That’s A Wrap! The Diam 24 Merlin Named Most Worthy Performer, the HH66 Nemo Crushes CSA 1 Racing Class to Conclude the 6th Edition of the Caribbean Multihull Challenge Race and Rally

After a challenging four-days of unusual Caribbean light weather, close competition on the race course and an adventurous island tour of St.Maarten /St. Martin and St. Barth’s for the cruising set, the 6th running of the Caribbean Multihull Challenge Race and Rally concluded last evening at the prizegiving ceremony on the grounds of the host organization, the St. Maarten Yacht Club. It was a time to celebrate the latest excellent edition of the annual event, and look ahead to the future.

The Most Worthy Performer prize went to Alexis de Boucaud’s Diam 24 Merlin, which strung together eight victories in a 12-race series to win the expertly driven 10-boat class of sprightly trimarans. In presenting the award, CMC steering committee member Robbie Ferron had high praise for the popular, growing fleet of one-design multihulls, which are taking the island by storm. “The Caribbean has never seen a fleet of this quality with racing this close and competitive,” he said. “It was very, very impressive.”

In accepting the award, de Boucaud heaped high praise on his close-knit crew comprised of tactician Benoit Champanhac and floater Ivan Skobtsoy. “We weighed in at 257 kilos —the minimum weight in the class is 220 kilos — and we were definitely the heaviest of all the Diams,” said de Boucaud. “We were worried in the light air that we’d be hammered.”

Instead, they took the class in rather dominating fashion, finishing the regatta by winning three of the last four races. “We spent two days prepping the boat beforehand, and then practiced for a day-and-a-half,” he continued. “Teamwork was the key. We had really good, aggressive, excellent starts. We quickly saw that Erick Clement’s Karibuni was going to be our main competition, so we had our eyes on them like hawks. We covered them on every tack and jibe, it was like match racing. Anticipate, anticipate, anticipate, that’s what we tried to do. In the end, it was really about flawless maneuvering more than anything else.”

There was no shortage of rock-star talent in the CSA 1 class, with a pair of 66-foot heavyweights trading punches throughout the 8-race series. Aboard Ricardo Pavoncelli’s Gunboat 66 Mana, the crew included two offshore legends: Brit Brian Thompson and Frenchman Loick Peyron. But American Todd Slynstad’s squad on Nemo was no slouch, and included pro sailors Ryan Breymaier, Mat Bryant and Jan Majer. It was a winning combination, as Nemo registered three bullets on the final day of racing to seal the CSA 1 championship.

“I always worry about coming here to St. Maarten with Nemo because the trade winds typically blow much more than what we had, but this time they didn’t,” said Slyngstad. “The whole regatta kind of fell right into our wheelhouse and played to our strengths. We were able to utilize all of our tools. It was fun and not too stressful.”

Slyngstad had high praise for the CMC organizers, and also revealed that the regatta was also a swan song of sorts for Nemo. “This regatta is always fun, it’s such a great place to sail and everyone does a great job,” he said. “Nemo has been a great boat but I’m going to move up now to a MOD 70 trimaran and hope to move up a notch in boat speed and have some more fun.”

As Slyngstad noted, with the usual easterly trades on hiatus, the conditions were unlike what the Caribbean generally dashes up. In fact, with no breeze whatsoever on the event’s third day with high pressure settled atop St. Maarten, principal race officer Chris Mansfield was forced to cancel the day’s competition. But Mansfield and his team did an excellent job taking what the weather gods offered, and was able to conduct three fine days of competition.

The weather presented few issues for the 16 yachts in the Rally portion of the event, which visited Great Bay, Orient Bay, Anse Marcel and St. Barth’s over the course of their travels, a movable feast which featured shoreside parties, music and food all along the way. When all was over, at the prizegiving a pair of Rally entries also scored awards: Carlota’s Promiss won the time trials in which boats were challenged to predict their expected times of each leg of the Rally. And Ron Boehm’s Antrim Perry 52 Little Wing took home a pair of prizes, for both the Navigational Challenge and the Bingo Card Challenge, in which the Rally boats were charged with completing a host of tasks along the way.

