A Perfect Start – Pure Grenada Race Day One

Racing for the international fleet at Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week started today, Monday 27 January for Pure Grenada Race Day One. Grenada delivered perfect conditions for the first day of racing with 12-15 knots of trade winds from the south east with a comfortable sea state. Race winners on the first day were: Liquid (ANT), Optimus Prime (RUS). Cricket with Anjou Insurances (ANT), Shangri La (BAR) C-MOS (TRI) and The Blue Peter (GBR).

The CSA Classes enjoyed three races today varying in length from 7-14 miles on the leeward side of Grenada. The Classics Class raced on the 14nm Classic Dragon Course taking in the view of the stunning mountainous tropical rainforest to the north of Grenada. The J/24 Class had five short, sharp races on their own windward leeward course.

Cumulative Results: https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=9522

Pamala Baldwin’s J/122 Liquid (Photo: Tim Wright)

In CSA 1, Pamala Baldwin’s J/122 Liquid (ANT), skippered by Jules White, leads the class after three races, having scored a 2-1-1. Richard Szyjan’s Hobie 33 Category 5 (GRN) scored a 4-2-2 to finish the day in second. First 40 Optimus Prime (RUS), skippered by Dimitry Kondratyev, scored a 1-4-8 to finish the day in third place.

“Liquid had a young team which has a lot of agility,” commented Pamala Baldwin. “We had a few errors today but the team recovered well, and a lot of our success is down to time on the water, we practice a lot.”

Norman Da Costa’s Soveral 42 C-MOS (Photo: Tim Wright)

Mathew Barker’s 65ft Alfred Milne sloop The Blue Peter (Photo: Tim Wright)

In CSA 3, Sandy Mair’s First 35 Cricket with Anjou Insurances (ANT) scored a 1-3-3 to tie on points with Norman Da Costa’s Soveral 42 C-MOS (TRI), which leads the class on countback having scored a 4-1-2. Mathew Barker’s 65ft Alfred Milne sloop The Blue Peter (GBR) scored a 5-2-1 to finish the day in third place.

Jahiem Noel is a student from Presentation Brothers College in St. George’s, Grenada and was racing on C-MOS. “The racing today was good,” commented Jahiem. “I usually race a Laser but last year I raced at the regatta on a J/24. C-MOS is a much bigger boat and I was working on the foredeck. I have already learnt so much, especially about working together as part of a team.”

“It’s friendly and the regatta is not trying to rip you off, and I get great racing here against other displacement boats similar to Cricket. I was punching the air with the win today and there is more to come!” smiled Sand Mair, skipper of Cricket (ANT).

In the Classics Class, Free in St Barths (GRN) skippered by Cal Enoe took line honours by just 41 seconds from Jonathan Gittens’ Morgan 41 Shangri La (TRI). However, after time correction the win went to Shangri La, Free in St Barths was second and Zemi (GRN) skippered by Walter Ollivierre was third. Jonathan Gittens and his team sailed to Grenada from the Barbados Yacht Club and have won class at the regatta on two occasions.

“I was shocked at how fast the Carriacou sloop Free is, I was impressed” commented Jonathan Gittens, talking about Free in St Barths, which is skippered by the boat’s builder Cal Enoe. “I come to Grenada for the camaraderie, the friendship, and the competition. To get a win in the first race is great and we will try again tomorrow.”

Hot racing in the J/24 Class (Photo:Tim Wright)

Robbie Yearwood’s Die Hard (GRN) has won nine titles at the regatta in the J/24 Class and came out on top today after five races. “We switch crew positions each race to make it interesting,” said Robbie. “The racing is really close with just seconds deciding the winner. We love it here.” Racing on a windward leeward course off Grand Anse Beach. The J/24s got a good square course with plenty of small shifts in the breeze which oscillated between 100 and 120 degrees. Die Hard scored three bullets, but only lead the class by three points from two boats tied on points for second which both won races today: Gus Reader’s Fadeaway (BAR) and Nick Forsberg’s Jabal (LCA).

