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Day 1~ Antigua Sailing Week 2015
Nigel Passmore's J/133, Apollo 7 won the first race of the regatta in CSA 2© Paul Wyeth / pwpictures.com

Day 1~ Antigua Sailing Week 2015

Antigua Sailing Week may be the oldest regatta in the Caribbean but there was nothing old school about Timbalero III. Eduardo Perez’s foiling G4 Gunboat was ripping up the race course today, literally flying at close to 30 knots of boat speed.

In ocean conditions off the south coast of Antigua, the crew lit her up screaming down the ocean surf. Chris and Carolyn Groobey’s Gunboat 55, Toccata was just as impressive, but for different reasons. Toccata is fully fitted out with all the mod-cons but still capable of double digit boat speed. The new Multihull CSA rating system coped very well with these two polar-opposite speed machines; Timbalero III won the first encounter after time correction but only by two minutes.

Sailing on the G4 is something really unique – a new technology with new dimensions,’ smiled Eduardo Perez. ‘We don’t foil upwind, yet downwind and reaching we are foiling. The conditions today were excellent; there was enough wind to foil and the boat performed very well upwind. We have to work a lot with the dagger boards which are very strong and well designed. Still, we are just learning here but we are smiling a lot while we are doing it. I am a Caribbean boy, I am from Cuba!

Without doubt the photo-finish of the day was in CSA 2; just four seconds decided the winner. Daniel Figueirido’s Argentinian Soto 53, Humildad Zero took line honours by some margin and waited nervously as the rest of the fleet honed in on the finish line. Twenty minutes passed before the smallest yacht in the class crossed the finish line, snatching victory by a hair’s breadth. Nigel Passmore’s J/133, Apollo 7 won the first race of the regatta with Humildad Zero second and Sir Richard Matthews’, Grand Soleil 56, Shine placing third.

That was the perfect start to the regatta,’ commented Nigel Passmore, skipper of Apollo 7. ‘The lads shook off the jet-lag and got used to the heat in the Pearns Point Round Antigua Race yesterday and today we really concentrated on three things: boat speed, boat speed and boat speed. We are the baby boat in the fleet, so we concentrated on getting away well and then driving the boat using every wave and every gust. It has always been my dream to come here and after racing across in the RORC Transatlantic Race, it was the obvious decision to return for Antigua Sailing Week. The regatta has so much history and you can see by the number of boats from the UK, there is a big connection. This one is definitely on the tick-list.

One of the most competitive starts of the day was in CSA 5. Carlo Falcone has been racing in Antigua for over 30 years and nailed the line in his legendary one-off, Caccia alla Volpe, heading straight for Freemans Bay for lifting pressure. Ross Applebey’s Oyster 48, Scarlet Oyster and Christian Reynolds’ Swan 51, Northern Child both crossed the line together – the two heavy displacement yachts’ bows crashing to windward less than a few feet apart. Caccia alla Volpe hugged the rocky coastline all the way to Shirley Heights and with the waves crashing back off the rocks the boat benefited from the bounce-back, pushing them up the shore.

Day 1~ Antigua Sailing Week 2015

Ross Applebey’s Oyster 48, Scarlet Oyster winner in CSA 5© Paul Wyeth / pwpictures.com

As the sea state and the breeze built, the conditions suited the heavier yachts. Scarlet Oyster won the race with Northern Child taking second. Andy Middleton’s First 47.7, Global Yacht Racing was third. ‘Northern Child was flying today. We could have pushed them into the pin at the start but we are good friends,’ commented Ross Applebey. ‘We would have probably gone all the way to the cliffs but we were getting dirty air off Northern Child so we had to tack or we would have been buried otherwise and that was down to Northern Child being a little bit quicker. Scarlet Oyster has not won here before and we can see a real tussle developing and I wouldn’t discount EH01 who had great speed after a poor start. I wouldn’t discount Caccia alla Volpe either. There are probably six boats in our class that can win this – it is a cracking class.

It was a glorious day for Antigua in CSA 8, with the top six yachts all from Antigua. Jonty Layfield will be grinning from ear to ear after winning the home fixture in CS40, Sleeper/Ugo. Stephen Carson’s Hightide was second, with Sandy Mair’s First 35, Cricket taking the last podium spot. Geoffrey Pidduck’s proven winner, Biwi Magic was back in fourth with Sir Hugh Bailey’s Serendipity 43, Oh-Go taking fifth. Tanner Jones’ J/30, Blue Peter finished off the Antiguan six-pack.

