RSB Rigging Solutions Steve Branagh has been visiting the beautiful and charismatic island of Antigua just recently and taking part in the fun filled Superyacht Challenge Antigua on board the lovely Pendennis built sailing yacht Rebecca. The sailing regatta is in it’s 5th year and is proving to be an exciting annual event that sailors look forward to with great enthusiasm. Not only are there three days of brilliant sailing to enjoy but each day is also topped off with an entertaining evening event to keep the party spirit in everyone alive.
The first evening event is the welcoming cocktail party which is held at the beautiful Gunpowder House down in Nelsons dockyard and where everyone mingles and gets into the spirit of the regatta. The following night, the participants are invited to the famous "Cook Off" which is held at the Superyacht Dock in Nelsons Dockyard and where prizes are given for the best dressed, best effort and of course best food and where some of the Caribbeans famous rum can be enjoyed. The "Caribbean Night" is the theme for the next evening event where the loudest Caribbean shirt is the look that will win that nights prize and then after three days of fabulous sailing the final prize giving is held at the historic and picturesque Admirals Inn, where Nelson himself along with his men would have met.
Steve gives us a short commentary after the first days sailing. 'The conditions here have been unseasonably light with yesterdays race starting in 8 to 9 knots of shifty wind and a slight rolling swell. On Rebecca we have been practicing for a few days before the regatta as the boat has recently had a major refit including new EC6 standing rigging, all new halyard locks, re-profiled keel and a full suit of North 3Di sails including a 153% genoa. In the light conditions this genoa was working very well and gave us good speed up wind while the A2 spinnaker combined with the Mizzen staysail gave us good down wind speed.'
'The course started with a short upwind leg followed by a long downwind run, a long upwind beat back to the top mark and a short run to the finish and with the shifts coming through it proved to be a mine field for the tacticians in the fleet. On Rebecca we got caught on the wrong side of a couple of shifts on the beat and lost a bit of time to the leaders giving us a 5th overall behind Visione, Inui, Adela and P2.'
'Last night was the dock bbq with each boat having to cook there choice of food which was judged by the race organisers before everyone was able to taste it and give their own opinions. The winner will be announced at the final prize giving.'
Since then all the races have been sailed and it seems that everyone had a fabulous three days with Rebecca coming in a brilliant 2nd in Class and 5th overall. Well done to all the fearless crew and especially to RSB's Steve Branagh.