Day 2 - Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 2011
March 18, 2011
The breeze was set at 12-14 knots as the sailing yachts headed out to compete on a course which would see the fleet circumnavigate Virgin Gorda. For many of the yachts, the inaugural Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous is the first opportunity to measure their skills against competitors they will be facing for the rest of the Caribbean season and then again when racing returns to the Mediterranean in June at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta.
Zefira and Lady B both had good starts, followed by the rest of the fleet at two minute intervals. Richard Branson headed out in his tender from nearby Necker Island to take in the action and the thrilling sight of superyachts racing in this area.
‘This is one of the most gorgeous courses... a great day. The event is superb,’ said Peter Corr, owner of Aiyana.
The race takes in the harsh rugged west coast, putting in several upwind tacks, where Lady B and Sojana overtake Twizzle. Powering behind them is Hanuman which moves up the fleet at astonishing speed. As the fleet separates considerably for the long downwind spinnaker leg, its time to take in the scenery including the appearance of two breaching whales which add some excitement to the long and very hot leg.
The wind picks up at the top of the island, where the yachts squeeze between Round Rock and Ginger Island, before passing The Blinders and Broken Jerusalem. As the finish line draws closer, the yachts pass The Baths then on to the dramatic Dog Islands to the finish.
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