Monday, March 4, 2013

And 1 more win on Sunday.. and winner of our class..

Very nice day of sailing with very good wind and nothing but sun and very nice turquoise waters..

Our results.. under CSA 4


Pricegiving..  on the podium with the team..


Through the bridge back to Lagoonies with champagne..

 We won our class...  CSA4

 Gunboats.. full carbon everything, and made to race.. we are doing 7.8 knots here and they came flying bey wit 15.. or 20????

 something broke on the boom, we could sail on..
  Expensive helicopter Cees explained us..  5 or 6 mljn

 Creation of breakfast and crew arrival...
St. Maarten Heineken RegattaPress Release

On A Classic Day of Caribbean Sailing, Winners Crowned in 19 Classes to Wrap Up 33rd St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

Simpson Bay, St. Maarten- The 33rd running of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta concluded today in fitting style, with staunch and steady south-southeast trade winds of 15-20 knots, seas flecked with white caps, and superb Caribbean sailing. It was one of those yachting days made for superlatives, and official scorer and "regatta guru" Paul Miller unleashed a torrent of them. "The sparkling turquoise waters made for champagne sailing," he said. And he was right.
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On Day 3, the wind blew. And blew. First hard. And then harder. For the crews of the 202 yachts who'd descended on St. Maarten to race sailboats, it was what they'd come looking for, and it was definitely worth the wait.
After Saturday's race to Marigot, the fleet reassembled on the western, French side of St. Maarten today to put the finishing touches on what had evolved into yet another memorable edition of "The Heineken." With solid breeze gusting to over 20-knots, the race committees for both the A and B fleets took full advantage of the sweet conditions and sent the racers on challenging courses that took them into and across the Anguilla Channel before a long upwind leg along the island's southern shore to a finish line off Simpson Bay.

The B fleets that included all five Bareboat classes, Multihull divisions 3-5, and the Lottery Class sailed a 15 nautical-mile course starting in Marigot Bay.

The Multihull 1-2 classes, and CSA 1, all competed on a 29.5 nautical mile course that took them to a turning mark off Tintamarre before turning downwind into the Anguilla Channel; the other CSA 2-8 classes sailed a slightly abbreviated 22.5 nautical mile race. The timing was such that the entire fleet converged on Blowing Rocks off the western point of Anguilla en masse, and the sight of dozens of race boats shredding across the clear waters was sensational.

The B fleet spun around a turning mark just inside the reef. But the CSA and Multihull racing classes in the A fleet came ripping down the Anguilla Channel under spinnakers and rounded Blowing Rocks before dousing their kites and trimming sails for the final leg to Simpson Bay. Those who witnessed the spectacle will no doubt remember it for some time.

While several crews in some of the classes came into Sunday's racing with comfortable leads, there was plenty at stake for many of the competitors in several other divisions. In the CSA 1 battle between heavyweights, Jeremy Pilkington's Baltic 78, Lupa of London, and Jan Rupert's Tripp 75, Blackbird,came into Sunday's racing with identical scores of three points apiece. From the outset of the race, the two giants were locked head to head, effectively beginning what turned into a long, closely contested, point-to-point match race. In the end, it was Lupa's day to shine, and with a Sunday victory the sleek 78-footer reigned supreme in the big-boat class of this year's St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.
CSA 3 was another class that was up for grabs on Sunday, and it was stacked with talent, including last year's recipient of the Most Worthy Performance Overall Award, Richard Wesslund's El Ocaso. But El Ocaso's uncharacteristic 14th in Day 1 ultimately proved to be too high an obstacle to overcome, and in a major surprise, the boat was denied a podium finish.

So on Sunday, in CSA 3 it came down to Sergio Sagramoso's J/122, Lazy Dog-a perennial Heineken Regatta contender-and a newcomer to the fleet, Greg Slyngstad's J/125, Hamachi. The latter sailed a tremendous race, and was the first of all CSA boats to round Blowing Rocks after flying down the Anguilla Channel under a huge, white asymmetric spinnaker. When the spray settled, Hamachi was second on Sunday, and Lazy Dog won the final CSA 3 race on corrected time. Remarkably, however, both boats were tied with identical scores of 15.5. But Lazy Dog's last day victory proved to be the difference, and the crew from Puerto Rico earned the title of CSA 3 champ.
There was less drama in CSA 4 and CSA 8, but a pair of dominant showings well worth celebrating. In the latter, In the highly competitive sport boat class, Mark Plaxton's Melges 32, Team INTAC, won all four races in the regatta to win the division in runaway style. Plaxton's stacked crew included this year's Budget Marine Match Racing Cup winner, Taylor Canfield, and four-time Canadian Olympic sailor Richard Clarke.

