It was a sparkling BVI sailing day on Saturday 9 January and six boats took to the race course for the first regatta of 2021, the Halyard Challenge.

Both fleets sailed the same course, starting in Road Harbour, out around Salt Island, leaving it to starboard. Then down to pass Deadchest to starboard before crossing back over the channel to Lark Bank Green, the channel marker at the entrance to Road Harbour. They then headed back out for a short upwind sail to Hog Valley Green before returning to the harbour to finish.

As always the trimarans threw up some close racing and spectacular sights with their spinnakers. First home was Kevin Wrigley at the helm of Whoop Whoop after 2 hours, 40 minutes and 53 seconds of racing. Chris Haycraft’s Ting a Ling was just 2 minutes and 9 seconds later. These equally matched boats give a little time to Barney Crook’s Airgasm but both had done enough to finish ahead on corrected time. Gilbo Simpson and Tim Parson’s Flying Pig came in fourth.

The monohull fleet was just two boats but they had a close tussle all around the race course. The spoils went to David Lake’s Wicked Winch, finishing just 1 minute and 32 seconds ahead of Rob Lind with a trainee crew on Latitude 18.

Thank you to everyone who raced and Mandi Atack for the photographs!

Next up on the calendar is the Manhattan Yacht Club Challenge on Saturday 6 February..

Check out our photos on Facebook – there are some dramatic squally pictures well worth a look!

Results
Multihull / Racing
1. Whoop Whoop, Kevin Wrigley
2. Ting a Ling, Chris Haycraft
3. Airgasm, Barney Crook
4. Flying Pig, Gilbo Simpson

Cruising
1. Wicked Winch, David Lake
2. Latitude 18, Rob Lind

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