Growing Offshore Multihull Fleet Finds Its Pace at BVI Spring Regatta

March 13, 2019, Tortola, British Virgin Islands -“It will be a real challenge for us racing on shorter courses at BVI Spring Regatta than what we are used to,” John Gallagher stated. Gallagher, owner of the GunBoat 62 Chim Chimis fresh off wining the Multihull division at the RORC Caribbean 600 and is now cruising in the BVI enjoying time with his wife Carol between regattas. Chim Chimhas sailed mainly long-distance races including two Transpac, Gallagher explained. He’s looking forward to mixing up the racing challenge at the 2019 BVI Spring Regatta.

“In the BVI, we’ll be looking to make clean sail changes, clean take downs – you have to execute in the shorter races – you can be really quick but lose it all in the corners – BVI Spring Regatta will be a big change in racing style for us.”

From San Diego, Gallagher and his wife Carol decided that a season in the Caribbean would be a wonderful time to cruise off the beaten path in their own boat and not be tied down to a charter; they also couldn’t resist the opportunity to race alongside similar boats. “One of the reasons we brought Chim Chim here was to see how we would match up with “like” boats, catamaran racer cruisers, as there are not that many on the west coast,” Gallagher said. “Eight or nine boats in this class at BVISR will be huge for us. We’re excited!”

Greg Slyngstad’s Bieker 53 catamaran will have well-known US sailor and Olympian, Jonathan McKee calling tactics for the BVI Spring Regatta © Tim Wright/

The Offshore Multihull fleet has been steadily growing over the past few years at BVISR. Returning this year are Arethusa, FLASH, Flow, and Moementum. They will be joined by newcomers to the fleet Chim Chim, Fujin(Bieker 53 catamaran), Mach Schnell(GunBoat 62) and Zenvatta (GunBoat 62).

Jonathan McKee (Seattle, WA) a well-known US sailor and Olympian has been with Fujin as tactician since the boat’s inception, completing several race seasons in the Caribbean and simply loves the racing that the Caribbean hands out.

“For me it’s a very cool part of the world and a great place to race sailboats,” he said. “There’s a particular poignancy now after the hurricanes to see these communities recover and to be an active part of that recovery, spending our dollars. I know for our owner Greg (Slyngstad) that is an important aspect of BVI Spring Regatta. He also loves sailing in the BVI and he really wants to invest in the recovery of these places – it’s part of the reason we’ll be there!”

A competitive Offshore Multihull division includes the return of the Gunboat fleet to the BVI Spring Regatta © Alastair Abrehart

The Offshore Multihull fleet is currently at eight and the event is hoping for a few more to join.

“We’re thrilled to see a growing Offshore Multihull fleet leveraging Spring Regatta as an opportunity to line up against a significant number of similar boats, while for some of this fleet the BVI Spring Regatta is its main Caribbean event,” Bob Phillips, Race Chairman. “We’re hoping that the GunBoat Coco de Meralso makes it – we’d love for her to join this tight fleet of great boats and fun owners.”

The Sport Multihull division has doubled since last year when just three trimarans raced in division. Eddie Brockbank, a BVI local from Tortola, won the Multihull class on his Corsair Spring 750 Lucky 7at the 47thBVI Spring Regatta in 2018. “The racing is always fantastic in the BVI but this year the competition will be so much more exciting in our fleet with five Corsairs on the start,” Brockbank said. “Our local conditions are perfect for these super-fast multihulls.”

Boats new to the fleet this year include Maytrix, a Corsair Spring 760 owned by Richard May (BVI), Islands Hops, a Corsair F 31 owned by Mark Sanders (BVI) Whoop Whoop! – a Corsair F 27 and Irma survivor which owner Kevin Rowlette (BVI) has been fixing up. Veteran Spring Regatta competitor Airgasm, the Corsair Spring 760R owned by Barney Crook (BVI) and Piglet, a 23′ Newick trimaran owned by Joseph San Martin (St Croix) and long-time fan of Spring Regatta will round out the Sport Multihull division.

