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A report and photographs from a blissful Angostura Tobago Sailweek
Another gleaming day in Tobago dawned with the fleet anxious to head out to the start line for the final days racing at Angostura Tobago Sailweek culminating on Friday 19th May. With many places on the podium still hanging in the balance, and a lot of races to get through, no one could rest on their laurels. It was crucial for everyone to do their best in every race order to secure a winning position. This splendid little regatta that rounds up the Caribbean Sailing Season boasts a feisty fleet of racing boats including a group of Beneteau First 10m, Melges 32’, Henderson 36’, all flaunting their sophisticated carbon accessories and 3DL sails. In the more sedate Cruiser Racing and Cruising class there are elegant designs like Sparkman & Stephens 34’, Santa Cruz 70’ and Oyster 66’. There is something for everyone in Tobago and all competitors are reigned in under the Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) rating system. Yacht like Crash Test Dummies, Bruggadung, and Storm are well campaigned throughout the region and bring a standard of excellence to the racing in Tobago. Racing class go through four starts and finishes a day – the Lay Day offers some time for R&R out on the cool, blue, Bon Accord Lagoon. Racing Classes Even though Bruggadung II was in pole position on the score board, they had to fight hard to keep their lead bringing in a third, fourth and finally first positions in the three races. Once again they have conquered the racing fleet in Tobago with a total of 20 points followed by Storm with 46 points, and High Tension B Mobile with 54. A surprising flurry came from outsider, Whistler, who pulled a rabbit out of the hat on the last day to cadge first and second place in the first

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