Elaine Lembo, the editor of the popular Caribbean Compass sailing magazine, sailed in the Rally aboard the Sunsail 424 charter boat Midsixty. “It was such a great experience,” she said. “You can bring your own boat or charter one. It’s a great opportunity to go sailing, be in the warmth and sunshine, and meet so many like-minded souls. What’s not to like?”

In summation, long time sponsor and CMC supporter Chris Marshall of F.K.G. Rigging said, “CMC VI was another wonderful, very successful event. The light air meant they couldn’t run the big distance races like the FKG 60 Mile Sprint sponsored by our firm, but that’s sailboat racing. The organizers certainly think this year was an outlier, so they’ll be back stronger than ever in 2025 with a full slate of inshore and offshore racing, the Cruising Rally, and the great shoreside activities at the St. Maarten Yacht Club and other venues. We will be there and we will try again for the Sprint. See you then.”

Sustaining a Legacy: Over 100 Boats Registered for 44th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta


Sustaining a Legacy: Over 100 Boats Registered for the 44th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 

 

February 16, 2024 — Simpson Bay — The 44th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, February 29 – March 3, will be celebrating key values of sustainability and innovation, and has attracted teams with similar values. Over 100 international boats, 113 at the time of writing, are making the annual pilgrimage by sail to compete in this bucket-list regatta.

Hundreds of boats and sailors descending into Simpson Bay, plus a fleet of charter teams flying in, can make a big impact on an island and the environment. To ensure the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta maintains a positive impact on the island, both economically and environmentally, the event has written sustainability into its core values.

At the Regatta Village at Port de Plaisance and throughout the many event locations, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta promotes and supports environmental initiatives. Last weekend in partnership with the Sint Maarten Yacht Club and the St. Maarten Nature Foundation, the event hosted the annual beach clean up of the sailor and community-favorite Kim Sha beach. Local youth, sailors, and members of the community rallied together to preserve the natural environment and historic host site of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. 

In addition to Regatta-run sustainability initiatives, the event also attracts many teams with similar values and projects. One such team this year, a Swan 65 Blue Magic, is sponsored by CORE POWER, a global leader in the development of new nuclear technologies for the maritime sector with a mission for zero emissions. 

“Moving the maritime industry away from fossil fuels presents an almost insurmountable challenge of scale. New Nuclear for Maritime is that solution, no other energy source or power system gives us a truly zero emissions footprint,” said Jen Weineck, Head of Marketing for CORE POWER. “We share many of the core values seen in yacht racing, including a desire to protect our marine environment and the value of teamwork to reach our goals, which is why we have decided to align ourselves with the sport and sponsor our CORE POWER colleague Tony Huston and his crew on the Blue Magic.”

The Blue Magic team is made up of long-time friends and competitors, mostly from the International One Design Class. The team has deep big boat racing experience, and includes IOD World and regional champions. “Although a first time St. Maarten Heineken Regatta for some of the crew, we have solid venue experience and expect to be competitive in what is universally known as the premier regatta in the Caribbean,” said Blue Magic Captain and CORE POWER Managing Director, Tony Huston. 

There are three Swan 65s currently registered for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, from Switzerland, Germany and Sweden, showing the enduring popularity of this historic blue water yacht class. Crafted as the flagship of Nautor’s Swan, the Swan 65s ceased production in the 1980s, but are still going strong today. Swan has continued to innovate and a new-century Swan 100, L’Hippocampe from Spain, will join the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta for the first time this year. 

Innovation is a driving force of sustainability, and the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is integrating technology and innovative solutions to sustainably grow as an event. This year, the event is utilizing Sail Insight technology to trial live tracking and performance analytics with the island’s local Diam24 fleet. The growth of this local fleet has provided a new high-performance one-design charter option that attracts international sailors; and the new tech will further attract performance-oriented sailors to the event. 

