Boom time for Supernova Class Dinghy – 120 signed up for 20th Anniversary Nationals

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Always a good competitive fleet – photo Josh Cooper

The singlehanded Supernova dinghy is currently enjoying a flourish of interest as the Class celebrates its 20th anniversary year. With entry to the 2016 National championship in Llandudno (1-3 July) already at its 120-boat safety limit, and with 30+ boats regularly racing on the open meeting circuit, the Supernova is one of fastest growing UK dinghy classes in recent years.

In its effort to maintain what has always been a popular singlehander since its launch in 1996, the Association has successfully reversed the trend of what’s happening in many other dinghy classes where attendance is static or, in some cases, on the decrease.

A steady increase of 56 entries at the 2013 Nationals, 61 in 2014, 67 in 2015, and 120 in 2016, indicates the Supernova Association has got it ‘right’. By listening to what its sailors want the Association has come up with a successful formula that looks set to help the Class make exciting growth over the coming few years.

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Perfect design for a wide crew weight range – photo Josh Cooper

With generous sponsorship from Zhik, Hartley Boats, Allen, and significant contributions from the Association, the Class was able to offer entry incentives, with first 100 entries to the 2016 Nationals paying just £40 coupled with a generous array of prizes.

Chris Hawley, chairman of the Class Association commented: “We aim to create an enjoyable environment for all of our members both on and off the water. We have some really great sailors and importantly a friendly supportive attitude through the fleet. We saw the 20th anniversary as a great way of marketing the Class, so just after the Paignton Nationals in July 2015 we decided to aim high for 100 boats, with the entry opening in October. We were offered generous sponsorship, which we are very grateful for. We hit 120 almost immediately, so had to cap the entry for safety grounds and produce a waiting list. ”

With just under two months before the mid summer event, plans are progressing well and Llandudno is poised to cope with the huge fleet. Hawley continued: “The ten race, three-day championship format (late start on day one and early finish on day three) works well and I believe encourages a bigger turnout. For this special event, we’ve booked a 4 Star hotel for our grand anniversary dinner. We are pleased that Mark Giles, the original designer will be in attendance as well as the original prototype Supernova participating in the racing (though not being sailed by Mark).”

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The Mk 2 Supernova is ideally suited to sea racing with its open transom – photo Josh Cooper

Other key 20th anniversary events so far have included the Oxford Carriers Winter Nationals in February at Bowmoor SC with 31 entries, and the Class debut at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show in March, which generated a lot of interest particularly among newcomers looking for both new and secondhand boats. The Inland Championship at Northampton SC in September is expected to attract well over 60 boats.

While the anniversary year (and the celebrations that go with it) have naturally proved a great way to boost interest within the Class, the real growth in ownership of the Supernova over the last few years has helped to firm up its position as one of the most rewarding singlehanded dinghies to sail.

This lightweight epoxy singlehander, designed for close competitive racing for all sailing abilities, has proved a real attraction not only for sailors from other Classes (including some of the top sailors from the Merlin Rocket fleet), but also newcomers to the sport. One of the biggest draws in the Class’ anniversary year is the Noble Marine-sponsored Travellers series, which comprises over 20 open meetings. At the recent Cotswold SC Travellers event a total of 40 boats turned out.

4A healthy flow of new boats from builders Hartley Boats has created a flourish of reasonably priced second-hand boats, most of which have been snapped up for the forthcoming National championship. The orders for new builds are expected to rise again post championship, which means there’ll be some interesting used boats on the market once again for next season.

 

Mount Gay Round Barbados Series 2017 dates confirmed – 80th anniversary success prompts action plan for next event

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Time to relax after racing – photo Nigel Wallace.

Following the success of the 80th anniversary Mount Gay Round Barbados Series, which concluded last weekend, plans are already in place for the 2017 event with the dates confirmed for 16-23 January.

This popular regatta, organised Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, and Mount Gay, is the opening event of the Caribbean racing season and offers a mix of serious and fun racing including three days of coastal racing, the Round Barbados Race, and the final 265nm feeder race to Antigua to tie up with the Superyacht Challenge.