The opening ceremony for Island Water World Sailing Week took place on Sunday 26 January at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. Chairman of Grenada Sailing Week, Patrick Brathwaite welcomed crews to the eighth edition of Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week. The Mount Gay rum was flowing and the dance floor was pumped up by a wicked set from Grenadian party band Mystikk. Among the guests was the Hon. Clarice Modeste-Curwen, Minister for Tourism & Civil Aviation. Kimron Corion, Communications Director of Grenada Tourism Authority, awarded prizes for Pure Grenada Race Day. The After-Race Party featured DJ King Turbo at the Victory Bar, Port Louis Marina, with the whole party jumping late into the night.

Racing at Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week continues tomorrow, Tuesday 28 January, with more racing scheduled in the beautiful sailing grounds of the Spice Island Grenada.

Racing outside St.Georges Grenada off Grand Anse Beach (Photo: Arthur Daniel)

For more information including full results: www.grenadasailingweek.com

Oris Swiss Watched Signs Three – Year Regatta Sponsorship

The Sint Maarten Yacht Club and the Sint Maarten Yacht Club Regatta Foundation are pleased to announce that Oris Swiss Watches – the independent manufacturer of Swiss mechanical watches since 1904 – has signed a three-year sponsorship for the brand as the ‘Official Timepiece’ of the legendary St. Maarten Heineken Regatta now in its 40th year; and the rapidly emerging Caribbean Multihull Challenge set for its 2nd annual event in February 2020.

V.J. Geronimo – CEO North America of Oris — has worked closely with the yacht club and the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Foundation – represented by Board Member Stephen Burzon – to create Oris’ first ever significant sailing sponsorship in the Western Hemisphere. According to Geronimo…”Sailing is an art form that fits perfectly with the design and hand-crafted manufacture of our mechanical watches; many of which are made for the ocean. There are different ways to get across the water and different ways to tell time, but nothing is a pure as sailing and true mechanical watches. By joining with both of these powerful sailing events, we have a chance to showcase our product to an affluent and active world-wide audience of men and women who love sailing, the outdoors, and an active lifestyle. In addition we get to fully support the island of St. Maarten/St. Martin which is a place we have done business in for many years.

In announcing this landmark sponsorship, Burzon has applauded the efforts of his fellow board members as well as the key marketing team from the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta in pulling together all of the complicated pieces that this multiple regatta sponsorship entails. Special recognition goes to the efforts of Mike Milpuri of island retailer Ballerina Jewelers who supplies the energy to run the Oris Pop-Up Shops located on site in the regatta villages at both the CMC and the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta events.

For over 115 years, Oris has been making purely mechanical watches in Holstein, Switzerland. Comprised of four worlds: Diving, Aviation, Motor Sport, and Culture, Oris watches are made for everyday wear and offer the luxury of common sense. Staying true to a rich heritage, Oris is one of the few Swiss watch companies to remain independently owned and operated.

About the Caribbean Multihull Challenge Sint Maarten:

The Sint Maarten Yacht Club will host the second annual Caribbean Multihull Challenge from February 14-16, 2020. The event is open to all multihull sailors on racing catamarans and trimarans as well as chartered cats and cruising multis. For more information visit www.smyc.com/caribbean-multihull-challenge.

United Nations of Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week

Sailors from at least 18 different nations will be racing at Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week. At least six Caribbean islands will be represented; Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, Trinidad, and St. Lucia. North American entries come from Canada and the United States. European teams will be competing from Austria, France, and the United Kingdom. Among the teams racing will be crew from Germany, Greece, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Romania, and Switzerland.