“We are trialing this race software with the Diam24s for both safety, performance and just pure fun reasons. The Diam24 trimarans race around the island with the rest of the fleet, and from personal experience racing them I know, if capsized, they will require assistance. The tracking systems allows our operations team to monitor the Diam24s, while also providing the teams with access to cool performance software and analytics,” explained Regatta Operations Chair Morgen Watson. “It also offers a live feed for spectators to see these boats whip around the course — so it’s a win-win-win!”

On the shore-side, Regatta revelers will get an enhanced viewing experience with the new access to track the fleet live and where to spot racing. Select “Regatta Ready” venues around the island, such as the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, will have the live tracker and Island92 live video feeds running through the event to offer real-time reporting. Island visitors can connect to all of the “Serious Fun!” on the water by picking the ideal viewing spot and grabbing a Heineken, Tito’s cocktail or popping a bottle of Veuve Clicquot at one of the “Regatta Ready” venues during the week of the Regatta: Sint Maarten Yacht Club, Dinghy Beach Bar, K Beach, Holland House, Seaview Beach Hotel, and Bikini Beach Bar.

Then at 6 PM Thursday-Sunday, the Port de Plaisance Regatta Village is open to the public for the daily prize giving to celebrate the teams’ performances on the water. Musical performers then take the stage, including international headliners Tarrus Riley, Kevin Lyttle, Rupee and more. Tickets are available at Divico, Mailbox, Vandorp and other island retail locations as well as on the Kband app. Learn more about the Regatta schedule and to purchase tickets online on the event website: www.heinekenregatta.com/schedule/ 

This year at the Port de Plaisance Regatta Village, regatta sponsor Divico is leading a recycled cup initiative, supported by Cup Zero, to help reduce single use plastics at the event. Cup Zero is a sustainability company focused on providing reusable products and services designed to eliminate single-use waste. “We believe that there is a better way than throw-away, and want to empower all Regatta visitors with the ability to be zero-waste,” shared Tanvi Goklani, Heineken Brand Marketing Executive.

Visitors are encouraged to plan their stay sustainably, and take advantage of eco-friendly transport options such as carpooling and the Regatta Village Shuttle from the Sint Maarten Yacht Club. This year, the Regatta Village Water Shuttle will be running in support and benefit of the Sint Maarten Yacht Club’s junior and accessibility sailing programs for $5/person/trip. Sailors, visitors and locals are all welcome at the Port de Plaisance Regatta Village to enjoy a melange of Caribbean food, drinks, entertainment and music in celebrations of the 44th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta: February 29 – March 3, 2024! 

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

Celebrating 44 years, this Regatta just keeps getting better, four days of world-class racing with some of the world’s most seasoned sailors, hailing from over 35 countries. This is genuinely a Regatta for everyone, including professional teams sailing Maxis, Monohulls, and Performance Multihulls to holiday-makers on chartered Bareboats to live-aboard families cruising the Caribbean. Crystal clear waters and cooling northeast trade winds give the pristine conditions for spectacular racing just off the coast of St. Maarten. This event is your bucket list must-do! Come and enjoy life in the Caribbean; come for some Serious Fun from February 29 until March 3, 2024!

For complete information on the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, including results, photos, videos, party and band information, and much, much more, visit: www.heinekenregatta.com.

RORC Nelson’s Cup Series: Day Two – Sizzling on the south side

Antigua, West Indies February 14, 2024: The RORC Nelson’s Cup Series continued, Wednesday 14 February, with two hi-octane races in tropical heat. For the second day running there were fine margins right through the fleet. After four races, no boat remains unbeaten in the RORC Nelson’s Cup Series.