The highlight of the 2016 event was undoubtedly the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race on 21 January, where super-serious record breakers had a chance to ‘strut their stuff’ round the stunning island of Barbados and win their skipper’s weight in rum.

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MS Barbados Concise 10 – photo Peter Marshall.

The much talked about MOD70s – MS Barbados Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, and Phaedo3 co skippered by Lloyd Thornburg and Brian Thompson – upheld their promise to thrill when they completed the 60nm course just 12 seconds apart, with Tony Lawson’s MS Barbados Concise 10 team breaking the Absolute Multihull record with a time of 2 hours, 37 minutes, 38 seconds. In doing so they trimmed just under two hours off the previous Multihull record, and won a staggering 54 bottles (nine cases) of Extra Old Mount Gay Rum.

Not surprisingly, the new record has sparked plenty of interest with the challenge now on to beat the time recorded by MS Barbados Concise 10. Lloyd Thornburg and Brian Thompson co-skipper of Phaedo3, naturally feel they have some unfinished business, so expect to see another impressive line up next year.

Speaking at the post race celebrations a jubilant Tony Lawson said: “This is the one we really wanted to win, and we did it. Barbados is my second home. I wanted this badly, not just for my young team, but for all the Bajans who have supported us over  these last few months. We practised hard, controlled the start, and hung on in after North Point all the way to the finish. The thousands of locals and tourist lining the headlands and beaches saw an epic battle between Ms Barbados/Concise 10  and Phaedo. It was nail-biting stuff – right down to the wire.  I know they will be back for more. Next time we will have more boats. The Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race is set to be a classic.”

Commenting on the regatta, Lloyd Thornburg said: “We were really excited to find this event because it is the perfect warm up race for the Caribbean season. It is such a beautiful island and sailing around it is always a challenge because the wind is shifty and produces some powerful gusts. Having Team Concise, another identical boat, to race against kept everyone up to speed and was a real challenge because any mistakes became a lot more apparent.

“Plus, of course there was copious amounts of the best rum flowing all week. It really is a fantastic regatta.”

Because the event is open to all-comers there are plenty of other opportunities to challenge for a record. There are currently 14 records in total up for grabs, which keeps the competition in this race exciting throughout the fleet. Windsurfers and J/24s to were among those who broke records this year but the biggest haul of rum – 60 bottles – went to Williams Industries Inc. team on TP52, Conviction who broke the 60ft and Under Monohull record with a time of 5 hours, 34 minutes, 16 seconds.

In the Coastal Series, which run for the first three days (17-19 January) competitors enjoyed challenging conditions. Winds were generally moderate to strong and particularly shifty, which made the racing exciting right to end. The J/24 fleet completed 11 of their 12 scheduled races and the worthy winners from neighbouring island Grenada – Robbie Yearwood and team on Island Water World Die Hard – were delighted to have made a comeback in the last two races.

Yearwood commented: “It is very easy to feel disheartened after a couple of poor races. Thankfully our team has the ability to put past behind and focus on moving on. I think that was the key to our success.”

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Post race party at Barbados Cruising Club – photo Nigel Wallace.

The charter sector at this regatta always remains popular with clients seeing it as a great opportunity to compete and enjoy the fun of the regatta without the pressure and responsibility of sailing their own boat there.

The Antigua-based OnDeck yacht Spirit of Juno (Farr 65) was fully crewed with 11 guests, many repeat customers from previous years. Commenting on the success of the regatta, Tony McBride – skipper – said: “For us, it is the perfect regatta and the guests always have a fantastic time. I believe it is down to the good organisation, and the fact that the Cruising Club is so welcoming. We have a real mix of crew some from America, Belgium, UK and one or two locals as well. Two of the guests were with us last year and have already confirmed they are coming back next year. We are looking forward to it already.”

As headline sponsor, Mount Gay is the theme behind most parties and social events including the legendary Red Cap party, a tour/tasting session at the Mount Gay Distillery, and a specially laid-on exhibition polo match at Holders Polo Field, at Holetown, St James on lay day.

