Light winds proved problematic for some of the superyachts out on the water for the Americas Cup Superyacht Regatta… but not for Rebecca: 2nd in class!
‘Day 3 was forecasted to bring more wind and with everyone in our class on 5 points it was all to play for.
The downwind start in 13 knots of breeze had us crossing the line with 5 sails up and doing 12 knots down the track. On the long fetch after the bottom mark the breeze started to die and by the start of the second run was down to a 6 knots; not ideal conditions for Rebecca, forcing us to sail high angles to keep the kite full and the boat moving.
At the second bottom mark we rounded just behind Sojana and started the beat to the finish in a very light shifty breeze that saw us cross the line 4 minutes behind them with Action and Hyperion a further 5 minutes back. On handicap the race and class win went to Action and we took second from Sojana by 18 seconds.
The long motor back to Hamilton gave us time to wash down the boat, have a tidy up and watch in awe as the Team NZ cat flew past us again as we motored through the sound.
Its been yet another great regatta with the crew on Rebecca; to my mind still the prettiest boat on the water.’
Steve Branagh, Founder of RSB, sailing with Pendennis built S/Y Rebecca for the Americas Cup SYR