Sir Hugh Bailey very kindly lent me borrow Ugo – he is a wonderful man,’ commented Jonty Layfield. ‘The racing today was fantastic, very enjoyable with lovely conditions and as always there was a bit of banter afterwards at the prize giving. This is the first time we have sailed her but I think our upwind speed was surprising; really impressive for a big heavy cruising boat. We really got her in the groove today.

Day 1~ Antigua Sailing Week 2015

Eduardo Perez’s foiling G4 Gunboat, Timbalero IIIRoddy Grimes Graem

Racing continues tomorrow with the potential for two races for all classes starting at 10 am. Meanwhile tonight the first ever Beer Festival will take place at the Nelson’s Dockyard with cold beers from around the Caribbean and the USA including Presidente from the Dominican Republic, Kubuli from Dominica, Hairoun from St Vincent, Budweiser from the USA and of course Wadadli from right here in Antigua. Live Music from 1761°, Claudette Peters and Taxik and DJ Stiffler will get the feet tapping and these magic musicians do not play to an empty dance floor!

 2015 Antigua Sailing Week – Preliminary Cumulative Results:

Bow Sail Number Yacht Name Yacht Design Owner/Skipper Race
1
Total
A. Antigua Sailing Week – 1:Multihull Racing Racing
CSA Division
CSA – Multihull Racing
1. USA 4001 Timbalero III Gunboat G4 Eduardo Perez 1 1.0
2. USA 5503 Toccata Gunboat 55 Chris and Carolyn Groobey 2 2.0
3. Fat Cat Custom Catamaran John Winter 3 3.0
4. GBR 790M Bobby Dazzler of London Dragonfly 28 S Anthony McVeigh 4 4.0
A. Antigua Sailing Week – 2. Multihull Bareboat Racing
CSA Division
CSA – Multihull Bareboat
1. 211 Cat / Yasawa 2 Robertson & Caine James Mastro 1 1.0
2. 173 Frigidaire / Arguin Robertson & Caine 384 Lindsay Irwin 2 2.0
3. 99 Certifiable Sunsail 444 Catamaran David Avayou 3 3.0
A. Antigua Sailing Week – Racing Racing
CSA Division
CSA 1 – Racing
1. BAR 52011 / USA 61300 Barbados Offshore Sailing Syndicate / Conviction TP 52 Peter Lewis 1 1.0
2. LTU 1000 Ambersail VO 60 Saulius Pajarskas 2 2.0
3. NED Balearia Botin & Carkeek TP52 Joan Navarro 5/DNS 5.0
4. AUT 2002 Cuba Libre VO 60 Miramar Sailing 5/DNS 5.0
CSA 2 – Racing
1. GBR 48L Spirit Swan 65 Alan Edwards 1 1.0
2. MLT 100 Nomad IV Dolphin 100 Jean-Paul Riviere 2 2.0
3. GBR 8214L Starry Night of the Caribbean Oyster 82 Starry Yachts Ltd 3 3.0
4. USA 4 Dharma Farr 95 Dharma Marine ltd 4 4.0
5. GBR 8653R Spirit of Juno Farr 65 Ondeck 5 5.0
6. GBR 8207 Zig Zag Oyster 82 John McMonigall 7/RET 7.0
CSA 3 – Racing
1. GBR 133 N Apollo 7 J 133 Nigel Passmore 1 1.0
2. ARG 5086 Humildad Zero Soto 53 Daniel Figueirido 2 2.0
3. GBR 563R Shine Grand Soleil 56 Sir Richard Matthews 3 3.0
4. USA 60593 Pretty Vegas Salona 44 Alex Sastre 4 4.0
5. CAN 54403 Spitfire J 145C Jonathan Bamberger 5 5.0