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Mount Gay Rum-fuelled Prizegiving marks end of 80th anniversary regatta – Bajan spirit in full flow as teams celebrate their success

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MS Barbados Concise’s Ned Collier Wakefield at 87.7Kg bagged an impressive nine cases to share among his team – photo NIgel Wallace.

The 80th anniversary Mount Gay Round Barbados Series, which incorporates three days of coastal racing and headline event – the Round Barbados Race – concluded last night with a spectacular prizegiving ceremony at The Beach House, St James on the west coast of the Island.

Hundreds of competitors, guests and local dignitaries were treated to a sumptuous banquet to celebrate the success of not only the competitors who fought hard all week in the challenging conditions, but also the organisers – Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, and Mount Gay – and the race committee who helped make the 80thanniversary event one to remember.

The standard of competition throughout the three-day Coastal Series, particularly in the J/24 fleet and the Multihull fleet was, once again, extremely high with results going right down to the wire. The most exciting race of the series, however, was undoubtedly The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race.

This 60nm challenge, that traditionally takes place on Errol Barrow Day (21 January) to celebrate the birthday of the late Errol Walton Barrow, the island’s first Prime Minister and ‘father of independence’, attracted a strong fleet including two powerful MOD70s – MS Barbados Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, and Phaedo3 co skippered by Lloyd Thornburg and Brian Thompson.

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The glorious Beach House setting made the perfect prizegiving venue – photo Nigel Wallace.

The racing was exciting right from the start, giving spectators, who’d turned up the join in the island’s celebrations, plenty of thrill particularly when the huge multihulls crossed the finish line at full tilt in Carlisle Bay just 12 seconds apart. Despite being seasoned speed sailors, some of those on board including Jonny Malbon, and Paul Larsen on MS Barbados Concise 10, and Brian Thompson on Phaedo3 confessed it was some of the most exciting racing they have ever experienced.

As well as MS Barbados Concise 10 who broke the Multihull record, there were four other records broken which meant that at last night’s prizegiving, there were cases and cases of Mount Gay Rum Extra Old presented to the winning skippers. At 96.2kgs, Dave Staples – skipper of the Williams Industries Inc. team on TP52, Conviction, – collected the biggest haul (10 cases) for breaking the 60ft and Under Monohull record.

MS Barbados Concise’s Ned Collier Wakefield at 87.7Kg was close behind, in terms of cases of rum, with an impressive nine cases to share among his team.

Although the prizegiving party signaled the end of the Coastal Series and Round Barbados Race, some teams are now preparing for the Antigua Ocean Race – the 265nm feeder race – that starts tomorrow (Sunday 23 January).

Among those taking part are Team Phaedo3. Lloyd Thornburg, co skipper, commented: “It has been a fantastic week here on Barbados and we plan to come back at some point, however, in the meantime we are making final preparations for tomorrow’s sprint to Antigua.”

Phaedo3 is likely to complete the 265nm course in eight or nine hours while some of the others, including Spirit of Juno and Juan Luis Serra Lalaurie’s 24m one-off Ocean Phoenix will take more like 24-30 hours.

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Local Earthworks pottery prizes – photo Nigel Wallace.

Tony McBride, skipper of the Farr 65 charter yacht, Spirit of Juno, commented: “Having this race to Antigua is great because it adds a bit extra to the week for the guests. It took us about 38 hours to get here, upwind so downwind should be about 30. We turn around in a day in Antigua and then head down to Grenada for the next regatta.”

John Coveney, Principal Race Officer, commenting on the week and the conditions for the Antigua Ocean Race, said: “Overall it has been a fantastic week with much better wind conditions this year. We fitted in all the Coastal Series races including 11 of the 12-scheduled races for J/24s. The good Trade Wind conditions also helped to slaughter a few of the records in the Round Barbados Race.

“The forecast for tomorrow is about 20kts from the east. It will be a beam reach with spinnakers between Guadeloupe and Antigua. For Phaedo, however, with the sort of speed they achieve, their apparent wind will always be on the nose, but they’ll get their quick, probably quicker than me flying on a Liat!