“Grenada welcomes all participants to the eighth Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week,” commented Regatta Manager Karen Stiell. “We are excited about the regatta this year, starting at the Camper & Nicholson Port Louis Marina on the West Coast of Grenada with the last 2 race days on the more challenging South Coast, ending the regatta at Secret Harbour Marina in Mount Hartman Bay. Our final night prizegiving and Mount Gay Rum Red Cap party will be at the wonderful Aquarium Restaurant on Magazine Beach. This year we welcome Silversands Grenada who are thrilled to be joining our loyal race day sponsors, Pure Grenada, Sea Hawk Paints and Mount Gay Rum, to offer their support to this growing regatta. The organising committee have been working hard on the complete regatta experience; creating exciting and challenging courses, and ensuring the onshore activities, which are open to all, add an extra dimension.”

Peter Morris’ Frers 43 Jaguar (Photo: Tim Wright)

Proven winners will be returning to Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week, as well as new teams and long-standing entries. Up to ten races are scheduled for CSA1, up to nine for CSA 2 &3 and the Cruising Class. Classics and Carriacou Sloops will have a more leisurely programme of five races, whilst the J/24s will have up to eighteen high-octane close encounters. The fun doesn’t stop after racing, every day has its own prizegiving where competitors will rub shoulders, congratulate the winners, and lime Grenadian style.

Peter Morris’ Frers 43 Jaguar from Trinidad has enjoyed tremendous success at Grenada Sailing Week winning class on five occasions. “We have raced every year for the last 15 years, it is an annual holiday for the team” commented Peter. “Emily of Cowes was stiff competition last year.” According to owner Richard Oswald, British Elan 450 Emily of Cowes has been chartered to Rob Mclean and his team from the Cork 1720 Spider Pig which they race all season in the UK. “She will be racing as Emily and the Piglets.” Smiled Richard.

Farr 65 On Deck, J/122 Liquid and Reflex 38 Touch to Play will all be competing at Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week. (Photo: Tim Wright)

Pamala Baldwin’s Antiguan based J/122 Liquid will be skippered by Jules White. “We love to race and we are like a family, all of the crew apart from myself are under 30. This will be the fourth year in a row we have raced, making the podium every regatta, winning the Traveller’s Trophy 2019 for best Caribbean racing yacht.”

Antiguan Bernie Evan-Wong has been coming to Grenada Sailing Week for the last 15 years making the podium with his former boats Hi Tension and Huey Too and will be racing this year with his all-carbon RP36 Taz. “Grenada is one of my favourite Caribbean Islands, it is stunningly beautiful!” commented Bernie. “The people are just so naturally friendly and welcoming that even though we have to sail 350 miles each way, it’s well worth the trip.”
The J/24 Class offer some of the hottest racing at the regatta. Gus Reader has been coming every year since 2007 and this year will be with his Barbadian team racing Fadeaway. Nick Forsberg from Rodney Bay St. Lucia is also a regular at the regatta but claims; “it is all a bit hazy before 2018 but we love the rivalry and the friendship!”

From Austria, Dieter Huppenkothen will be racing his Swan 43 Rasmus which has been racing nearly every year since 2005. Rasmus’ best result is second and the team from Vienna will be hoping to get that elusive win. Johnathan Gittens has sailed his Morgan 41 Shangri La down from Barbados, this will be their fourth regatta having won class in 2015 and 2017. Jean-Michel Figueres returns with his Martinique team racing Farr 40 Maisons Satec, this will be their third regatta. Debutants for Grenada Sailing Week include Edward & Jonathan Kacal’s First 38 Petit Careme, from Port of Spain, Trinidad.

The two largest entries at Grenada Sailing Week are Mathew Barker’s beautiful Alfred Milne designed classic The Blue Peter and Peter Anthony’s Antiguan Farr 65 Spirit of Juno. The latter has kindly offered to take two Grenadian youth sailors on board for the week along with their charter guests.

Grenada and its islands have over 200 years of history, locally built Carriacou Sloops will be racing in the Classics class at Grenada Sailing Week.