The Sportsboat Multihull division has doubled since the last regatta © Alastair Abrehart

With just a few weeks to go before the 48th annual BVI Sailing Festival and Spring Regatta, the entry list is now at 84 boats, with an anticipated final count of at least 90. It’s not too late to register your own boat or charter a performance racing boat to enjoy the spectacular racing and awesome shore-side parties.
Sign up and get your party crew together for the time of your life in beautiful BVI! It’s sure to be a decision you and your crew will not forget!

Report by Michelle Slade

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Budget Marine & Marlow Ropes Sponsor Volunteer Shirts for 2019 St. Thomas International Regatta

Volunteers are the lifeblood of many Caribbean regattas. This is certainly true of the 2019 St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), set for March 22-24. To recognize these give-back participants, regatta organizers are pleased to announce that Budget Marine and Marlow Ropes have volunteered to sponsor the regatta volunteer shirts for STIR 2019.

“Nearly 100 volunteers help to make STIR happen on the water and off. We are grateful to all of them and to Budget Marine and Marlow Ropes for enabling us to say, ‘thank you’ to them in a tangible way,” says Margo Lynch, STIR co-director and commodore of STIR host, the St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC).

Budget Marine’s St. Thomas store, which is located adjacent to Independent Boatyard 1.5 miles west of the STYC off Route 32, as well as the St. Maarten-headquartered chandlery’s 11 other Caribbean island locations, stocks a comprehensive range of Marlow products and accessories to assist and support sailors throughout the season. These range from Marlow’s world class Racing, Cruising and Dinghy ropes to their every-day mooring lines and accessories.

“Marlow Ropes are delighted to sponsor the St Thomas International Regatta 2019 in partnership with Budget Marine,” says Emma Donovan, marketing manager Marlow Ropes: “Now in its 46th year, the regatta is one of the greatest competitions for sailboats in the Caribbean and we are looking forward to seeing some great racing in superb conditions.”

The spirit of the sea runs strong at Budget Marine as the company has been part of events for years and in many cases initiated them. Company founder and a sailor himself, Robbie Ferron, set the tone from the beginning. He was one of the initiators of the Heineken Regatta in 1980. Last year, although a tough year after the hurricanes, Budget Marine supported close to 40 events big and small throughout the Caribbean. This year, Ferron initiated a new event: the First Caribbean Multihull Challenge.

“We chose to sponsor the volunteer shirts for STIR as the volunteers are the ones making it happen – from initiating and planning to doing the work. Getting people excited is always easy but getting things done is a little more difficult and we owe it to those that take the time and put in the effort to make these events work,” says Kathy Kurtz, general manager of Budget Marine St. Thomas. “We at Budget Marine pride ourselves in always continuing to develop and promote on the water activities as well as motivate the youth to be part of both the fun events and the serious maritime business. And, of course, there is a big chance that you will see us on the water whether participating in the event or enjoying the outstanding sailing and environmental conditions of the Caribbean!”

Register Now! STIR 2019 offers classes for CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association-handicap) Racing or Cruising; IRC; ORC; Multihull; Beach Cat or One Design classes with a minimum length of 20-feet. Pay US $300 between February 1 and March 20, 2019. Registration for IC24s: US $200, Beach Cats: $200. Register too for the Round the Rocks Race on March 21. To register and to find the NOR, visit:

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Change Your Mindset In Sailing

In case you haven’t seen it there has been a week long Para-sailor Development Programme taking place at the National Sailing Academy where sailors and sailing programme managers came in from Trinidad, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago and of course host nation Antigua along with the World Sailing Team who delivered the course from France, South Africa and the UK and the Hansa team from Australia and Holland (they also bought 20 Hansa 303’s with them to assist in course delivery).

On top of that the Caribbean Sailing Association piggy backed on all of the great knowledge that came together at the beginning of the week and had a one-day workshop to discuss sailing development in the region and were joined additionally by representatives from Grenada, St. Maarten and St. Croix.

And the single thread that ran through all of the hours of workshops, discussions and coach development is that inclusion is top of the list for all of us in terms of developing the sport. But what does that mean?

One thing that is interesting is that thought is converging. The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) wrote a piece in October called ‘Why Sailability is #morethansailing’ but again what does that really mean?