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Mount Gay Round Barbados Race spectacular – Records demolished at 80th anniversary race

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Just 12 seconds between the two MOD70s after 60nm – photo Peter Marshall.

Big winds, big speeds and the fastest ever times ever recorded made the 80thanniversary Mount Gay Round Barbados Race, one of the most spectacular in history with a total of five records broken, and each team winning their skipper’s weight in rum.

Racing was over staggered starts commencing at 0700 with a good mix of yachts ranging from Classics including the stunning duo – The Blue Peter and Galatea – Ruth, the locally built 33m schooner, and a competitive group smaller boats including three J/24s. However, the stars of the show that set off last and raced 60nms round the island neck and neck were undoubtedly the two world-class MOD70s – MS Barbados Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, and Phaedo3 co skippered by Lloyd Thornburg and Brian Thompson. They promised to thrill, and indeed they did.

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MS Barbados Concise 10 c;laims victory – photo Peter Marshall.

Right from the start in the 20+kt breeze, there was no stopping these powerful beasts as they took off from the line in Carlisle Bay and circumnavigated the island in the fastest ever speeds. Like predators, they jostled for dominance all the way round the course and ended their battle with MS Barbados Concise 10 claiming victory by just 12 seconds. They completed the course in a staggering 2 hours, 37 minutes, 38 seconds, shaving under two hours off the previous Multihull record.

An elated Collier Wakefield celebrating back on shore, commented: “Racing two MOD70s round the island, essentially match racing was just awesome. It is something we have been working so hard for, and really putting in the hours so to get the record is absolutely amazing.”

After the a good start in a building breeze the two teams enjoyed an exciting broad reach up the west coast but MS Barbados Concise 10 was hit by a big gust, which allowed Team Phaedo3 to slip into the lead.

Collier Wakefield continued: “We were right on our ear and had to ease the sheet. But because, we knew the North Point was the most crucial part of the race, we were up there at 7am practicing this morning. We had tested it out and knew we could cut up inside them at the Point. By doing so we took the advantage and, once ahead it was a case of just keeping cover. But with 22kts of wind and 37kts of boat speed flying a hull downwind, it was full on all the way.”

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Phaedo3 fought to the end – photo Peter Marshall.

Lloyd Thornburg co skipper of Phaedo3 added: “It was a great race but after sailing 60 miles flat out it was a tiring one. Well done MS Barbados Concise 10.”

Another great record-breaking achievement came from local sailor, Trevor Hunte, who not only smashed the Windsurfer record he set in 2014 by an impressive 2 hour, 41 minute margin but also led the entire fleet all the way round the course to take line honours. He completed the course in 5 hours, 34 minutes, 16 seconds. He scooted round the island on his Phantom Batwing 377 raceboard and RS:X rig and beat fellow windsurfer, Frenchman Fabrice Cornic, on a Fanatic.

A slightly shattered, but delighted Hunte as he stepped ashore commented: “Wow, I can’t believe I did that. I am elated. Despite not seeing anyone because I led all the way, it was far from boring. The wind got up to 25kts or more between Holetown and Speightstown on the west coast. It was flat out doing 20kts on the beam. Lots of scary moments, and North Point was ridiculous because the waves were so big I could barely tack. No place for the feint-hearted, that’s for sure.”

Because the race, organised by Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, and Mount Gay,traditionally takes place on a public holiday to celebrate Errol Barrow Day, and is the headline event of the annual Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series, it was no surprise that this important sporting event attracted crowds of spectators.

Locals and holidaymakers, not only headed to the south of the island to hub of the event at Barbados Cruising Club, and Barbados Yacht Club to relax in the sun and watch the starts and finishes, but supporters also followed the race by car, stopping off at key vantage points round the coast, including the North Point, historically the most challenging part of the race.

Sailing a J/24 round the notorious North Point is a challenge, but one that Team College Funds took in their stride. Skippered by Laser sailor Jason Tindale (25) and crewed by a team of youth sailors, they were once again noted for their impressive performance. They sailed a tactically good race, completed the course in 8 hours, 37 minutes, 26 second, and were delighted to have broken the record they established last year, by 18 minutes.