And in CSA 4, Han de Bruyn Kops's well-sailed Hanse 47e, Team Han, also swept all four of their races to easily win their class.

In other CSA action, Richard Blakemore's Swan 53, Music, put the finishing touches on a fine series on Sunday, winning their third straight race in a row to capture CSA 2. Raphael Magras's X-Yachts 34, Maelia, also took the final three of four to handily win CSA 7.

In CSA 5, St. Maarten skipper Alain Riouallec's Bachi-Bouzouk, a Sigma 41, capped a consistent series with a fourth on Sunday that was enough to wrap up their 11-boat class. And with great scores throughout the weekend-including a first in Sunday's race-Remco van Dortmondt's Sunbelt Realty DASH, was the undisputed victor of CSA 6. Finally, in separate scoring for the six Melges 24s in the field, Andrea Scarabelli and Team Budget Marine/Gill topped the tight one-design fleet.

Among the catamaran and trimaran fleets, the Gunboat Elvis-and there was a sighting of "The King" dancing on the foredeck moments after the start-was another boat that sailed a perfect regatta, notching their third consecutive first-place finish to win Multihull 1. Petr Kochnev's Lagoon 500, Belisima, also won their class, Multihull 3, in three straight sets.

It was a far different story in Multihull 2, where Nils Erickson's Formula 40, Soma, and Richard Wooldridge's fast tri, Triple Jack, came into Sunday's racing tied for first. Both boats nailed their starts and, with hulls flying, tore up the coast of St. Maarten nearly locked together. But Soma eventually pulled away and won both the final race and the class, while Triple Jack's fourth on Sunday relegated them to second in Multihull 2.

Maas Hanen's Outremere, Teora, won Sunday's race in Multihull 4-their second win in three races-to earn top honors in Multihull 4. The MyCat 26, Carib Cat, was the winner in Multihull 5.

In the charter boat fleets, the winners were as follows: Famed 3 (Bareboat 1), Team Ukraine (Bareboat 2), Team Yacht Club Wamel Mohne (Bareboat 3), J-World Annapolis (Bareboat 4), and KHS&S (Bareboat 5). The top boat in the Lottery Class was Marc Perron's Jeanneau Sunfast 43, Grosloup.

For over three decades, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has showcased the top boats and sailing in the Caribbean, and has become equally famous for its world-class slate of parties and musical entertainment. Now recognized by sailors around the planet as one of the sailing world's best regattas, each year the event lives up to its worthy motto: Serious Fun.  

Saturday, March 2, 2013

3x1st now....

Blue and white GBR 1387L nr...
40 sec behind 'Peter von Danzig' over the finnish line but after time correction we also win this race..  His boat is 8ft/2.4m longer and he has a bigger jib etcetc..

We have some troubles with shaving halyards.. here Arie takes bad part out of main halyard


The Fleet Sets Sail for Marigot in Day 2 Action of the 33rd St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
Simpson Bay, St. Maarten - In breeze that built steadily as the day progressed, and with many classes recording a pair of races in ideal Caribbean sailing conditions, the action continued today with the traditional Saturday point-to-point contest to Marigot in the 33rd edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Following the morning's racing, for the first time ever, the race committee conducted an afternoon race for the 72 boats competing in the five Bareboat classes. The CSA 2-8 divisions also sailed a second windward-leeward race in the Anguilla Channel.  
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The fleet's larger yachts-in CSA 1, and Multihull 1 and 2-sailed a single race today, an epic 36-nautical mile affair that took the sailors on a counterclockwise route around the island, leaving Tintamarre to port and embarking on a long reach to Blowing Rock off Anguilla before returning to the finish line off Marigot.   