With two races yet to be run to complete the RORC Nelson’s Cup Series, Wendy Schmidt’s Botin 85 Deep Blue (USA) leads IRC Zero. Frederic Puzin’s Ker 46 Daguet 3 (FRA) leads IRC One. On equal points in IRC Two is RP37 Warthog (ANT) and JPK 1180 Dawn Treader (GBR). Warthog skippered by Jules Mitchell leads the class on countback.

Congratulations to today’s race winners: Deep Blue, Leopard 3, Ino Noir, Daguet 3, Dawn Treader, and Warthog.

Latest Results here.

https://sailracehq.com/results/event/21c95379-fc42-4b29-978e-ed63b5c2f88b

For the second day of the RORC Nelson’s Cup Series the gradient breeze was still south of east with a slight increase from the first day up to 15 knots. Once again, PRO Stefan Kunstmann set different tracks for all three IRC classes. However, race lengths in general were slightly shorter, ranging from 9-16 miles. Sea state inshore, especially at the starts featured short chop. Offshore a longer wave pattern and solid breeze produced fast downwind conditions.

Farr 100 Leopard 3 (MON) skippered by Joost Schuijff © Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Leopard 3’s Chris Sherlock commented: “Leopard is doing the RORC Nelson’s Cup Series because we wanted some inshore training after four months of offshore racing; the owners are really enjoying the regatta. The team have enjoyed the five o’clock beers at the end of racing and it’s a great series before the big race. It is looking a bit light for the round Antigua on Friday, so not a record forecast, but we will be trying out some new sails. The weather has been kind this year and I am pretty sure we will be back next year.”

James Neville’s Carkeek 45 Ino Noir (GBR) © Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Ino Noir’s James Neville commented: “It’s great to come out here at this time of year and start the sailing season early, plus we haven’t done any inshore racing since Cowes Week. So, it’s good to get back into it and warm up for the big one next week. Racing has been really tight for the series. Also with quite long legs there is plenty of compression and separation. You just have to stay on your game and keep your boat speed up. I hope that this event is going to grow and grow, especially with local boats joining in.”

RP37 Warthog (ANT), skippered by Jules Mitchell and Ed Bell’s JPK 1180 Dawn Treader (GBR) © Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

 

Dawn Treader’s Mark Spearman commented: “We are having a great battle with Warthog. As soon as it gets light they are faster than us and it’s hard to keep up. It’s great racing and a really good way to prepare for the Caribbean 600; getting the crew working well together and also to learn more about the conditions. Warthog is a local team and they have local knowledge that we are very interested in. This is all good for the big battle we are expecting for the 600.”

After racing, a relaxed daily prizegiving was held at Antigua Yacht Club with prizes and complimentary drinks provided by RORC Caribbean 600 sponsors – English Harbour 5 Year Old Rum and Carib Beer. Tomorrow the RORC fleet have a lay day with racing continuing on Friday 16th February with the 52-mile Antigua 360. Thirty teams are expected including seven multihulls and Tiger Tyson kite boarding!

 

Antiguan Tiger Tyson will be kite boarding round the island in the Antigua 360 on Friday © Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Race Analysis:
Race Day Two RORC Nelson’s Cup Series

Race Three:
Weather: South Easterly 13-15 knots ESE. Course Length: IRC 2 9.1nm, IRC 1 9.8nm, Zero 12.4nm.

IRC Zero:

Wendy Schmidt’s Botin 85 Deep Blue made it three wins in a row, but by the narrowest of margins. Farr 100 Leopard 3 (MON) skippered by Joost Schuijff took line honours for the race, but after IRC time correction Deep Blue won by just eight seconds; roughly a virtual boat length.

IRC One:

The closest match-up of the regatta so far had the full race podium decided after IRC time correction by just 33 seconds. James Neville’s Carkeek 45 Ino Noir won a thriller, scoring their first bullet of the regatta by 14 seconds from Frederic Puzin’s Ker 46 Daguet 3. Niklas Zennstrom’s Carkeek 52 Rán was just 19 seconds behind Daguet 3 after IRC time correction.