Tindale commented: “We are so happy to have skimmed some time off last year. But I have to say last year was a walk in the park compared to this one. We had about 22kts of wind with a three-metre swell off North Point, which is not comfortable on a J/24 but we got through it. The racing was great and we particularly enjoyed out battle with Whistler [J/105], which got a bit hairy rounding Needhams Point towards the finish. Now looking forward to collecting our hoard of rum!”

Equally impressive was the Singlehanded record, broken by fellow J/24 sailor Cecil Lecrenay on Bunga-Bunga. He completed the course in 9 hours, 46 minutes, 42 seconds.

Dave Staples and the Williams Industries Inc. team on the TP52 Conviction had a bit of a rodeo start when they launched their kite off the line, but once settled and were able to gain control to bear off, they sailed like demons, and completed the course in 5 hours, 34 minutes, 16 seconds, which meant they were able to defend the 60ft and Under Monohull Round Barbados record they broke last year.

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Trovor Hunt takes line honours and breaks the record – photo Peter Marshall.

The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series gala prizegiving party and dinner to mark the end of the 2016 80th anniversary event, takes place tomorrow evening at the Beach House on the west coast of the island.

2016 records

  • Multihull – MS Barbados Concise 10 course time: 2 hours, 37 minutes, 38 seconds. Previous record: 4 hours, 42 minutes, 20 seconds.
    Windsurfer – Trevor Hunte course time: 5 hours, 34 minutes, 16 seconds. Previous record: 7 Hours, 59 minutes, 10 seconds.
    One-Design J/24 – Team College Fundscourse time: 8 hours, 37 minutes, 26 second. Previous record: 9 hours, 6 minutes, 38 seconds.
    60ft and Under – TP52 Conviction course time: 5 hours, 34 minutes, 16 seconds. Previous record: 6 hours, 7 minutes, 6 seconds.
    Singlehanded Monohull – J/24 Bunga-Bunga course time: 9 hours, 46 minutes, 42 seconds. Previous record: 9 hours, 49 minutes, 58 seconds.

Record-breakers in town for the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race tomorrow – Some of the world’s top sailors join the fleet for 80th anniversary race

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TP52 Conviction – photo Peter Marshall.

The 60-mile sprint clock-wise round Barbados has sparked a lot of interest with many of the world’s top speed sailors here on the island including Paul Larsen, Wouter Verbraak, Rob Greenhalgh, Brian Thompson, Lloyd Thornburg, Helena Darvelid, Ned Collier Wakefield, and Jonny Malbon currently preparing for a serious attempt at breaking records in tomorrow’s Mount Gay Round Barbados Race.

The weather is looking good for record-breaking too with winds forecast to reach 28+ knots. It looks as though the wind will be from the north-east for the early starters for the stretch to north point, then at midday it should turn east to provide an exciting sail all the way down to coast to east point.

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MS Barbados Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield – photo Peter Marshall.

Organised by Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, and Mount Gay, this historic race, which ran for the first time 80 years ago was based on bragging rights for the fastest Trading Schooners. The winner of the first race was Captain Lou Kenedy’s Sea Fox, which completed the course in 10 hours 20 minutes.

The current absolute record for Multihulls, set by Bryn Palmer on Silver Bullet in 2012, is 4 hours, 24 minutes, 27 seconds, while the absolute Monohull record with a time of 4 hours, 42 minutes, 20 seconds is held by Andy Budgen’s VO70 Monster Project. There are also 12 other records up for grabs, all of which offer the skipper’s weight in Mount Gay Rum as a prize if broken.

The line up tomorrow is impressive with the likes with two world-class MOD70s – MS Barbados Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, and Phaedo3 co skippered by Lloyd Thornburg and Brian Thompson threatening to annihilate the records. The smaller multihulls are ready for action too, with Silver Bullet already signed up, and sparring partners on Team Concise 12,the Diam 24 trimaran, hopefully taking part too.