Grenada and its islands have over 200 years of history in boat building and the locally built Carriacou Sloops will be racing in the Classics class at Grenada Sailing Week. Danny Donelan’s Savvy Yacht Charters has three entries. Savvy will be skippered by Danny with a crew from Louisiana and Texas. Free In St Barths will be skippered by Cal Enoe with a Canadian team and Zemi will be skippered by Walter Ollivierre. Cal is the son of Alwyn Enoe, the celebrated family which is featured in the movie Vanishing Sails. Walter has been racing Carriacou Sloops for over a decade and is himself a renowned boat builder. Crew spots are still available on Zemi, and for sailing fans in Grenada that would like to watch, rather than race, the traditional Caribbean schooner, Jambalya, is available for groups or individuals to watch the racing in style!

“Grenada Sailing Week feels like a family, more so than any other regatta than I have done in the Caribbean,” commented Danny Donelan. “The sailing conditions are very good and the race management is very professional, everything starts on time and runs smoothly. More than anything else, the parties at the end of the night are amazing; everybody gets together and has a good laugh, Grenada Sailing Week is a lot of fun.”

Jean-Michel Figueres returns with his Martinique team racing Farr 40 Maisons Satec. (Photo: Maisons Satec)

For more information including online entry: www.grenadasailingweek.com

Antigua Classics New Course and NOR

They are looking forward to a successful 2020 regatta with new courses off Rendezvous Bay to the north of the entrance to Falmouth Harbour. The sparkling waters and trade winds of Antigua are waiting for you!

The Notice of Race is now published, please click here to view it. You are welcome to register if you haven’t already done so here, note the fees are reduced prior to March 1st 2020. Dragon charters are still available as first come first serve. Firm up your plans to attend this spirited and friendly event.

They are also announcing two new silver sponsors to the regatta – Paul & Shark for yachting clothing, synonymous with Italian elegance and style, and Zaoli Sails for aerodynamic performance sails with strength and style for any type of boat.

There’s a great group of yachts planning to attend, the vintage and classic schooners Mary Rose and Columbia, spirit of tradition yachts Chloe-Giselle and Freya of Midgard, training vessels Ocean Star, Ruth and New Moon to name a few.

The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta Perpetual Dragon Trophy was delivered back to Antigua this month from the 2018 Champion Mike Toppa of Fort Lauderdale Yacht Club to the 2019 Champion and 2020 defending competitor Rocco Falcone of Antigua Yacht Club. Other competitors for 2020 are Paul Hoj-Jensen of the Royal Yacht Squadron, a two time gold medal and multiple world champion, and Andreas Zaoli of San Remo. Dragon charters are still available as first come first served.

Check out our expected entries list here and follow us on social media https://www.facebook.com/antiguaclassics/

Andrzej Jawurek from Sailing Classics has kindly shared his video from last year’s regatta, here is the trailer https://vimeo.com/352034248 and the full 14-minute version https://vimeo.com/384328693

For more information please visit www.antiguaclassics.com
Press Officer Ginny Field press@antiguaclassics.com

The Moorings Onboard for 2020 St. Thomas International Regatta, Organizers Add New Class

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Organizers of the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), set for March 27-29, 2020, are pleased to announce that The Moorings, the Clearwater, Florida-headquartered world’s premier yacht charter company, will once again sponsor the use of one of its custom-designed catamarans as a committee boat. This means the familiar blue- and red-, wave-like, M-shaped logo of The Moorings will once again be a familiar sight to sailors as they start and finish each race.

“Having the Moorings involved with STIR for over a decade is a tremendous advantage to our event,” says Bill Canfield, who co-directs the 2020 regatta with Pat Bailey. “Not only are we supplied with an excellent committee boat, but the vessel also serves as a on the water hotel for our PRO’s (Principal Race Officers). The cost saving is tremendous and as a committee boat platform it just can’t be beat. We could not run STIR without wonderful support like this from the Moorings.”