If you haven’t tried it, you may not know that sailing just like anything in life, while it may be a sport or leisure activity which at its basic level requires some basic skills, what it fires off in your brain is a whole host of other stuff. Depending on your own internal make up that will then result in a list of possible benefits both mentally and physically.

Richard Branson this week, in what feels like a very timely campaign, has launched #valuable which is a worldwide call to action for business to recognise the value and worth of the one billion disabled people globally.

At grassroots level in sailing however, inclusion is not just about recognizing and including differently abled people, but also all of the people who perceive sailing is not accessible to them whether it be low income people, adults who just never tried it, women who can get put off the sport for a whole host of reasons, or indeed a family pursuit.

At the National Sailing Academy last night, I was lucky enough to hear one man’s view on inclusion in the sport of sailing. Chris Mitchell is the Hansa designer and the secretary for Sailing for Everyone Foundation and for twenty years has promoted inclusion in the sport.

If you want to have your thought processes challenged, take a read of Chris’s presentation last night. Are we ready for this in the region? I believe we are…..what do you think?

It’s about Love

Sailing is seen by non-sailors as an elitist and expensive sport, but sailing actually has an opportunity to change that, if it wants, but it may not want to as much of its elite-ness comes from boats being beyond the reach of most people, and the structure of sailing is there to support its membership, who can afford to own boats. The Community Sailing model encourages diversity and dilutes elitism, but there is always strong emotional, often irrational attachment to different classes of boats which inhibits change, and there is always inertia, resistance to change with all big complex global organizations like World Sailing. Throw in natural conservatism of well-heeled contented people, reduced empathy for less fortunate people, and commercial interests protecting their turf, these are all factors which exacerbate inertia.

Well in the background is the innate human tendency to conform to the polarized nature of our world, the hills and valleys, girls/boys, night and day, Yin and Yang, everything has its opposite, so we have the Olympics and Paralympics, disabled versus able bodied people. But not everyone looks at things that way, and inclusion theory is an example of that.

It should not be surprising that sailing is under pressure in today’s frivolous world of instant unlimited choice. The Hansa bird has an interesting perspective on this, to a degree from the outside looking in, and we would like to make a contribution, but it’s very frustrating as Sailing doesn’t seem to understand what we are saying. Possibly because we are not here to sell boats, we are the Sailing for Everyone Foundation and use our boats and sailing to encourage social change.

Watch the video of the Hansa’s racing in the 2012 Hansa Worlds in 25 plus knots of breeze.

Hansa produce a range of little keelboats, they are of Universal Design, meaning everyone can use them. They are intuitive, you sail them seated facing forward, they are steered with a joystick instead of a tiller, they are instantly reefable, they don’t capsize, they are bright appealing colours, mums and their daughters love them, and because they are UD no one is excluded. They are designed around a different operating system, you sit low in the boat, it’s not about athleticism, but this “oddness”, which appeals to non-sailors for whom they are designed, doesn’t sit well with everyone in the conservative sailing world.

If Sailing used UD craft at an entry level it would attract millions of new people into the sport, and as that includes disabled people sailing would become the most inclusive sport in the world.

Look at the situation today. What about all the disabled people who go to work, and go to school. Do they want to spend recreation time with their friends and family, or join a segregated disabled sailing group? Today most Sailability programs around the world are operating as a disability service, a valid project, but it’s for disability organizations, not the majority of disabled people who live, work and go to school in the mainstream.

Where do all the families with a member with a disability fit in? If sailing used little UD keelboats then they can sail together, and they would. Use UD sailboats in entry level school programs, then any child with a disability can simply join in as an equal, use them in weekend community sailing programs so the whole family can participate together. Still use them in Sailability programs because that is a service for disability institutions, but when you use them in mainstream programs you create an inclusive sport, probably the first fully inclusive sport on the planet.

With that sailing will grow instead of the steady decline we see today, we lead the way in inclusive sport and we can promote to the world and change our image. Is that too much to imagine?  Obviously as we have been banging on about it for 20 years.

We aren’t talking about displacing optimists and lasers, we are talking about creating and endorsing a new level underneath the existing participation pyramid. For those who say ok but we don’t like the colours, and we want back to front tillers not joysticks, or we don’t want to teach kids how to sail in boats that won’t capsize, we say we didn’t design these boats for guys like you, we designed them for the 98% of the population who don’t yet sail because they see sailing as an elitist and expensive sport.