The MOD70 Phaedo3 team who took line honours and a class win in the recent 3,500 mile RORC Transatlantic race with a time of 5 days 22 hours, 46 minutes, 03 seconds are looking to repeat their speedy performance. Commenting on his presence at the event, Thornburg said: “I am excited to be here, Barbados is such a beautiful island, the team and I am looking forward to racing around the island.”

MS Barbados Concise 10’s Paul Larsen, who has a history of sailing some of the wildest race machines ever to grace the oceans, including Vestas Sailrocket where he broke the outright world speed sailing record (65.45 kts), says it will be a tactical race. “Phaedo is quick but we have a few tricks learnt from out training, and if you ask me, it is all going to go to the wire – one gust could sort out the winner. Blasting along, side by side at over 30 knots of boat speed – it is going to be all on!”

Others to watch out for include the Farr 72 – Maximizer, a Custom 24 – Ocean Phoenix, and the Farr 65 – Spirit of Juno (Farr 65) in Class 80 and under, while the TP52 Conviction representing the Barbados Offshore Sailing Syndicate (BOSS) is hoping to defend the 60ft and Under Monohull Round Barbados record from last year.

Jason Tindale and the young team aboard the J/24 College Funds who established a class record last year with a time of 9 hours, 6 minutes, 38 seconds is another hoping to defend their title. However, they have some added competition in class this year with Bunga Bunga and Glory Daze, fresh from three days of intense Coastal Series racing, hoping to snatch the title.

One of the first to start tomorrow at 0700 is Ruth, the locally built 33m schooner. This impressive vessel, which was built on the beach in Carlisle Bay, and the design of which is based on the Canadian grand banks schooner Bluenose, is a working cargo ship that uses historic Caribbean regional trading routes. She also provides training opportunities for 18-25 year olds.

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Lay day polo match at Holders – photo Nigel Wallace.

Two of the prettiest boats on the line at 0900 will be the Alfred Milne-designed The Blue Peter and Galatea – a Bermudan Yawl-rigged, 1899-built classic. Others to watch out for before they zip through the start line at 0900 are the two windsurfers – Trevor Hunt on his Phantom Batwing 377 and Cornic Fabrice on a Fanatic.

Hunt who holds the official race record, and his personal record of 4 hours 48 minutes says the weather looks good. “Last year it was light and lots of seaweed around but this time we are going to smoke. I can do 34kts in any wind, so it’s going to be a blast. The aim is to get the record, and be back in daylight to enjoy a rum back onshore.”

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Trevor Hunte, hoping to break the Windsurfing record – photo Peter Marshall.

Finally, mention must be made of the most senior member of the fleet, 85-year-old Jerome Reid, who is sailing his 1984-built Van de Stadt 24 design Jump-up solo. Reid, who has competed in the last two races, commented: “The plan is to race, but I will make a final decision on the day. I will see what I feel like. I love the sea and love sailing my 24ft boat. She is great, and good ocean-going boat so I feel quite confident to race her round the island.”

With over 20 yachts taking part, there’ll be staggered starts from a committee boat line just off the Barbados Cruising Club commencing with the slowest boats at 0700, which means there’ll be plenty of opportunity for race followers to view the action from the beach.

The course will take the fleet clockwise round the island towards North Point. The most testing conditions are likely to be on the rugged east side of the island where there is big swell.

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Polo at Holders – photo Nigel Wallace.

As well as using lay day to make final preparations for the big race tomorrow, teams were given the opportunity to visit to the Mount Gay Rum Distillery earlier today and spend the afternoon soaking up the colonial-style hospitality at an exhibition polo match at Holders Polo Field.

 

80th Mount Gay Round Barbados Series Coastal Series Finale – Series concludes after another spectacular day on the racecourse

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Robbie Yearwood and team on Island Water World Die Hard, winners of the J/24 fleet – photo peter Marshall.

The final day of the Coastal Series at the 80th anniversary Mount Gay Round Barbados Regatta, organised by Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, and Mount Gay, concluded in fine style today with sunshine, wind up to 28kts, and a relatively flat sea. The ultra fast flying machines in particular, including the multihulls, reveled in the conditions along the south coast of the island with a long beat out to Oistins and a rewarding blast back home.

