Bodacious dream win leg 1 of the Atlantic cup!

Bodacious dream win leg 1 of the Atlantic cup!

Sunday May 19 2013 Author: Sam Holliday Location: United States

Bodacious Dream win leg 1 of The Atlantic Cup 2013...

Apologies for not writing sooner, as I am sure you can imagine the last few days have been more than hectic!

Leg one of the Atlantic cup started last saturday in brilliant sunshine and a good breeze. At the starting gun it was obvious that Gryphon Solo 2 would have to make an extra tack allowing them to hit the start line as they positioned themselves further into Charleston Harbour. Once again Ben Poucher and Tim Fetsch of Icarus racing dominated the fleet to be first out of the harbour and around the races only turning mark to the jetties. However once there Bodacious dream took the lead with Icarus and Dragon hot on their heels. With a fantastic spectator fleet out on the water (around 45 boats) Charleston did themselves proud and proved they are serious about offshore racing.

Once the fleet left the jetties the teams had two decisions. First - to head straight for the Gulfstream benefiting from the favourable currents but sailing  further or to sail  fewer miles in less stable winds. All of the 7 boats sailed the extra miles although Icarus held its inshore route for much longer than anyone else. The first night was a wild one for all. Boat speeds in excess of 15knts with squalls of 35knts and an angry sky spitting out lighting every other second - several crews sustained damage, one broached and Lecoq Cuisine managed to put a spreader through their mainsail.

After 36 hours of racing the breeze shifted from the fast reaching/running conditions the crews were enjoying to light upwind angles meaning more strategies had to come into play. Bodacious dream and Lecoq Cuisines offshore tactic looked sure to propel them up the east coast. Interestingly both 40 degrees and Icarus racing dived inshore and looked set to maintain their position with the leading pair which they did for some time. The top 4 fought hard throughout the next 24 hours as temperatures dropped and the breeze disappeared. Bo Dream, Icarus and  40 Degrees fought their way through the brutal light patch and managed to catch a left hand shift closer to shore.  As a result they started pulling away from the rest of the group.  Lecoq Cuisine also managed to squeak through but seemed to have difficulties in the lighter air more than the rest of the lead pack and lost miles albeit nothing to serious.

The race for leg 1 really did go down to the wire with Bodacious dream winning, and Lecoq Cuisine fighting it out for second with 40 Degrees. Some clever navigation on the entrance to NYC won the race for second for Lecoq with 40 degrees finishing some 700m behind.

 

Full race results:

2013-Offshore Leg 1: Charleston-New York City Provisional Results

                                Elapsed      
    Starting Time:       Finish Time   Time Time Leg Leg
Team   H   M   S   DateFinished   H   M   S   H:M:S Difference Position Points
118 – Bodacious Dream   14 : 05 : 00   14-5-13   21 : 06 : 15   79:01:15  0:00:00 1 14
121 – Lecoq Cuisine   14 : 05 : 00   14-5-13   21 : 14 : 43   79:09:43  0:08:28 2 12
90 – 40 Degrees   14 : 05 : 00   14-5-13   22 : 01 : 12   79:56:12  0:54:57 3 10
116 – Icarus   14 : 05 : 00   14-5-13   22 : 32 : 36   80:27:36  01:26:21 4 8
106 – Gryphon Solo 2   14 : 05 : 00   14-5-13   23 : 07 : 29   81:02:29  02:01:14 5 6
54 – Dragon   14 : 05 : 00   14-5-13   23 : 11 : 57   81:06:57  02:05:42 6 4
39 – Pleiad Racing   14 : 05 : 00   15-5-14   01 : 13 : 00   83:08:00  04:06:45 7 2
                                       

So congratulations to the dream!

 

More soon,

Sam

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