The Moorings 514PC (power cat) was designed to provide a stable platform on the water, and to maximize the Caribbean charter experience. Spacious, stable, and fuel efficient, the Moorings 514PC has set the standard for power cat design since it first launched and has become a staple in The Moorings fleet at its destinations worldwide. It’s the ideal platform from which to run a regatta as efficiently as possible.

“The Moorings was founded in the Virgin Islands over 50 years ago, so the region is certainly near and dear to our hearts, and we feel strongly about supporting the events that continue to draw visitors to this sailing mecca time and time again,” says Ian Bockman-Pedersen, senior marketing manager at The Moorings and Sunsail. “It is our honor and pleasure to continue to be an integral part in the boating community throughout the Virgin Islands and to participate in longstanding traditions such as the STIR.”

STIR, celebrating its 47th year, is a globally-recognized regatta renowned for its fantastic racing, first-class race committee and friendly can-do attitude towards its competitors.

New Class for 2020

There’s something for everyone at STIR 2020. This year, organizers are adding a PHRF-rated class with racing on March 28 and 29.

“We are excited about giving local working sailors a chance to compete in an international event in their home waters via a less competitive and friendly class,” says Canfield.

Beyond this, STIR offers CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association-handicap) Racing and Cruising; IRC; ORC; Multihull; Beach Cat and One Design classes with a minimum length of 20-feet. There’s also a one-design Hobie Wave class.

Bring your own boat or charter! Several companies offer charters: stthomasinternationalregatta.com/regatta/charter-companies/ Or, crew, find crew or a charter for STIR through Tendrr: tendrr.co/events/stir Or, charter an IC24 from the St. Thomas Sailing Center stthomassailingcenter.com

Register now: yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=9666 Pay only US $150, or 50% off the regular entry fee until January 31, 2020.

Register too for the Round the Rocks Race, on March 26: yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=9665.

Getting Here & Staying is Easy! These airlines fly direct from major U.S. cities: American (Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New York, Philadelphia), Delta (Atlanta, New York), JetBlue (Boston, San Juan), Spirit (Fort Lauderdale, Orlando) and United (Chicago, Houston, Newark, Washington Dulles). Airlines connecting St. Thomas to the Caribbean include Air Sunshine, Cape Air, LIAT and Seaborne Airlines. Accommodations include hotels, B&B’s, resorts, villas, condos, VRBO rentals and Airbnb’s. Visit: www.visitusvi.com and usvihta.com

‘We Love It Here!, You Will Too!’ www.stthomasinternationalregatta.com, Email: stycisv@gmail.com, Call (340) 775-6320.

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Get Your Spring Sailing Groove On!

Sun. Warm. Cocktails. Beach. Sailing. If any part of this sounds good, get yourself to the Caribbean for the 49th BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. 2020 promises to be another great event with a format that has proven a winner: Race week schedule will include the traditional Round Tortola Race for the Nanny Cay Cup, followed by Scrub Island Invitational on day two of racing in the Sailing Festival. Three great days of racing follow for the 49th BVI Spring Regatta.

A week-long racing adventure in the stunning islands of the British Virgin Islands is one not to be quickly forgotten, as is borne out by the numerous competitors who return annually to soak up the sun and enjoy the joy of trade wind racing. BVI Spring Regatta competitors join the friendly competition from all corners of the world, some racing their own boats with long-time crew and others who choose to bareboat charter from the event’s long-time partners Sunsail and The Moorings, or charter race-ready boats from companies like Global Yacht Racing, LV Yachting Limited, and Caribbean Races.

The Moorings and Sunsail, with their home base in Tortola, have provided excellent racing bareboats and the use of custom-designed catamarans as committee boats for the event.
“Sunsail has added new boats to their fleet which is a bonus for sailors looking to charter bareboats – in 2019, five Sunsail 41′ s made up Bareboat 3 division so expect to see that class grow,” said Ian Pedersen, marketing manager. The winner of the Sunsail Bareboat fleet also wins the International Yacht Club Challenge prize – a free Sunsail charter.