In Carlisle Bay, where winds remained around 18-20kts, the J/24 fleet enjoyed yet more close battles in the final four races of the series. With Robbie Yearwood and team on Island Water World Die Hard from Grenada, and Neil Burke and team onImpulse equal on points going into the final day’s racing, competition was guaranteed to be intense.

The situation looked good for Burke and team on Impulse with two wins in the bag after the first two races, while Yearwood and Team Island Water World Die Hard suffered with a couple of penalties, which left them having to count a third and a fourth. Living up to their name, however, Team Die Hard fought back and won the final two races, which left them snatching the title from Impulse by just one point.

Commenting on the team’s impressive win Robbie Yearwood said: “Absolutely delighted. After the first two races today we had a bit of a conference, settled down, put the past behind us, did what we had to do and focus on moving on. Thankfully it paid off.”

Peter Lewis and team on Whistler (J/105) in CSA Division had one of the best starts of the day, at the pin end of the line. They kept up the pace on the long beat to South Point and some good kite trimming on the long run back ensured them their third win of the series. In doing so they beat Conviction the local TP52 sailed by Clint Brooks and team representing the Barbados Offshore Sailing Syndicate (BOSS). Brooks commented. “Three days in, Paul Johnson at the helm, and the team of young sailors aged between 14-17 years olds are really starting to sail well, but just couldn’t quite beat Whistler on corrected time.”

Ian Hickling and crew on his Catalina – Ten Seven – enjoyed their best race of the series today in CSA Cruising Class. Although they were unable to dislodge David Spieler and team’s overall win on the Beneteau Oceanis 473 – Leonora – they won today’s race in fine style.

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Tropic Bird (Hunter 35) scored another win in Non CSA to take an overall class win – photo Peter Marshall.

Priscilla Richardson and team on Tropic Bird (Hunter 35) scored another win in Non CSA (Local Rating) class today to secure first place overall in the series. Mark Mostovac’s Jeanneau Attalia 32 – Waymar – finished fourth today but it was still enough to retain second place. However, one of the most impressive performances in class was Team Shangri La (Morgan 41) sailed by Jonathan Gittens and team. They had a good start in the building breeze and continued to sail well throughout and finished the day with a well-deserved second place, and third overall in series.

Some of the most exciting racing this week was in the Multihull Class between Bryn Palmer and team on the RC30 catamaran Silver Bullet, and Team Concise 12 on the Diam 24 trimaran. With one win apiece, the stage was set for the final showdown today. Both teams were fully charged ready to go but it was obvious from the start that Jack Trigger, Rob Gullan, and Helena Darvelid on Concise 12 had the edge in today’s conditions. They were able to really crank up their super-powerful machine and pull out a respectable lead over Team Silver Bullet. A long spinnaker run in clear air back from South Point was all TeamConcise 12 needed to secure the overall win of the Coastal Series.

Trigger commented: “I think we just found another gear today and everything felt good. We got away on the start line and that was it. But I have to say, having Silver Bullet to race against was great because that first race in particular, that they won, was so close.

“The goal was to come out here and win so, as a team we are very happy indeed. We are not yet sure if we are competing in the round Barbados Race. We just need to monitor the conditions before we make a decision.”

After three days of intense racing and lay day tomorrow, crews are making the most of the local hospitality tonight at the Post Race party at Barbados Yacht Club. Lay day activities tomorrow include a Mount Gay Rum distillery tour at Brandons in the morning, and a specially laid on regatta exhibition polo match and party at Holders Polo Field, St James in the afternoon.

80th Mount Gay Round Barbados Series 2 Restaurants Race – Classic Bajan conditions make for exhilarating racing on day 2

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Team Concise 12 on the Diam 24 trimaran won the multihull battle today – photo Peter Marshall.

Day 2 of the 80th anniversary Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series, organised by Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, and Mount Gay, served up the sort of conditions that the island of Barbados is known for – good winds and just enough of swell to keep the racing exciting.