IRC Two:

Ed Bell’s JPK 1180 Dawn Treader was the winner by just over a minute after IRC time correction to regain the class lead for the series. RP37 Warthog skippered by Jules Mitchell was second. Frans van Cappelle and Michelle Witsenburg’s J/122 Moana (NED) scored their first podium finish for the RORC Nelson’s Cup.

Race Four:

Weather: SSE 13-15 knots. Course Length: IRC 2 8.8nm, IRC 1 13.8nm, Zero 15.9nm.

IRC Zero:

Farr 100 Leopard 3 (MON) skippered by Joost Schuijff took line honours and the race win after IRC time correction by over five minutes from Wendy Schmidt’s Botin 85 Deep Blue.

IRC One:

Frederic Puzin’s Ker 46 Daguet 3 got back to winning ways with their third bullet of the regatta. Missing out on a race win once again by a very tight margin was Niklas Zennstrom’s Carkeek 52 Rán; just 17 seconds behind after IRC time correction. James Neville’s Ino Noir was less than a minute behind Rán.

IRC Two:

RP37 Warthog skippered by Jules Mitchell scored their second bullet of the regatta to retake the series lead in the class from Ed Bell’s Dawn Treader, which was second in Race 4 by just over a minute after IRC time correction. The Dutch J/122 Moana scored their second podium finish of the regatta.

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BVI Spring Regatta Final Leg Of Caribbean Maxi Multihull Series

The 2024 BVI Spring Regatta is the fourth and final leg in the inaugural International Maxi Association (IMA) Caribbean Maxi Multihull Series (CMMS). The series has been created by the IMA following its successful series in the Mediterranean for maxi monohulls.

The IMA Caribbean Maxi Multihull Series (CMMS) comprises a mix of inshore and offshore races:

1) Caribbean Multihull Challenge Race and Rally (St Maarten): 1-4 February
2) RORC Caribbean 600 (Antigua-Antigua): start 19 February
3) St Maarten Heineken Regatta (St Maarten): 29 February-3 March
4) BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival (Tortola, BVI): 1-7 April

The 2024 BVI Spring Regatta is the fourth and final leg in the inaugural International Maxi Association Caribbean Maxi Multihull Series.

As with other IMA series, this is open to maxis – ie yachts of 60+ft (18.29m) LH – but in this case multihulls. The winner will have their name engraved on a silver perpetual trophy, put up by the IMA.

To qualify for the 2024 IMA Caribbean Maxi Multihull Series teams must compete in a minimum of two events to qualify. Those that sail more can discard their worst result. Teams that compete in more events are rewarded in the end of series scoring.

The 2024 IMA Caribbean Maxi Multihull Series started in early February with St Maarten Yacht Club’s Caribbean Multihull Challenge Race and Rally. After the penultimate day Todd Slyngstad’s well practiced team on their HH66 catamaran Nemo and Riccardo Pavoncelli’s Gunboat 66 Mana were tied on points. On the final day a trio of bullets for Nemo secured her the first victory of the Caribbean multihull racing season and first points in the CMMS.

The IMA CMMS resumes on 19 February with the RORC Caribbean 600, the sole offshore race of the CMMS, which the Royal Ocean Racing Club organises in association with Antigua Yacht Club. Multihulls have a long tradition competing in this, since the first edition when an ORMA 60 trimaran establishing a race record of 40 hours 11 minutes 5 seconds. Today the record stands at just 29 hours 38 mins 44 seconds; set in 2022 by Jason Carroll’s MOD70 Argo.

This year while three MOD70s, including Argo and 2023 line honours winner, Erik Maris’ Zoulou, will be competing for line honours, they will line up with Adrian Keller’s Irens 84 catamaran Allegra, the defending MOCRA class champion.

The series then returns north for the 44th St Maarten Heineken Regatta, also organised by Sint Maarten Yacht Club. One of the Caribbean’s oldest regattas, competitors are attracted by the island’s crystal clear waters and northeasterly trades that provide an opportunity for brisk sailing. Each day competitors are sent off on either a coastal course, including, if conditions allow, a race around St Maarten, or up to four inshore races.