All three starts for the big boats were colorful and spectacular. In Multihull 1, the Gunboat Elvis executed a picture perfect maneuver, rolling sister-ship Panthera to leeward as if she were standing still to take an early and substantial lead. In Multihull 2, Richard Woodridge's slick trimaran Triple Jack and Nils Erickson's fast cat Soma both rocketed off the line, resuming the close duel that began on Day 1 of the event. And in CSA 1, all seven Grand Prix monohulls-a group that included the Swan 100, Varsovie; the 76-foot Idea; and the Vendee Globe Open 60, Energa-were all on top of their respective games, hitting the line on time and with considerable pace.

The other CSA classes sailed a 16-nautical mile race from a starting line off Cole Bay to a finish off Marigot, followed by the afternoon round-the-buoys race.

On the "B Circle" for Bareboats, Multihull classes 3-5, and the Lottery Class, the morning race was a straightforward 8.5 nautical mile sprint from a starting line south of Simpson Bay to Marigot. After lunch, the Bareboats reassembled for another 8-nautical mile race along the western shore of St. Maarten.

The top Bareboats were extremely well sailed, with tight racing and sound tactics. Do not tell these crews they are charter sailors, and not full-fledged, competitive racing sailors. The crew of Extra Cold looked "extra cool" in their orange uniforms. The all-women crews aboard Dutch @tack and Something Hot showed fine form running wing and wing down the coast of St. Maarten in close-quarters racing during the morning race. And Rom Gessel, the skipper of the Bareboat 2 entrant Neerlands Glorie, did a fine job summing up the attitude prevalent among many of the Bareboat racers when the day was over.

"We had one good race and one not-so-good race today," said Gessel. "We sail with our friends, two are very good sailors, two are pretty good sailors, and the rest of the crew has not sailed much before. But they bring the fun, and that's why we come to the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. There is incredible competition in the bareboat classes, some very good teams. It's difficult to win. But it is always fun. And that is why we are here, and why we come back."

When the results were tallied today, there were surprises across the fleet. In CSA 1, Daniel Stump's Lupa of London was today's winner, nipping Friday's top boat, Jan Rupert's Tripp 75, Blackbird. With three points apiece, Sunday's race in the big-boat class will be a winner-take-all showdown.

In Multihull 1, Elvis parlayed the great start to a second-straight victory. But Multihull 2 remains wide open after Soma avenged her second-place finish on Friday with a win today. Triple Jack took second, setting up another potential Sunday duel for all the marbles.

In CSA 2, James Blackmore's Swan 53, Music, rocketed to the top of the leader board by virtue of a pair of bullets-first-place finishes-on Saturday. CSA 3 is wide open: Greg Slyngstad's J/125, Hamachi, has yet to win a race, but holds the lead thanks to a consistent series with no finish higher than sixth. When it comes to consistency, however, the crew of Han deBruyn Kops's Hanse 47, TeamHan, is the very definition of the word-in three CSA 4 races so far, they've won all of them.

Alain Riouallec's Bachi-Bouzouk, a Sigma 41, was twice a winner on Saturday and now holds a strong lead in CSA 5. The same goes for Lawrence Aqui's Wild T'ing, a Dufour 40, a two-time winner Saturday in CSA 6. With a 2-1 score today, Raphael Magras's X-Yachts 34, Maelia, leads CSA 7. And Mark Plaxton's Melges 32, Team INTAC, has yet to lose a race thus far, and is riding high in CSA 8. The battle between the Melges 24 will continue tomorrow, with Team Island Water World taking the lead after today's races, and Team Budget Marine/Gill close behind them with only one point difference.

For the second straight day, Petr Kochnev's Lagoon 500, Belisima, won Multihull 3 to take a commanding lead. In Multihull 4, the Belize 43, Melisande, won today's race, but is second overall behind the Outremere, Teora, which had registered a 1-2 in racing through Saturday. The Lottery Class leader remains Marc Perron's Jeanneau Sunfast 43, which followed up Friday's win with another on Saturday.

Among the charter fleets, following Saturday's racing the class leaders included Team Yacht Club Wamel Mohne (Bareboat 3), Team Ukraine 2 (Bareboat 4), and KHS&S (Bareboat 5). Results for the Bareboat 1 and 2 fleets were not immediately available on Saturday night, as there were protests pending in both divsions: check the event website for updates on these classes.

For over three decades, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has showcased the top boats and sailing in the Caribbean, and has become equally famous for its world-class slate of parties and musical entertainment. Now recognized by sailors around the planet as one of the sailing world's best regattas, each year the event lives up to its worthy motto: Serious Fun.   
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