In our last blog, we spoke mostly about race one. Race two also started out with light winds and we managed to get a pretty good start. In fact, we raced well and didn’t have any issues over the duration of the course. The racing was beautiful and it was nice to have different points of sail during the course. Harry Ingram who raced with us when we won Traditional Class a few years before on Ocean Nomad came down from Scotland once again and left his wheel chair on the dock each day to help us race around the course. He purchased a CD full of lovely images from Tim Wright of www.photoaction.com and you will see more photos from that CD in race three and four. Alan Scholl, one of our Crew members, took some nice shots too. Harry is seen just in front of me in this image taken on board by Alan:
You can also see that once again Andy from the HIHO clothing company set up the Adventure Antigua Zemi crew with ultra comfortable shirts. They will have several shops open in English Harbour this week selling their gear for Antigua Sailing Week as they are the main clothing sponsor for the event. I took these shots while Andy took over the helm from me:
Race three was “The Cannon” which is a long race of reaching back and forth between two marks. It’s the race that boats that don’t normally do well upwind or downwind have their chance to do well. As expected the winds picked up and we saw boats much closer during this course than they were in the other two races. Once again our team was well dressed thanks to Mount Gay Rum who supplied us with their world famous red regatta caps and some bright shirts too. This shot was taken by Max Freeling of the Hideout Restaurant here in Antigua as we went into a tack before the race got started. Max took some great shots while out volunteering with Antigua Barbuda Search and Rescue (ABSAR). This shot was one taken by photoaction.comand another by Tim hereAfter racing for three and a half hours we finished first over the line for the third time but this time we finished second after the handicap had been worked out by 45 seconds. Can you imagine that 45 seconds! This shot below was taken from my Dad’s boat by Sarah as we reached toward the finish. They saw a whale just after we passed.
After race three it was the traditional “parade” which is where the boats do a parade one by one through Nelson’s Dockyard giving the people on the shore a better look. Here is a nice shot of us taken by Keith Hayes from Catherines Cafe. And here’s another one from Max: In order for us to win the regatta in our class we had to keep sailing like we had been doing. There was one more race to go.