6. GBR 1372R Nisida Gieffe Yachts 51 Carl Wilcock 6 6.0
7. 213 Zahir Class 53 Marco Casadei 10/RET 10.0
8. NOR 00 Enigma VII X-Yacht Per Arne Nilsen 10/DNS 10.0
9. USA 51382 Skye Swan 53 Willem van Liebergen 10/DNS 10.0
CSA 4 – Racing
1. 143 SX 143 Kick ’em Jenny 2 Melges 32 Ian Hope-Ross 1 1.0
2. GBR 9419T TAZ RP 37 Bernard Evan-Wong 2 2.0
3. NM 1993 Wild Devil Custom Turbo Kiwi 35 Ben Jelic 3 3.0
4. ANT 42 Team Sojana / Flying Tiger Flying Tiger 10m Sir Peter Harrison 4 4.0
5. USA 52956 Hot Ticket King 40 Jim Hightower 5 5.0
6. Sleeper J 70 Shawn Malone 10/RET 10.0
7. 1720 YKNOT / Digicel Spirit Cork 1720 Michael Wilson 10/RET 10.0
8. ITA 84 Calaluna Class 40 Sergio Frattaruolo 10/DNS 10.0
9. GBR 907R Palpatine Stimson IRC 42 Richard Thisby 10/DSQ 10.0
CSA 5 – Racing
1. GBR 1702T / ESP 8642 Scarlet Oyster Oyster 48 ross applebey 1 1.0
2. GBR 5951T Northern Child Swan 51 Performance Yacht Charter 2 2.0
3. GBR 4778R / GBR 17R Global Yacht Racing / EH01 Beneteau First 47.7 Andy Middleton 3 3.0
4. GBR 6840R Villa Sugar Mill / Lancelot II Beneteau First 40 Lucy Reynolds – Performance Yacht Charter 4 4.0
5. I 8075 Caccia alla Volpe One Off Carlo Falcone 5 5.0
6. NED 8542 Beluga Contest 42 Richard Klabbers 6 6.0
7. USA 28920 Sunset Child J 120 Martin Kennedy 7 7.0
8. GBR 8405R Southern Child Beneteau First 40 Tim Scarisbrick 8 8.0
9. 4420C Xanadu X442 Andrew Knowles 9 9.0
10. GER 6160 Doppelbock Dufour 45 Friedrich Boehnert 10 10.0
11. GER 5822 SHAKA Swan 46 Alfred Paulsen 11 11.0
12. USA 10101 Andiamo Sweden 50 Willie Chandler 15/DNS 15.0
13. USA Ventarron Salona 44 Romulo Moncada 15/DNS 15.0
14. ANU 104 Liquid J 122 Pamala Baldwin 15/DNS 15.0
B. Antigua Sailing Week – Bareboat Racing
CSA Division
CSA – Bareboat 1
1. 33 Painkiller Racing / La Bete Moorings 50.5 Alice Martin 1 1.0
2. 63 Monet 1 Harmony 52 Rupert Jessett 2 2.0
3. 73 Lynch Mob/Triton Moorings 50.5 Eric Lynch 3 3.0
4. 125 Rioja Jenneau 50 David Abromowitz 4 4.0
5. 3 Xeres Sun Odyssey 509 Michaelangelo Valluet 5 5.0
6. 224 Aeolus 53S4K Michael White 6 6.0
7. 70 Salsa 50S4A Nick Rose 7 7.0
8. 19 AUT Selene Oceanis 54 Christian Zimmer 8 8.0
9. 210 Lady Suzanne 53S4K Paul Grundmeijer 10/OCS 10.0
CSA – Bareboat 2 – Sun Odyssey 44i
1. 205 KH+P Balaou Sun Odyssey 44i Colman Garvey 1 1.0
2. 67 KH+P Tintamarre Sun Odyssey 44i Christoph Nielsen 2 2.0
3. 209 KH+P Bageal Sun Odyssey 44i Beate Mohn 3 3.0
4. 105 KH+P Pinel Sun Odyssey 44i Alexander Pfeiffer 4 4.0
5. 195 Mariela Sailing Team / Sapphire Dancer Sun Odyssey 44i Mario Bacchelli 5 5.0
6. 218 KH+P Tartane Sun Odyssey 44i Carsten Jacob 6 6.0
7. 225 Malanga Sun Odyssey 44i Martin Poulsen 7 7.0
8. 34 KH+P Luxor Sun Odyssey 44i Jurgen Waschek 8 8.0
9. 212 Svyturys Challenger / Warvor Sun Odyssey 44i Domas Vysniauskas 9 9.0
10. 98 Sistership / L’Equateur Sun Odyssey 44i Pat Nolan 10 10.0
