given me so much help and has done so much for the Class for over 10 years. There are very few races for the Class40 which suit fully crewed boats, but the ‘600 is for sure. It is a very tactical course, there are a lots of shifts and a lot of clouds around the islands, which makes it a very interesting race. I expect that this will be a good battle with less than one hour separating the top boats. It is always a great pleasure to sail in RORC races like this one and the Fastnet. They are well organised with a really friendly atmosphere and extremely competitive.”

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Entries to date:

ENDS/… Louay Habib


USA 45 Bella Mente Maxi 72 Botin Hap Fauth
USA 70000 Wizard Volvo Open 70 David and Peter Askew
USA 60722 Proteus Maxi 72 George Sakellaris
USA 61333 Triple Lindy Cookson 50 Joseph Mele
USA 61915 Summer Storm Marten 49 Andrew Berdon
USA 61266 Bounty Swan 66 Gibb Kane
USA 52906 Avanti Hanse 430 Jeremi Jablonski
USA 14571 Isbjorn Swan 48 Andy Schell & Mia Karlsson
USA 10194 Andiamo Gunfleet 58 Byrne Murphy
USA 61939 Rye X 55 Kevin McLaughlin
USA 61006 Arethusa Gunboat 60 Philip Lotz
USA 128 Argo Mod 70 Jason Carroll
USA 5301 Fujin Bieker 53 Greg Slyngstad
USA 61164 Katara J145 Roger Gatewood
USA 61003 Porthmeor Oyster49 Neil Styler
USA 28252 Sin Duda Santa Cruz 52 Lindsey Duda
USA 60456 White Rhino 2 Carkeek 47 Tod Stuart
Owner Sailed by
Hydra NOR 149 Henrik Bergesen Tristan Kinloch
MADE IN MIDI FRA 142 Kito de Pavant
Aïna Enfance Et Avenir FRA 151 Aymeric Chappellier
BHB FRA 152 Louis Burton Arthur Hubert
Campagne De France FRA 147 Halvard Mabire/
Miranda Merron
Colombre XL FRA 101 Charles-louis Mourruau
Eärendil FRA 145 Catherine Pourre
Esprit Scout FRA 81 Marc Dubos
Lamotte – Module Création FRA 153 Luke Berry
Sirius FRA 73 Stephane Bry
(Best corrected time under IRC)
2018 – George David, Rambler 88, Maxi (USA)
2017 – Hap Fauth, Bella Mente, JV72 (USA)
2016 – George Sakellaris, Maxi 72, Proteus (USA)
2015 – Hap Fauth, JV72, Bella Mente (USA)
2014 – George Sakellaris, RP72, Shockwave (USA)
2013 – Ron O’Hanley, Privateer, Cookson 50 (USA)
2012 – Niklas Zennström’s JV72, Rán (GBR)
2011 – George David, Rambler 100, JK 100 (USA)
2010 – Karl C L Kwok, Beau Geste, Farr 80 (HKG)

2009 – Adrian Lee, Lee Overlay Partners, Cookson 50 (IRL) 

GSA Youth Sailing Team

The count down begins, Grenada Sailing Week is only two weeks away. With 39 entries and counting, the racing fleet is shaping up nicely. We have 13 entries in Racing Class, 11 entries in Racer Cruiser, 8 entries in Classic Class and 7 entries in the one design J24’s.

Grenada Sailing week is excited to announce their support of the first youth sailing team to join the J24 class. The Grenada Sailing Association National Youth Sailing Team is a new team made up 16 to 20 year old’s. Prior to this they sailed on Optimists and Lasers at the various sailing clubs around the island (Gouyave Sailing Club and Woburn Wind Warriors). This is a huge step for them to progress into J24 sailing, helping to bridge the gap between dinghy and keel boat sailing. This program is supported by Grenada Sailing Association, Caribbean Sailing Association, Grenada Tourism Authority and Glenelg Spring Water. The team is coached by Robbie Yearwood of Team ‘Diehard’ another J24 owner and Kevin Banfield, the GSA Olympic & World Sailing trained coach.

