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Participants were treated to spectacular conditions on the final day of the Oyster Regatta Palma 2016 sponsored by Pelagos Yachts.
2016 Oyster Palma Regatta - Day 4 © Martinez Studio

Oyster Regatta Palma 2016

Participants were treated to spectacular conditions on the final day of the Oyster Regatta Palma 2016 sponsored by Pelagos Yachts.

Although winds reached no more than 11 kts throughout the day, it was more consistent than it had been all week, and the 37 teams competing in this 38th annual regatta, were treated to exciting racing that resulted in some extremely close finishes in the overall standings.

The huge, record-breaking fleet of Oysters ranging from 46ft family yachts to sparkling new professionally-led 885s, powering downwind towards the leeward mark under spinnaker, was a sight to behold and the perfect end to what has been, arguably, the most successful regatta to date.

One of the closest finishes was in Class One between Firebird – Oyster 885-07 – Firebird (Ocean Limited) and Maxim Kudryashov’s Guardian Angel – Oyster 885-04. The team on Guardian Angel however, had their work cut out to retain a top position in the final race after they ripped their spinnaker. They had to sail the last downwind leg without spinnaker, which meant Firebird beat them by seven seconds. This last minute place change put Firebird ahead of Eddie Jordan’s Lush – Oyster 885-01 (IRE) in the overall standings, while Guardian Angel took the overall win.

The grand awards ceremony at the Palacio de Congresos, one of Palma’s landmark 20th century Spanish architectural buildings, gave crews, guests and VIPs a chance to enjoy the final lavish evening of Oyster hospitality and share their regatta experiences.

Vladimir Baksheev and his team on Lady Mariposa – Oyster 625-05, received plenty of applause for their impressive performance in Class Two this week, which included two firsts and a second place. Their final race win yesterday was enough to clinch the top spot overall from Richard Smith’s British Sotto Vento – Oyster 655-07.

Participants were treated to spectacular conditions on the final day of the Oyster Regatta Palma 2016 sponsored by Pelagos Yachts.

2016 Oyster Palma Regatta – Day 4 © Martinez Studio

Racing in this 10-strong class yesterday was extremely close with Cascina Int Ltd’s iSNL – Oyster 655-11 (FIN) only one point ahead of David and Joanna’s Vamos – Oyster 625-06 in third place.

The Swedish husband and wife team – Eric and Ann Alfredson, and friends Lars and Birgitta on Lisanne – Oyster 575-29, in Class Three were always in contention this week with their three firsts and a second.

Commenting on the regatta, Alfredson said: “We are really happy about our win, this is the first time in our new boat. We had good crew work and the ambience on board was fantastic. I think that helped a lot. As far as tuning the boat goes, we haven’t done anything, it is just a standard model.”

Another really well sailed boat was Ostra – Oyster 53-23 (GBR) crewed by Ritchie Gatt and friends in Class Four. This team, who are using the regatta to ‘iron out any creases’ before the start of the ARC next month managed to keep the ever-threatening Peter Blackmore and team on Pied Piper – Oyster 49-12A (GBR) at bay. Although Team Pied Piper won the final race from Hugh Johnson on Nikitoo II – Oyster 54-19 (GBR), by just over a minute, Ostra sneaked ahead on the overall scoreboard by 1.25pts.

In his rounding up of the event, David Tydeman (Oyster Group CEO – Event Chairman-Race Officer) said the regatta has beaten all expectations: “It really has been one of the best regattas to date and we seemed to have achieved what we set out to do, in terms of attracting not only a large fleet but also a diverse fleet. From newcomers to sailing-those who’ve never raced before, to a selection of professional teams, this regatta has never been more accessible and we hope to welcome even more new Oyster owners to our next event.’

