Les Voiles de St. Barth 2014: Famine to Feast

With several classes still up for grabs, crews going into the final day of racing at Les Voiles de St. Barth were eager to get on the race course and best the score. The conditions remained fresh, with a 22 – 25 knot southeasterly producing an impressive swell on the island’s windward side. [Read more…]

Sweethearts and Classics taste the teeth of the SE wind at Nanny Cay

Photo: Yacht Shots BVI

With the Jolly Roger, the “Loyal” West End Yacht Club’s traditional home closed, Nanny Cay hosted this year’s Sweethearts of the Caribbean last weekend (Feb 16/17).

With winds gusting to 26 knots, day one of the 35th running of the Sweethearts of the Caribbean was a rollicking affair. An unusually angry sea was pushing into Nanny Cay, the revised venue for this event – traditionally held in Soper’s Hole. [Read more…]

Victory for Elethea and the Teenage Crew of Digicel Challenger!

Digicel Challenger Win CSA Racing Class – Credit: Jody Sallons-Day/Leadingimage.org

The young crew of Cork 1720 Digicel Challenger were celebrating their victory at the beach party prizegiving this evening (Sunday 10th) after their overall win in the Racing Division in the Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta which ended this afternoon in Antigua.  “This is a great victory for us,” said helmsman Bob Green. “The guys have worked so hard, training after school to prepare for this event”. [Read more…]

Day 1 Race Report: Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta & Rum Festival

Rick Gormley’s First 38, Elethea (left) and Don Ward’s Frolic, Luders Naval Academy Yawl – Winner of the CSA Cruising Division – Credit: Jody Sallons-Day www.leadingimage.org

Day 1 of racing at the Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta & Rum Festival belonged to youth and elegance. Youth powered the Cork 1720 Digicel Challenger to a win in the CSA Spinnaker Class in the 13.6 mile race. The crew onboard, aged 14-16, showed some real talent in manoeuvring their boat around the varied marks of the course, steered by the masterful Shawn Malone. Elegance was Don Ward’s Luders Naval Academy Yawl, Frolic which took the top slot in the CSA Cruising Division in a close finish only 30 seconds ahead of second placed Elethea, a Beneteau First 38. [Read more…]

Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta: Let the Hot Competition Begin!

The countdown is on to the start of the Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta & Rum Festival today. It’s an event that the world outside Antigua, WI is going to hear a lot more about as the regatta moves to the international stage after 20 successful years of great local racing in the blue waters on the leeward side of this sailors’ favourite tropical island [Read more…]