Sailing on courses between the islands, on the Caribbean Sea and Sir Francis Drake Channel keep the competitive bareboat fleet in the BVI Spring Regatta on their toes – Papillon far right © Ingrid Abery

Andy Friedman (S/V Papillon) from Bensalem, PA, is back for his third BVI Spring Regatta – the great racing keeps bringing him back. “One would think sailing bareboats would be somewhat sedate. Nothing is further from the truth. Some of the crews are experienced and the starts can be quite intense, the racing very exciting, and the competition is great. I can’t say enough about the event. It really is a first-class regatta – the race committee is fantastic in coordinating the starts and setting great courses. The regatta village has been wonderful with all the food vendors and a great place to meet all the other crews.”

As Friedman pointed out, bareboat racing with just main and jib is a perfect way for crews who are not that experienced to get involved – it also means that teams don’t need a very large crew. Just charter a boat and come on down!

Following a successful debut in 2019 with an 8-strong fleet, the Hanse class will be back this year and expecting even a bigger turnout of Hanse owners and chartered Hanse yachts competing, including Juan Teixidor from Puerto Rico who took five bullets and first in class last year on his Hanse 455 PortoMar.

PortoMar, Juan Teixidor’s Puerto Rican Hanse 455 is back to defend his class win and will compete in a bigger Hanse fleet in this year’s BVI Spring Regatta © Ingrid Abery.

For sailing teams who are looking for BVI action this spring, LV Yachting Limited keeps a fleet of race-ready performance charter boats in the Caribbean. Co-owner Lucy Jackson said, “It’s not too late, we still have some great racing yachts available to charter so if you want some warm water pre-season training, there isn’t a better option than the BVI Spring Regatta.”

Andy Middleton of Global Yacht Racing, a pay-to-play charter operation, will also be back with a team racing on the Grand Soleil 43 Jua Kali. “We enter teams of individuals in major regattas around the world, often with podium results. We believe that as far as yacht racing goes; ‘anyone can do it,’ and our ethos is one of inclusiveness. We provide great training for the crew, so everyone is a valuable team member and gets involved.”

Spring Regatta regulars already signed up include Peter Corr/Blitz (King 40 – USA/USVI ), Pamela Baldwin/Liquid (J122 – ANU), Rob Butler/Touch2PlayRacing (Reflex 38 – CAN), and Sam Talbot/Spike (J111-USA), as well as locals Eddie Brockbank/Lucky 7 (Corsair Spring 750 – BVI), Chris Haycraft/Pinger (Corsair F27 – BVI) and Joseph San Martin/Piglet (Newick Tee Gull 23 – USVI). Back to play in the Offshore Multihull fleet is Fujin, the Biecker 53 catamaran as well as competitors from the Gunboat fleet including Coco de Mer, Flow and Mach Schnell.

Fujin returns to join the highly competitive Offshore Multihull fleet which includes Coco de Mer and other Gunboats © Ingrid Abery.

“For anyone interested in having a great week sailing and partying with sailors from around the world this is the place,” Friedman added. “To meet and sail against crews from around the Caribbean, US and Europe is really fun and something I don’t get to experience sailing in local club races at home. Beautiful scenery and great sailing in relatively protected waters; it’s a sailors paradise and very special having islands as marks!”

“Our host Nanny Cay, and our Village and Race Committee crew, is set to provide another stellar BVI Spring Regatta for the 49th edition of this fabulous regatta,” Judy Petz, Regatta Director said. “We are thrilled that so many sailors from around the world continue to put the BVI Spring Regatta on their annual calendar and we hope those who have yet to experience this special sailing event make it to our beautiful islands in 2020.”

For further information please go to:https://bvispringregatta.org/

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ENDS/… Michelle Slade

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