Racing action at Antigua Sailing Week got underway with the stand-alone Peters & May Round Antigua Race.
Sunshine was in abundance, but with light conditions expected all day, Antigua Sailing Week Race Manager Jaime Torres chose a shortened course.
Testing the teams at every point of sail, two race tracks were set of around 25 and 15 miles, providing smooth racing and gorgeous vistas of Antigua.
Starting off the Pillars of Hercules outside Nelson’s Dockyard, the fleet played the stunning shoreline on the south side of Antigua, beating past Willoughby Bay and Half Moon Bay. At Green Island, the raceboats cracked sheets to reach up the windward side of Antigua.
CSA 1, CSA 2, and the Multihull classes raced past Devil’s Bridge to a virtual mark. CSA 3 had a different virtual mark providing a shorter course.
The fleet gybed south on a reciprocal course to pass Green Island for the second time. A broad reach to Cat and a tactical beat to the finish gave a spicy flavour to the finish outside Antigua’s Nelson’s Dockyard.
The overall winner after CSA time correction for the Peters & May Trophy was Geoff Manchester’s J/133 Vamoose (USA).
The home port for Vamoose is Newport, Rhode Island, and the boat has been in Antigua since February.
“We are here ‘moosing’ around,” joked Geoff Manchester, skipper of Vamoose. “We got a good start, and upwind is our thing, plus the boat is very good in light air. After getting the gain we didn’t give it back, so we had a fantastic day.
The boat has stayed here since February and we have met some friends and put a good crew together. Antigua is a beautiful place that has become our home for the winter.”