Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean topped by Stark Raving Mad and Arethusa

Stark Raving Mad (USA), Class A winner, 2013 Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands provided the sumptuous setting for the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean, which concluded on Friday 15 March following four days of intriguing, sporting competition. Over twenty Nautor’s Swan yachts representing nearly ten countries and territories provided a dynamic spectacle in idyllic waters and varying wind conditions.

The week’s triumphant crews and recipients of the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean Trophy and Rolex timepieces were: Stark Raving Mad (USA) in Class A (reserved for yachts measuring upwards of 18.29m/60-ft) and Arethusa (USA) in Class B (yachts measuring less than 18.29m). [Read more…]

Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean sees repeat performance for leaders

Rolex Swan Cup – Caribbean 2013 Photo By: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

Swan 80 Selene takes the win off Jim Madden’s Swan 601 Stark Raving Mad in Maxi Class while James Blackmore’s Swan 53 Music was first in Class B on second day of racing in Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean

Late night dancing under the stars at the Oil Nut Bay Beach Party did not dent the energy and enthusiasm of the Swan crews and owners at the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean this morning.

With ten knots of prevailing Caribbean winds out of the East, racing organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda got underway at 1100. The course for the racing divisions reversed the route taken yesterday, with a downwind start outside North Sound down Drake’s Passage keeping the Dog Islands to starboard. Turning North with Round Rock to port and racing hard on the wind along the East coast of Virgin Gorda before turning West at Pajaros Point, launching their spinnakers to pass Oil Nut Bay and continue towards Necker Island and onto to the finish. PRO Peter Craig ensured that the fleet returned to the dock in good time for the ClubSwan Cocktail competition. [Read more…]

Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean kicks off in style

Swan 80 Selene – day one of Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

With warm Caribbean breezes, turquoise waters and brilliant sunshine, the stage was set for the first day of racing at the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Virgin Gorda. In Class A it was Swan 80 Selene who dominated, while Swan 53 Music was first in Class B.

The race committee, under the direction of PRO Peter Craig, took advantage of the conditions with a gently building breeze from the East to set the racing divisions off around Virgin Gorda.  Starting off the entrance to North Sound, the 25nm course was straight forward – Necker Island to starboard, Round Rock on the Southern tip of Virgin Gorda to port before turning North, back up Drakes Passage to leave the Dog Islands to port, finishing in front of the entrance to North Sound. [Read more…]

Rolex Swan Cup – Swans at the ready

Rolex Swan Cup yachts docked at YCCS Photo By: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

A full fleet of Swan yachts, an alluring playground and four days of intense racing: all hallmarks of the upcoming Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean. Commencing today, Monday 11 March, the event will be held over the next 5 days at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s (YCCS) recently launched base on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.

Swan yachts ranging from 12.98 metres (42 foot) to 30.20m (100 ft) and representing countries including Belgium, Italy, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States make up the entry list. Competing Swans will be divided into two groups: Class A (Maxi), measuring upwards of 18.29m/60-ft; and, Class B, reserved for yachts measuring less than 18.29m. [Read more…]

Countdown to the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival

Beneteau First 42, Molto Bene enjoys some ‘hot racing’ during the 2012 event Credit: Todd van Sickle

25-31 March – BVI Spring Regatta – Warm Water Hot racing Guaranteed!

With less than three weeks to go until the 42nd edition of the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival at Nanny Cay, a truly international cast is making ready to take centre stage in our beautiful sailing grounds.

The BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival has always attracted sailors from around the world to take part and this year is no exception. Entries from at least 12 different nations will compete and include: Australia, Germany, USA, Netherlands, Sweden, UK, Luxembourg, Canada, Russia, Switzerland, British Virgin Islands and other Caribbean islands. [Read more…]