Concluding the IMA CMMS in early April is the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, organised by the Royal BVI Yacht Club and hosted by Nanny Cay Marina in Tortola over the first week of April.

The week kicks off with the Round Tortola Nanny Cay Cup, first of two races in the BVI Sailing Festival which is followed by the Scrub Island Invitational where competitors race to an idyllic island resort to enjoy a BBQ, live entertainment and awards in a paradise setting.

Following a layday racing resumes with three days of windward-leewards on the BVI’s magnificent St Francis Drake Channel. The professional race committee set courses daily making full use of the variety of offshore and protected channel sailing, with up to three races a day, with maxi multihulls competing in the Performance Multihull class.

IMA & Maxi Multihull Racing

The initiative is in line with the IMA’s remit, as tasked to it by the governing body of the sport, World Sailing: to oversee, nurture and develop maxi yacht racing internationally. As its other monohull maxi series have shown, the aim of the Caribbean Maxi Multihull Series is to provide focus upon and consolidation in a few key events, thereby growing fleets and increasing competitor enjoyment.

While maxi racing as a sport has existed for decades, if not centuries, private owner maxi multihull racing is a much newer discipline. Owners have been enjoying ultra-hot competition between heavily turboed, and today often fully flying, former MOD70 trimarans, while the last two decades has seen huge advances in hi-tech and ultra high performance cruising catamarans, led by Gunboat, some of whose owners wish to race.

As to why the IMA has chosen to hold this series in the Caribbean, Secretary General Andrew McIrvine explains: “At present there are groups of high performance multihulls, some in the USA and others in Europe. The Caribbean represents a natural annual meeting place for these two groups. As we’ve seen in the past their numbers are greatest in the events there.”

Since it was founded in 1979, the IMA has been dedicated purely to overseeing and developing the monohull side of the sport. Today private owner maxi multihull racing has converged with the monohull world: both use the same technology, created to the same high standards of design, engineering and build; both are sailed by similarly high calibre crew. In fact some owners, such as Highland Fling 18’s Lord Irvine Laidlaw, have made the transition from one to two hulls – his Gunboat 80 offering exceptional performance but also a more stable platform that is less physically demanding on him.

The 2024 BVI Spring Regatta is the fourth and final leg in the inaugural International Maxi Association Caribbean Maxi Multihull Series.

Early Bird Special ends February 29th

The 2024 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta is shaping up to be a fantastic year. The Classic Regatta is a vibrant celebration of maritime culture, featuring terrific racing, social events, parties, and opportunities for sailors to mingle and share their passion for classic yachting, so don’t miss it.

Register and pay by the close of business on the 29th of February to take advantage of the significant savings of the Early Bird Special.

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RORC Nelson’s Cup Series: Day One – A Sensational Start

Antigua, West Indies February 13, 2024: The RORC Nelson’s Cup Series kicked off today with two superb races starting off Fort Charlotte, Antigua. Race results were decided by very close margins. Two teams remain unbeaten in the RORC Nelson’s Cup Series: Wendy Schmidt’s Botin 85 Deep Blue (USA) and Frederic Puzin’s Ker 46 Daguet 3 (FRA). RP37 Warthog (ANT), skippered by Jules Mitchell with an all-Antiguan crew, leads IRC Two on countback from Ed Bell’s Dawn Treader (GBR).

Results Link:

https://sailracehq.com/results/event/21c95379-fc42-4b29-978e-ed63b5c2f88b

Fantastic conditions produced close racing right through the RORC fleet. PRO Stefan Kunstmann set different tracks for all three IRC classes; course lengths ranged from 10-23 miles. After a windward start for every race, crews and their boats were tested on every point of sail. Tropical heat with sunshine bursting through the cloud cover produced shifty conditions. There was also a variety in sea state; inshore the sea state was choppy with a knot of windward current standing up the waves. Offshore, especially to the east, a building breeze topping out at 17 knots produced a longer wave pattern.