Results:

Class 1 overall results
Yacht Name Model Owner/Skipper Race 1 Points Race 2 Points Race 3 Points Race 4 Points Total Points Best Three
Guardian Angel 885-04 Maxim Kudryashov 0.75 0.75 0.75 2.00 4.25 2.25
Firebird 885-07 Firebird Ocean Limited 3.00 2.00 3.00 0.75 8.75 5.75
Lush 885-01 Tim Beebe 2.00 8.00 2.00 3.00 15.00 7.00
Starry Night 82-14 Starry Yachts 4.00 3.00 7.00 4.00 18.00 11.00
Graycious 745-03 John Noble 5.00 4.00 5.00 7.00 21.00 14.00
Satori 745-01 Serida Trading 6.00 5.00 6.00 5.00 22.00 16.00
Maegan 825-03 Marja de Pundert 7.00 10.00 4.00 6.00 27.00 17.00
Bare Necessities 82-01 Bare Necessities Ltd / Matt Newing 9.00 6.00 9.00 8.00 32.00 23.00
Clare 885-03 Sir Frank Chapman 8.00 9.00 8.00 10.00 35.00 25.00
Mathilda Sound 82-15 Mathilda Sound 10.00 7.00 10.00 9.00 36.00 26.00

 

Class 2 overall results
Yacht Name Model Owner/Skipper Race 1 Points Race 2 Points Race 3 Points Race 4 Points Total Points Best Three
Lady Mariposa 625-05 Vladimir Baksheev 5.00 0.75 2.00 0.75 8.50 3.50
Sotto Vento 665-07 Richard Smith 2.00 3.00 4.00 3.00 12.00 8.00
Vamos 625-06 David & Joanne Furby 8.00 2.00 3.00 4.00 17.00 9.00
Tiger 625-04 Simon Pillar 7.00 4.00 0.75 6.00 17.75 10.75
iSNL 655-11 Cascina Int Ltd 4.00 9.00 5.00 2.00 20.00 11.00
Dalliance 62-15 Rory & Susie McGrath 0.75 6.00 8.00 7.00 21.75 13.75
Rock Oyster 655-13 John Marshall 6.00 5.00 6.00 5.00 22.00 16.00
Delicia 625-09 Henrik Nyman 3.00 7.00 7.00 10.00 27.0 17.00
Black Lion 625-03 Edgar Rumble 11.00 8.00 9.00 8.00 36.00 25.00
Flying Spirit 625-07 Rudolf Kägi 9.00 10.00 10.00 9.00 38.00 28.00

 

Class 3 overall results
Yacht Name Model Owner/Skipper Race 1 Points Race 2 Points Race 3 Points Race 4 Points Total Points Best Three
Lisanne 575-29 Eric & Ann Alfredson 0.75 0.75 2.00 0.75 4.25 2.25
Angels’ Share 575-31 Nick Blazquez 3.00 2.00 0.75 2.00 7.75 4.75
Calliope 575-15 Charles Manby 2.00 6.00 4.00 3.00 15.00 9.00
Asante 56-56 Andrew Walters 6.00 3.00 3.00 4.00 16.00 10.00
Safiya 575-35 Harvey Death 4.00 7.00 5.00 5.00 21.00 14.00
Oyster Blew 56-23 David Barlow 7.00 4.00 6.00 6.00 23.00 16.00
Capella of London 575-32 David & Susan Hales 5.00 5.00 7.00 7.00 24.00 17.00

 

Class 4 overall results
Yacht Name Model Owner/Skipper Race 1 Points Race 2 Points Race 3 Points Total Points Best Three
Ostra 53-53 Ritchie Gatt 2.00 0.75 0.75 7.50 3.50
Pied Piper 49-12a Peter Blackmore 3.00 2.00 2.00 7.75 4.75
Nikitoo II 54-19 Hugh Johnson 0.75 3.00 3.00 8.75 5.75
Sara Blue V 54-11 Charles Bilson 4.00 4.00 5.00 16.00 11.00
Distraction 53-50 Simon Charles Tysoe 6.00 6.00 4.00 23.00 16.00
Solway Mist 46-08 Christian Pizarro 5.00 7.00 7.00 24.00 17.00
Venture 53-48 Nigel Betts 8.00 8.00 6.00 28.00 20.00
Iridescent 54-14 Andrew Fowles 7.00 5.00 8.00 28.00 20.00
Mareka of Holland 49PH-33 Hans Kamper 10.00 9.00 9.00 37.00 27.00
Nutcracker 53-18 Simon Timm 9.00 10.00 10.00 39.00 29.00

by Sue Pelling

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