But on the technical side the first thing sailing could do is recognize an entry level sailing course applicable to mini keelboats. The options are now do a dinghy course, but we can’t pass you on that as you need to know capsize drill and use a tiller. So, use the keelboat course, but now we need flares and all the tangents applicable to keelboats.

We have a course called Sailing for Everyone Start, and another S4E Racing. How do we get an MNA to endorse these?  Maybe here we have a great opportunity for the Caribbean Sailing Association to lead the world.

I started this talk from the perspective of Universal Design, usually it’s the other way around.

Universal Design and Inclusion are very much related, they are the two sides of the same coin, because If you want inclusion you obviously need to use equipment everyone can use, so the equipment needs to incorporate elements of Universal Design.  You don’t have one without the other.

Whereas UD is about the hardware, Inclusion is the software.  Inclusion is about Diversity, we are all different, we can accept that each individual is unique, so in a way there isn’t really a norm, instead its normal to be different.

Therefore, we should not talk about us able bods over here who are normal, and those disabled people over there who are abnormal. Maybe it’s better to say we are all different, all shades of difference, while some have extreme difference. We can focus that to say simply inclusion accepts everyone as equals, regardless of their apparent difference.

Something else to consider is some people are born with a disability, some acquire it along the way, the rest of us will become terminally disabled sometime before we die. Disability is the one club we can all join in an instant. So, we should accept disability as a normal aspect of life, not an oddity.

To be inclusive activities need to use equipment and rules which level the playing field, which allows everyone the opportunity to be in control, to win or lose in their own right, according to their desire and ability. Inclusion is also about Independence.

Give someone their independence to pursue an activity which they enjoy and they will want to practice it in their own way, and as they improve their skills, through hard work and success they will grow in confidence which will be carried through to other aspects of their life.

Where this might lead, we are not to know, so if we can we should give everyone this chance. To deny it is to deprive someone of their independence. Here’s a quote from Dostoyevsky. “To go wrong in one’s own way is better than to go right in someone else’s”.

Sailing also opens other doors as there is something therapeutic in the motion of a sailboat through moving water, and by giving someone the tiller they are free to blend for themselves the sounds of wind and waves, and control that undulating motion.

So when left alone they are truly free, doing things on their own, often something denied them for years, and for some alone and in charge for the first time in their life.

Recreational sailing is one aspect, but competition too is important as learning to deal with competitive pressure, learning strategies to overcome uncontrollable situations, reacting to equipment and other players all require motor skill, determination and brainpower. Synchronising the mind and body to function together facilitates optimal growth and personal development.

There is also something magical about our little boats which comes from a harmony and elegance in their universal design credentials and the original vision as a perfect little boat to introduce novices, or any ability to sailing.

I’ll finish by saying ramps and handrails, even UD sailboats are about access, inclusion builds on that and makes people from diverse backgrounds feel welcome. So inclusion is more about attitude, a change of heart, about love.

Scallywag joins the growing fleet Antigua Bermuda Race

The Antigua Bermuda Race is organised by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in association with Antigua Sailing Week. The oceanic race will start from Fort Charlotte Antigua, just after Antigua Sailing Week on Wednesday 8th May. The 2019 Antigua Bermuda Race will be the third edition of the 935 nautical mile race through the Atlantic Ocean to Bermuda.

Two months before the start, 20 yachts have now expressed their intention to race. The 100ft superyacht SHK Scallywag, which will be racing with a full complement of world class sailors, has confirmed participation. The smallest is the Open 40 Raucous, skippered by Henry Rourke, which will race double-handed. Two of this year’s entries have competed in all previous editions of the race. Pogo 12.5 Hermes, co-skippered by Meg Reilly (USA) and Morgen Watson (CAN), and Hanse 43 Avanti, skippered by Jeremi Jablonski (USA), which will be racing double-handed.

“Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag’s team owner, SH Lee, is very excited to be racing his 100ft’ Super Maxi with his team in Antigua for the first time in the upcoming 2019 Antigua Bermuda Race,” commented Scallywag skipper Dave Witt (AUS). The 100ft canting keel Scallywag (ex-Ragamuffin) is very capable of breaking the Antigua Bermuda Race record which was set by Stephen Murray, Jr. (USA) racing Volvo 70 Warrior last year (2 days, 18 hours, 32 minutes and 48 seconds). The Antigua Bermuda Race is part of the Atlantic Ocean Race Series and is equally weighted with the RORC Caribbean 600, Rolex Fastnet Race, and Rolex Middle Sea Race. Scallywag will be picking up valuable points prior to the start of the main event for the series, the Transatlantic Race, starting June 25, 2019.

Returning to the race, but competing double-handed this year is Jeremi Jablonski’s Hanse 42 Avanti (USA) © Tim Wright/

The American Hanse 42 Avanti, skippered by Jeremi Jablonski will be racing double-handed with John D’Angelo; both members of the Cedar Point Yacht Club, Westport, Connecticut. Jeremi has raced with John on Avanti for over 10,000 miles. However this will be the first time the pair has competed in this race double-handed. Avanti’s main competition will be debutant Henry Rourke, racing Open 40 Raucous also double-handed.

“I have always raced Avanti with a limited crew offshore. On a small boat like Avanti it is counter-productive to have a big crew because more personal space allows better rest, and for this race, sailing on reaching angles is not so demanding,” commented Jeremi. “We will be hoping for great trade winds for the first few hundred miles. At some point we should get into different weather patterns which can be challenging. For a Corinthian team like ours, the attraction is to race in a high calibre, true ocean race as we have few opportunities to race 1,000 miles. To finish with the reception at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club is special for any sailor, especially as we get such a great welcome. I would encourage more Corinthian teams like ours to take part; it is so unique and not a difficult race.”

Competing for the third time is the Canadian Pogo 12.50 Hermes, co-skippered by Meg Reilly and Morgen Watson. Collectively the team is known as Ocean Racers, an extended network of young sailors from all backgrounds. Meg reports that there are still berths available on Hermes for the 2019 edition.

“We are excited about our third Antigua Bermuda Race, a perfect conclusion to our Caribbean racing season with another great offshore race out of Antigua!” commented Meg. “The Antigua Bermuda Race is one of the best offshore races, nearly 1,000nm, split by a rocket-launching reach out of the trade winds, then the real work comes with strategy, tactics and pure patience in the final miles towards Bermuda. Perfect for anyone’s first offshore race, or those looking to happily avoid the Gulf Stream in a race to Bermuda.”

Ocean Racers, the Canadian Pogo 12.50 Hermes, co-skippered by Meg Reilly and Morgen Watson is seen here at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600 under the Pillars of Hercules, Antigua © Tim Wright/

Entry for the 2019 Antigua Bermuda Race is open for yachts racing under IRC, CSA, and ORCsy. Boats in divisions other than IRC may elect to use auxiliary propulsion during the race, with a time penalty adjustment. The standard entry fee is just US $500 per boat and $50 per crew member. Competitors will be eligible for discounted dockage at RBYC and should be exempt from the standard Bermuda entry tax. The Antigua Bermuda Race is supported by the Bermuda Tourism Authority and Goslings Rum which guarantees a rousing send-off in Antigua and a warm welcome at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

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2019 CSA Rule now published

Members and attendees of the CSA Annual Conference will know that a lot of work has gone into upgrading the platform on which the main CSA rule operates.  Since Barbados Sailing Week in January, the new 2019 CSA Rule has been in operation.

The CSA is now delighted to announce that the updated rule information is also now publicly available on the website here.

Certificates are available on line for review at the website

The CSA Multihull rule is also available to regatta organisers.

Legendary wrap up night for 39th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta​

With the Serious Sailing completed, it was time for Serious Fun as hundreds of competitors at the 39th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta poured into the Regatta Village for the final night celebrations.

The huge flashing stage was set for the prize giving, with Heineken magnums and an array of trophies ready to be handed out to the winning crews. Dr Soc from Island 92, who has been amusing the crowds and reporting the action live on the water throughout the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta was the compere, with Robbie Ferron, one of the original founders of this event, handing out the prizes.