Wendy Schmidt’s Botin 85 Deep Blue (CAY) & Farr 100 Leopard 3 (MON) © Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Deep Blue strategist and America’s Cup winner David Armitage commented: “We have made a few changes to the boat and our IRC rating has got significantly better, and we feel that we are at least as fast as we were. We are really happy with the progress that we are making, especially to measure up against Leopard, which is a very fast boat and well sailed. There was a lot of boat-on-boat action but we stayed out of each other’s way a little bit; we were respectful of each other. It was great close racing.”

Frederic Puzin’s Ker 46 Daguet 3 (FRA) © Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

“Sun, wind and friends, three good reasons to race the Nelson’s Cup,” commented Daguet 3 owner Frederic Puzin. “It was very difficult conditions today; a lot of waves and not very high wind speed. To be honest with such good competition we were surprised to win both races today, but we are very happy.”

Reichel Pugh 37 Warthog skippered by Jules Mitchell (ANT) © Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Warthog’s skipper Jules Mitchell commented: “This is only our second regatta as a team on the boat. It’s a fresh team and we have made a lot of changes to the boat. This regatta is the perfect platform to learn because the quality of the opposition is so high, and on top of that we are all so excited to do the Nelson’s Cup. It is so prestigious and it’s all fast boats and great sailors that are happy to share their knowledge.”

RORC Photo Gallery HERE

After racing, a relaxed daily prizegiving was held at Antigua Yacht Club with prizes and complimentary drinks provided by RORC Caribbean 600 sponsors – English Harbour 5 Year Old Rum and Carib Beer. Racing at the RORC Nelson’s Cup continues on Wednesday 14th February with two races scheduled off the South Coast of Antigua.

Race Analysis:
Race One: Weather: South Easterly 12-15 knots
Course Length: IRC 2 9.8nm, IRC 1 13.2nm, Zero 16.8nm

IRC Zero: Wendy Schmidt’s Botin 85 Deep Blue had a sensational race with Farr 100 Leopard 3 (MON) skippered by Joost Schuijff. Deep Blue crossed the finish line just one second ahead to win on corrected time.

IRC One: Frederic Puzin’s Ker 46 Daguet 3 corrected out to win by just under 3 minutes. James Neville’s Carkeek 45 Ino Noir (GBR) won a close battle for second with Niklas Zennstrom’s CF520 Rán (SWE). After IRC time correction Ino Noir was second by just three seconds.

IRC Two: Ed Bell’s JPK 1180 Dawn Treader was the winner by just under three minutes after IRC time correction. RP37 Warthog skippered by Jules Mitchell was second. Bernie Evan-Wong’s Lapworth 39 Huey Too (ANT) was third, putting two Antiguan teams on the race podium.

Race Two: Weather: South Easterly 11-13 knots increasing occasionally to 17 knots.
Course Length: IRC 2 10.9nm, IRC 1 15.6nm, Zero 23.3nm

IRC Zero: Wendy Schmidt’s Botin 85 Deep Blue made it a clean sweep on the opening day of the RORC Nelson’s Cup Series with a second win. Farr 100 Leopard 3 took line honours for the race by just under three minutes, but after IRC time correction Deep Blue was the winner.

IRC One: Frederic Puzin’s Ker 46 Daguet 3 made it two bullets on the opening day of the RORC Nelson’s Cup Series with a second win by a squeaky 43 seconds after IRC time correction. Peter & David Askew’s Botin 52 Wizard (USA) was a close second, beating Rán by just 37 seconds after IRC time correction.

IRC Two: RP37 Warthog skippered by Jules Mitchell took their first bullet of the series by just over a minute after IRC time correction from Dawn Treader. Bernard Giroux’s Solana 55 Team 42 (FRA), skippered by Dan Segalowicz, was third.

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ENDS/… Louay Habib

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