11. 28 KH+P Isobard Sun Odyssey 44i Nicole Lameter 11 11.0
12. 214 KH+P Asterie Sun Odyssey 44i Melanie Rensing 12 12.0
13. 202 Marissa Too Sun Odyssey 44i Bjoern Hedlund 13 13.0
14. 44 Kraken Beers With Dirty Oars/Just de Ting Sun Odyssey 44i Russel Bertrand 15/RET 15.0
CSA – Bareboat 3
1. 37 KH+P Cayenne Dufour 44 Martin Sager 1 1.0
2. 26 Clarabella Dufour 385 Stefan Fahrlander 2 2.0
3. 215 Jamais 203 41S3K Samuel Klee 3 3.0
4. 204 Summerwind 41S3K David Barlow 4 4.0
5. 31 The Rat Pa6k / Hawking Dufour 425 Thomas Priebus 5 5.0
6. 208 Mint Julep / Ti Mignon Sun Odyssey 409 David Cule 6 6.0
7. 97 KH+P Let Me Go Dufour 455 Herbert Muenzel 7 7.0
8. 220 Blue Voyage Sun Odyssey 409 M. Klee 8 8.0
9. 221 Baird Dufour 405 Dr. Markus Mischo 9 9.0
10. 206 Chianti/Fun Over Speed Oceanis 41 Rob Simon 10 10.0
11. 207 Schrodinger Dufour 405 Rank Alexander 11 11.0
B. Antigua Sailing Week – Racing Racing
CSA Division
CSA 6 – Racing
1. GBR 9885T Profile Logic Beneteau 40.7 Sailing Logic 1 1.0
2. GBR 681 Ossenfeffer J 39 Robbie Ferron 2 2.0
3. GBR 4707R / ANT 4071 Ortac Beneteau 40.7 George Oldroyd 3 3.0
4. GBR 9685T Spirit of Neptune Dehler 39 James Richman 4 4.0
5. GBR 78252 Caipirinha Beneteau 40.7 patrick holloran 5 5.0
6. SBH 7777 Pocket Rocket J 109 David Cullen 6 6.0
7. GBR 1449R Nyaminyami 2 Swan44 Mk 2 Francis Williams 7 7.0
8. GBR 9051T The Sirens/Spirit of Athena Beneteau 40.7 Susan Glenny 8 8.0
9. GBR 8520R Hot Stuff Beneteau First 40.7 Girls for Sail 9 9.0
10. GBR 9684T Spirit of Nereus Dehler 39 Peter Antony 10 10.0
11. ITA 16644 Arietta 4.2 XP 44 Joe Borghetti 13/DNS 13.0
12. FRA 97126 Visiooptik Beneteau First 40.7 Claude Roth 13/DNS 13.0
CSA 7 – Racing
1. ITA 16701 At Last . . . Jeanneau 53 Roberto Carassa 1 1.0
2. GBR 5301C Jigsaw Oyster 53 Ian Galbraith 2 2.0
3. GBR 9999 Blue Fin Jeanneau DS Rodney Dodd 3 3.0
4. 178 SUI 2015 Boingo alive Grand Soleil 50 Kurt Iseli 4 4.0
5. SUI 15532 Wei-Mer Hanse 470e Markus Blaesi 5 5.0
CSA 8 – Racing
1. 2737 Sleeper / U go CS40 Jonty Layfield 1 1.0
2. ANT 150 Hightide Dehler Optima 101 Stephen Carson 2 2.0
3. ANT 112 Cricket Beneteau First 35 Sandy Mair 3 3.0
4. ANT 6 Biwi Magic Modified 6 Metre Geoffrey Pidduck 4 4.0
5. ANT 2939 Oh-Go Serendipity 43 Sir Hugh Bailey 5 5.0
6. ANT 227 Blue Peter J 30 Tanner Jones 6 6.0
7. GBR 7712R Zarafa HOD 35 Peter Scholfield 7 7.0
8. GBR 8396 Sam of Hamble Sigma38 Peter Hopps 8 8.0
9. 435 Alizé Beneteau First 435 Bill Haynie 9 9.0
10. 65 Triskell / Kalalou Dufour 45 Jean Michel Marziou 10 10.0
11. 96 Imagine Of Falmouth Feeling 39 Jon Constantine 11 11.0
12. USA 172 Osprey Pacific Seacraft Crealock Joseph Fema 12 12.0
13. USA 1 Shamrock VII J 95 Matt Dana 15/DNS 15.0
14. 5 Frolic Luders Naval Academy Yawl Hans Lammers 15/DNS 15.0

by Louay Habib

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