The action started with the Serious Fun Bridge Show. Every day, spectators judge the boats coming though the bridge opening for their fancy dress or other on-board antics. A guest appearance from the Pope on West Wind, a bicycle in the rigging on I Love Poland, and just being hot from Something Hot were all contenders, but it was the crew from Avanti who took the overall prize for their consistent high level of enthusiasm and inventive on-board fancy dressing that gained the highest marks.

The inclusive nature of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta was evident, as Hank Schmitt, founder of the Island Time Class called all competitors in this class onto the stage. Designed for cruisers, this class enables those who don’t usually race to enjoy social racing, with later starts and shorter courses.

Special category prizes included the Round the Island trophy, won by Ineffable for circumnavigating St. Maarten on just 2 hours and 27 minutes and the Fiji Cup was presented to Lascaris for the fastest bareboat rounding of the island.

The CSA 3 Performance 40 Class was announced as the Best Class in the Regatta, with Touch2Play, whose bright pink t-shirts had made them an eye-catching boat on the water proving that their boat handling was just as good as their appearance, being awarded the coveted Sint Maarten Yacht Club Cup for the Most Worthy Performance on Sunday.

The Performance Yacht Racing trophy for Most Worthy Charter Boat was awarded to Spirit of Juno. The Columbus Cup went to KHS&S Contractors, for their clean sweep of firsts making them the overall winners of the Bareboat 2 Class.

With over 22 countries represented at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, there was one country which really stood out, both on shore and on the water. The infectious enthusiasm from the Polish boats as a whole made them the worthy winners of the Xerox Cup for Sprit and Style, presented to all the Polish competitors. Also specific Polish teams were awarded with the SOL Cup for fastest non-spinnaker monohull Round the Island being presented to Sailing Poland, and I Love Poland winning the Windward Island Bank Cup for fastest monohull with spinnaker.

With much hilarity, cheering and support from the crowd, the winning crews were ably managed on and off the stage by the Heineken girls. Matching team kit, national flags, mascots, family members, babes in arms and the now-famous Polish bicycle all made their appearance on stage, with the most elegant presence coming from the entire crew of the mighty Selene, beautifully attired in crisp shorts, white shirts and Panama hats.

Fling 16 won the Most Worthy Performance for Thursday, with Made in Midi taking the UTS Cup for Most Worthy Performance on Friday, and Lady Mariposa awarded the Heineken Cup for Most Worthy Performance Saturday.

Rousing cheers went up as the most coveted prize for Most Worthy Performance Overall throughout the whole event, was presented by the Honourable Minister of Tourism Stuart A Johnson, to Whistler, who also received a stunning watch from the Official Time Keeper ORIS.

Final thanks were given to all the sponsors of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, including the Sint Maarten Tourist Office, Shipwreck Shops, Port St. Maarten; with presenting sponsors ORIS, Motorworld, Fiji Water, Gill, Sunsail, Windward Island Bank, SOL, Carib Web Services, Country Club Port de Plaisance, Yacht Club Port de Plaisance and supporting sponsors Xerox-Obersi Group, Seahawk, Windward Roads, Island 92, Outdoor World, Solstice and of course, title sponsor Heineken.

With the official prize giving completed, the spectators were treated to a sneak preview of the promotional video for the 40t St. Maarten Heineken Regatta which will run from the 5th to 8th March 2020.

The buzzing atmosphere in the Regatta Village came to a head as the legendary bands took to the stage with The Elevators getting the party started followed by Orange Grove, before the eagerly anticipated headline act, The Jacksons, came on stage. With the crowds waving glowing green Heineken batons, The Jacksons performance was outstanding, playing many of their top hits, along with Tito Jackson’s aptly named single, “We Made It”. The dancing and singing carried on late into the night with Shermanology taking the final act into the early hours.

And so the 39th St Maarten Heineken finally drew to a close, with hundreds of smiling, exhilarated and exhausted sailors heading back to their boats for the final time. For some, this is now time to continue their cruising sailing, for others it’s back to work, whether on land or at sea,– but for all, this Regatta will leave unforgettable memories and above all, a desire to be back next year for the 40th St Maarten Heineken Regatta!

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