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News: Delineating Day 1 of Superyacht Yacht Antigua

February 2, 2010 by Superyacht News
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The Superyacht Cup Antigua 2010, from the start, was expected to have a different competition this time. The first day of the event, which was held for the fourth time, began with bright sunshine, blue skies and wind of 18 – 22 knot north east. The event had a great grand-prix racing experience and also the necessary guest-experience which offered excitement, best proximity and breathtaking views off the south coast of Antigua. On 29th January, the crew took over the Nelson’s Dockyard following the dress code of Pirates of the Caribbean for a barbecue on the dock and live music. The second race began on 30th January.

According to Mike Quilter, though the range of the race was small, there was good competition because of ketches like SY Rebecca. SY Rebecca which began first along the Cades Reef turned victorious with Ranger following it. However, Ranger could hardly survive the competition when its hoist got ripped and was forced to sail down. It was left with just the mainsail and jib, giving away a good time to the guests and the owners present at the event. On the other side, the ketch theory didn’t work with Sojana. These had to function with only the mainsail and jib. However, l 45m Visione – a Baltic creation began 25 minutes after Rebecca and won the race by over 4 minutes.

Considering that the organizers of SYC are working with the Bucket Regattas to make a new superyacht racing protocol, it is going to be one exciting superyacht racing season. The aim behind developing the protocol is to offer the best, safest and most suitable format for racing superyachts. Currently, the audiences are divided between the ISAF racing rules and the amended COLREGS protocol. A meeting was held on Tuesday to gather important suggestions for the first draft of protocol from the eminent persons of the yacht industry present in the town. They invited all the participating Yacht Captains, top racing skippers of different sections and long-time Bucket supporters. Valuable inputs for the protocol were received from Robbie Doyle and Peter Holmberg of P2; Jens Christensen from North Sails and Garth Brewer from Visione and Earl Williams, Alistair Tait and Dan Jackson from Ranger.

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