Consistency pays in Bahamas
It was a close battle between Stuart and Marrgwen’s Virago and John Kilroy’s Samba Pa Ti in the second race of the day. All the boats were tight at the gate rounding, with 15 boats vying for the same aquatic real estate. There were a few minor collisions and close calls everywhere on the last downwind leg. Kilroy covered Townsend gybe for gybe on the sprint to the finish, looking for a passing lane, but Virago held on to win by 20 seconds.
Race three saw the first clean start of the day, with no OCS boats. The fleet split with half going right and the rest left on the first run. Pegasus fought their way through the crowd on the second beat to gain the lead and kept it to take their second bullet of the day.
Consistency was just as important as winning races today, as demonstrated by the Canadian team on board Terry McLaughlin’s Defiant. They are quietly leading the fleet with finishes of 2, 3, 5, although Pegasus and Samba are close behind with 11 points each.
Racing concludes tomorrow with multiple races planned. The sailors will have two days to enjoy the Bahamian hospitality before racing reconvenes for the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship on November 13.
The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Cup trophy will be awarded to the overall winner of the MeesPierson Farr 40 Bahamian Championship. It has been dedicated by the Nassau Yacht Club as a perpetual trophy and will remain on display in Nassau. Trophies for the regatta will be presented at the Bahamian Government House on November 12, in conjunction with the Opening Ceremony for the World Championship.
|Place||Boat Name||Owner||Race 1 pts||Race 2 pts||Race 3 pts||Total points|
|3||SAMBA PA TI||John Kilroy||3||2||6||11|
|4||NERONE||Mezzaroma / Migliori||4||10||3||17|
|5||VIRAGO||Stuart Townsend||10 p20||1||11||22|
|6||BARKING MAD||Jim Richardson||8||4||12||24|
|8||BOTTADICULO||Arrivabene / Mincione||10||11||10||31|
|11||GROOVEDERCI||John / Deneen Demourkas||24 dnf||6||9||39|
|14||LE RENARD||Steve Phillips||9||8||24 dnf||41|
|15||GONE TOO FARR||Dave Carrel||11||16||15||42|
|16||CROCODILE ROCK||Geremia / Harris||15||24 dnf||4||43|
|17||MORNING GLORY||Hasso Plattner||6||13||24 dnf||43|
|19||ASSEGAI||Leo / Hunt||12||20||18||50|
|20||EMOTIONAL HOOLIGAN||Marcus Blackmore||19||21||13||53|
|21||NORWEGIAN STEAM||Eivind Astrup||21||18||14||53|
|22||FLASH GORDON 4||Helmut Jahn||18||19||20||57|
|23||BREEZE||Vincenzo Onorato||24 dnc||24 dnc||24 dnc||72|