Tense Finale in Paradise – Antigua Sailing Week


Piet Vroon’s Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens 3 (Photo Credit: Tim Wright/Photoaction.com)

Friday. 2 May 2014. High drama and fantastic conditions rounded off the 47th edition of Antigua Sailing Week. Going into the last day, two yachts racing under CSA were undefeated, scoring seven straight bullets: Piet Vroon’s Dutch Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens 3 and David Cullen’s Irish J/109, Pocket Rocket were both vying for the prestigious overall prize, The Lord Nelson Trophy.

Several classes hung in the balance and the outcome of a whole week of racing was to be decided by seconds in CSA 2 & CSA 4. The last day of racing provided the windiest conditions of the week. Gusting up to 20 knots with an agitated sea state, the spray was flying off hulls on the south coast of Antigua and there was a ‘Cinderella moment’ for one of Antigua’s veteran yacht racers. [Read more…]

2014 BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival – Highland Fling and Tonnerre Ready to Rumble

Tonnerre de Breskens, Piet Vroon’s Ker 46 – Photo Credit: Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

The BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival has often attracted overseas entries and this year is no exception.  The regatta has a reputation for wonderful racing in the Sir Francis Drake Channel and Caribbean Sea followed by fun-filled parties after the sun goes down. Two notable early entries to this year’s regatta are Irving Laidlaw’s RP52, Highland Fling and Piet Vroon’s Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens.

Irving Laidlaw has been racing all over the world for decades and his series of Highland Fling racing yachts have won world championships and grand prix events on both sides of the Atlantic. With an all-star professional crew, the Reichel Pugh designed Highland Fling will be a class act at this year’s BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival and with the TP52 Super Series in Miami, there is the mouth-watering possibility of similar designs to Highland Fling taking up the gauntlet. [Read more…]