In order to help raise funds for the youth team, we will hold raffles throughout the event. We will also be showing the award winning film ‘Vanishing Sails’ at 6.30 pm on lay day Wednesday, with a $10ec voluntary donation. The Grenada Sailing Association is a non profit organisation and is grateful for any contributions towards the youth sailing team. Please contact a member of Grenada Sailing Week if you would like to make a donation.

About the film
On the island of Carriacou in the West Indies, the last wooden sailboat builder dreams of saving a great tradition passed down the generations from Scottish settlers that sailed there centuries ago. The film follows Alwyn’s journey over three years, while stories of the old Caribbean – trading by sail and smuggling contraband interweave a tribute to the independent spirit of a small island community.

Registration is still open!
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J-31 The Round Martinique Regatta

In a month the first start of The Martinique Round Regatta will be given from Fort de France. An event that all look forward, competitors and organizers. But before you tuck the sheets and sharpen its most important tactic remains registration for this edition 2019. To participate in this festival of sailing and the preferential rate do not miss the deadline of 19 January. Join You!

On February 8, the bay of Fort de France will be at the heart of discussions with in the background the first round of the 2019 edition of The Round Martinique Regatta. With over 20 monohulls already in the various classes, The Round Martinique Regatta promises a good show around the island.

But each competition social events are just as important as the race. Friday night, the opening night of The Round Martinique Regatta will be open to everyone, sailors, volunteers, organizers, sponsors, partners, … Go to 18h at the Yacht Club Martinique. Saturday’s second day, direction west Marin by road or is based on the categories. The appointment will post regatta in Marin or St. Anne for a surprise party and always 18h. On Sunday, two events will punctuate the last day of racing with first lunch on the beach of Grand Anse d’Arlet and in the late afternoon and after an offshore leg to Fort de France, the large price discount evening will be held in turn on Malécon in Fort de France. A place that will also be the center of The Round Martinique Regatta with the presence of many stands, activities and especially different tools that will allow spectators and families crews to follow the race.
These moments of sharing and festivals are as important as the race itself and contribute significantly to the success of The Round Martinique Regatta.

“We turned the buoy and 2018 are heading in 2019. The Round Martinique Regatta Organizing Committee wish you all and all a Happy New Year 2019: a good course, good wind, a calm sea and a finish triumphal to the next mark. Meanwhile we have a must to mark 8/9/10 February Round Martinique Regatta. Three days of intense racing with offshore racing perfume with the participation of three of the Class40 Route du Rhum and three days of celebration, “commented Paul G Constantine, Director of the organization The Round Martinique Regatta and President of the Yacht Club Martinique (YCM).

Join You!

Thursday, February 7:
Home crews at the race village on Fort waterfront in France
17h Deadline for registration & skippers meeting
18h Opening Cocktail of the event
Friday, February 8:
10 am start of the first “The Round Bay” handle in Fort de France
18h Evening event open to the YCM
Saturday, February 9:
6am departure from “The Raid Round” (80nm Fort de France – Marin clockwise)
10am departure from “The Rally Round” (Fort de France- Marino anti clockwise)
19h Evening Surprise facing the Bay of St. Anne in the Poop
Sunday, February 10:
9 am departure from “The Round Rock”
13h relaxing lunch on the beach of Grande Anse d’Arlet
18h Presentation of the race village on Fort beachfront France Price

Caribbean Queen Alison Hinds to perform at the 39th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

As famous for its legendary parties as its world-class racing, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has today announced its musical headline act for Friday March 1, 2019– The Caribbean Queen, Alison Hinds.

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Production Director, John Leone, comments, ‘Over the past 38 years we have been, and always will be, committed to creating an environment for Serious Sailing, and Serious Fun at our regatta, this year is no different. We are thrilled to get the party started by announcing Alison Hinds as our feature act to perform on Friday, March 1, 2019. She truly is a Queen of the Caribbean and we’re overjoyed to have her back on board for the famous St. Maarten Heineken Regatta parties. Sailors can make land and party into the night enjoying live music performed by top acts. Stay tuned for more artist announcements!’