The second day is traditionally the 2 Restaurants race with turning marks of the course laid just off two of the most popular restaurants on the island – The Beach House Bar and Restaurant on the west coast, and Tapas Restaurant on the south coast. For this 20+ nautical mile race, the sparkling, lively conditions couldn’t have been better.

With winds that reached 20+ knots, there were plenty of thrills and spills particularly on the tight reach along the west coast where many pushed the limits with the temptation to hold the kite just a fraction too long.

Although the J/24 fleet raced three of four windward/leeward races within Carlisle Bay, the fourth race – in the windiest conditions of the day – took the fleet on an 11-mile sprint round Needhams Point to Tapas Restaurant mark. Racing in this class was, once again, extremely close throughout. Robert Povey and team on Hawkeye started the day with a good win in race one but it was Robbie Yearwood and team on Island Water World Die Hard who sailed consistently and won the day. With two more first places to add to two from yesterday, Team Island Water World Die Hard now lead overall with one day to go.

Commenting on his success on the racecourse, Yearwood said: “Undoubtedly our win was down to good crew work. They have been sailing together for a very long time and today they demonstrated their ability to be able to change gear quickly. They also have the ability to leave things behind if things go wrong rather than dwelling on them.”

Peter Lewis and team on Whistler (J/105) enjoyed another win in CSA Division, while Conviction (TP52) took a commendable second place, which leaves her firmly in second place overall. Clint Brooks, whose team represents the Barbados Offshore Sailing Syndicate (BOSS) – a local project that promotes youth in sailing – commented. “We had a fantastic time and the team of youngster which range from 14-17 years old just love this sort of sailing weather. Today we clocked 20kts of boat speed, so it was full on. The youngsters train regularly on the boat but this sort of racing is the perfect training ground for our forthcoming race season. To finish second today is a great achievement. After this event we’re off to Grenada Week, then competing in the Caribbean 600.”

Leonora CSA cruising

Beneteau Oceanis 473 – Leonora – overnight leaders of CSA Cruising Class – photo Peter Marshall.

With a first place to add to a second place yesterday, David Spieler and team on the Beneteau Oceanis 473 – Leonora – are now overnight leaders of CSA Cruising Class, while Priscilla Richardson and team on Tropic Bird (Hunter 35) lead the way in Non CSA (Local Rating) class. The Blue Peter, the beautiful Alfred Milne classic that won class yesterday finished seventh today, which leaves her in third overall, just one place astern of the Canadian-registered Jeanneau Attalia 32 – Waymar.

Commenting on Tropic Bird’s win and overall lead, Michael Brown, tactician, said: “We had a fantastic race and it was a perfect day for sailing in Barbados with 15-20kts all day. To be honest we are out there for the fun of it and today we just happened to win.”

The battle of the Multihull fleet continues between Bryn Palmer and team on the RC30 catamaran Silver Bullet and TeamConcise 12 on the Diam 24 trimaran. The conditions really gave both teams a chance to put these super-fast multihulls through their paces. Each had a turn at the front of the fleet as they blasted along the coast but in the end it was Team Concise that won the day.

Commenting on their win, Jack Trigger said: “It is fantastic to race against Silver Bullet because they are such different boats but we seem to be racing well together. Today was windier than we expected but really exciting particularly in the big swell. The boat likes to put her nose down so it is always pretty wet and fast. Sailing here is idyllic, the perfect place. In a boat like our where you are wet the whole time it is so great not to feel cold. We have been here training on the MOD70 for over a month now and to get 20 kts of Trade wind every day and flat water along the coast is certainly the best sailing I’ve ever done.”

Palmer, who suffered some gear problems on Silver Bullet today, including a split spinnaker, spoke positively about the racing. “It was great to have such good competition again. A bit of mark confusion, which led us to regain the lead on an unprepared spinnaker leg, however, resulted in us going shrimping with our spinnaker. That was game over for us. We did finish but ended up trailing Concise 12 by a good distance in the end.”

Tomorrow’s it is the final day of racing in the Coastal Series with one race remaining in all classes except the J/24 class where another four races are scheduled.