Sun and sea and plenty of rum

Action from Antigua Sailing Week following day two

Tuesday April 30th 2002, Author: Alaistair Abrehart, Location: Caribbean


Roy Disney's Pyewacket

In the light 10-knot breezes of day two at the 2002 Antigua Sailing Week, current Big Boat class and overall leader Pyewacket once again made the racing look like a walk in the park - albeit a very fast and efficient one.

Slick crew work with crisp hoists, drops and jibes saw Pyewacket finishing nine minutes ahead of the next finisher Titan from Puerto Rico in the first race and second races. Although on the course she looked, and was, unstoppable as she marched passed boats on downwind legs without a second glance and averaging about fifteen knots, corrected times whittled her lead down to 30 seconds in the first race and just under two minutes in the second - Swan 70 Chippewa was the one behind her. Chippewa is now second in class and third in fleet. Spirit of Jethou is third in class.

The spinnaker class raced twice today with a windward/leeward followed by an Olympic course while the non-spinnaker racers wended their way via a 19-mile course to Jolly Harbour.

UK Swan Noonmark VI managed to maintain top slot in Racing II and second overall by winning the first race but dropped the second to last year's class winner Lolita. Caccia Alla Volpe and Brigadoon VII are tying for third place.

Lost Horizon II, always a tough boat to beat, notched up another two victories today as it reveled in home waters while the two Mumm 30s Twisted Lizard and Red Fever fought over second and third places in extremely close racing throughout the day. Twisted Lizard came to the fore beating Red Fever over the line by 43 seconds in race one and one minute and four seconds in race two. Second and third respectively in the first race those extra few seconds between them in race two allowed a few boats to sneak in on corrected time and Red Fever was sixth to Twisted's second. However Red Fever ended up third in class at the end of the day.

Antrim 27 Rhumb Squall, sailing against itself in the Sport Boat division, was first - in both races.

Things are hotting up in Racer/Cruiser I with it looking like the competition is going to be between last year's class winner Encore, Orfeo and Starr Trail. At close of play today, Encore and Starr Trail were tying for first place with five points each while Orfeo is third with eight points. Spirit of Isis had a crew member taken overboard by a genoa sheet, who was safely recovered, and is apparently okay.

Puerto Rican Beneteau 52 Timbalero 2 is holding on to first place in class with two more bullets today while Celerity is second and Jus' Do It 2 is third.

Racer Cruiser III is becoming the scene for intense inter-Caribbean battles with Antiguan boats Trouble and Flechette first and second in class with two points between them. A gentle rivalry between BVI boats Pipe Dream and Hullabuloo - who have been battling it out through the Caribbean regatta season - began to simmer gently as they ended up in the protest room this evening and concluded with Pipe Dream being disqualified from the second race; an unwelcome situation after a third in the first race and a second in the second before the DSQ.

Hugh Bailey and crew aboard HuGo are cock a hoop to be leading Jim Dolan's Bravo as they go in to day three of racing tomorrow in the non-spinnaker Racer/Cruiser. Pavlova II is third.

Richard Matthews' Oyster Catcher XXIV is two for two in Cruising I with quite a powerhouse onboard of the boat's designer Rob Humphreys and Harold Cudmore. However, according to Richard that's not the only reason for the success to date: "This year I'm sailing my boat and not borrowing someone else's. I've done 16,000 miles in Oyster Catcher XXIV." The former Whitbread maxi King's Legend is second and Restless Farewell, third.

Gaid Prat, a Jeanneau 38 from France, is leading Cruising II with Galatea of Southampton second and Alliance third.

Jan Soderberg looks set to take his fifth victory in the Bareboat division with another win in class and division today.

Full results will be available in due course....

See page two for more of Tim Wright's photos of day two's racing....

To see more of Tim Wright's photos click here or go to website his website

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