Now in its 39th year, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has become a must see annual event in the global sailing calendar, set against the dazzling backdrop of the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean. The fun continues on land and well into the night, with the famous “Heineken” parties lighting up St. Maarten’s Regatta Village at the Port de Plaisance Resort, Casino and Yacht Club over each of the four nights of the regatta.

Taking to the stage for the 39th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, Alison Hinds – also known as a Queen of SOCA – will bring a flavour of the Caribbean to regatta competitors and spectators. Alison released her first album ‘Soca Queen’ in 2007 and is famous for collaborations with Richie Spice and Shaggy such as “King and Queen” and “Can’t Let My Love Go”, and for her global smash hit single “Roll It Gal”. This will be Alison’s second time performing for the event and she was invited back due of the demand from her fan base.

Alison’s powerful, emotional vocals and high-energy live shows are legendary in Caribbean music. Her message of love and upliftment for one and all and a mixture of high energy and soulful ballads has cemented her popularity in the hearts of audiences worldwide. Alison is a major force in the eruption of innovative urban-influenced Caribbean-based music, alongside artists such as fellow-Bajan popstar Rihanna, Sean Paul, and Shaggy, who are changing the face of music worldwide.

With more than 80 entries already confirmed so far, the event is sure to be a legendary experience. Find out more about the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, St. Maarten and island life here: .

CSA announce new Caribbean Sailing Week event for 2019

A newly formed event called Caribbean Sailing Week (CSW) is set to take place in English Harbour, Antigua from October, 17-20, 2019. The event combines two individual Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) events which have taken place for more than 20 years, the CSA Annual Conference and the CSA Caribbean Dinghy Championship (CDC).

The new format event will allow the CSA to increase the profile and status of the CDC and Annual Conference due to having considerably more CSA Member representatives from the Caribbean regional sailing community gathered together in one place. It will also increase the overall value of the event to those wishing to attend, providing a much wider cross-section of CSA members with reasons to attend than are being catered for within the current format.

The CDC, the regional saiilng regatta element of CSW, will be a multi-class championship event for one-person Optimist, Laser / Laser Radial classes andfor two-person the RS Feva class. The event will also see the introduction of a new keelboat-specific discipline.

CSA President Alison Sly-Adams, said of the new event, “During the 2018 CSA Conference an important goal for the organisation of building capacity came through strongly. This capacity refers to not only increasing participation in all events, but in supporting skills building in all roles required to support regional development of the sport along with the growth in the number of people entering sailing as a sport. The new format Caribbean Sailing Week will be a key element in us delivering on this goal.”

Of the change to the CDC format, Sly-Adams went on to say,” We felt a change in format of the CDC was necessary to ensure it could be more inclusive of all islands rather than limiting it to a 6-team championship. With that said we will introduce a new Nations Cup which will keep the spirit of inter-island competition alive and kicking.”

As well as a new look CDC regatta and CSA Annual Conference program, Caribbean Sailing Week will also include clinics for Sailors, their Instructors / Coaches, as well as training courses and professional development opportunities for those individuals looking to get involved in sailing in more technical roles such as Race Officials, Umpires and Measurers, the delivery of which will be organised to run alongside and even as part of the CSA Conference and CDC regatta schedule.

Mark Theron, Chairman of the CSA Sailing Development Committee stated: “We are here at this exciting point in terms of the growth in sailing-related activity in our region due to the fact that the CSA is a pro-active organisation for whom standing still and doing nothing is not an option. On behalf of the members of the CSA Sailing Development Committee, I want to say thank you to all CSA members that have provided us with feedback, ideas and valuable insights into ways in which our organisation could successfully re-imagine the CSA Annual Conference and CDC events so as to do more to help increase participation in sailing related activity in the Caribbean region. Without their support, we would not be where we are today and we would certainly not be laying the strong foundations that will provide the sailors of tomorrow with opportunities to be able to continue to enjoy our amazing sport for generations to come.”

For the first year of the new format event it will be hosted in Antigua. As well as being the base of the CSA secretariat and having hosted both the CDC and CSA Annual Conference events in 2018, it will be more feasible for the organisation to shape and refine the new format before opening the event up to other host nations across the Caribbean region in 2020 and beyond.

Details and updates of the event can be found at

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