Champagne... Left Pieter, right Paul Soons..
The second or third race we won with such a lead (everything we did that race was spot on..) that when we came back to the change over dock after the finish while the rest of the fleet was just rounding the last downward mark.. At arrival we got applause from the 6 teams x3 + 10 others = 28 people.. I bowed ... nice..
The last race....... for the win directly against Andrea, was about the same like above in distance to the rest of the fleet, but now Andrea was fighting me all the way.
I had the A1 start at the pin, but Andrea on my tale around the first mark and downwind, upwind. downwind and then last beat upwind to the finish.. close battle, and close to the finish he passed in front of me (inches) but this way he was not able to cover us..... and the race and the win was ours.... in the end just a few meter in it at the finish......
Had Andrea won we would have had same points, 16, and then both 3 bullets, then u count the 2nd places of which they had more, so i think Andrea would have won had he won the last race in front of me..
But until the actual price giving..... came to the 2nd price winner.... and that not being us... we were not 100% sure ...... Yeahhh
Score after the first day:
I was 1 point behind Andrea and 0.8 points behind Andy, and Robbie 1 point behind me but with one more race sailed...
1st Andrea Scarabelli, Chris Marshall & Ryan Hope-Ross
2nd Andy Budgen, Ali Merridew & Pippa Kirchman
3rd Han de Bruyn Kops, Pieter Soons & Paul Soons
4th Robbie Ferron, Antonia Martinez & Ruud van Herewijk
5th Roel ten Hoopen, Travis McGarry & Dylan McGarry
6th Frits Bus, Rien Korteknie, Paul Henriquez
7th Carlos Beckmann, Karine Beckmann, Carlos Jr & Mateo Beckmann
8th Luc Knol, Leonardo Knol and Jimmy Drijgers
9th John Gifford, Jolyon Ferron & Rhone Findlay
10th Jan van den Eynde, Gijs Reulen & Ellie den Hartog
11th Matt Ward, Christina Ginger Price, Shane Reid & Lawson
12th Tom Robinson, John Macaulay & Robyn Phillip-Norton
13th Petro Jonker, Mario Jonker & Max Hern
14th David Donnelly, Joseph Dominic Vergani & Niklas Ivvarson.
Sunday 5 more races were sailed in perfect conditions...making every team sailed 9 races...
More info about the competition.. (as far as I know)
Two crews based on the Volvo 70 racing boat Monster Project participated in the race:
Andy Budgen placed second in the world championships in the 49er class (1998) and was National Champion in the UK. He was also in the top three of the Skiff World Championships.
Tom Robinson recently won class at the Dartmouth Week and the Hamble Winter Series.
SXM based... :
Andrea Scarabelli.. Extensive experience in racing large sailing yachts and current captain of the Budget Marine Gill team..skippered on big boats on big races, also around the world, now sails for Budget Marine for years winning many races in LSR, Melges 24 etcetc.. North Sails..
Robbie Ferron.. Mr Budget Marine and Mr Heineken Regatta, trying to win (t)his race for years.. always in the top though, and owner and facilitator of the LSR's (Jeanneau Sun Fast 20)
Frits Bus.. Family doctor who uses all his spare time to sport/sail.. With Island Water World on his shirt, boat and sails.. he manage to sail also everywhere around the world in Lasers up to winning in (Luxury) Perini Navi 49.80m Silencio (ex Perseus) and in between like LSR;s and Melges 24, also winning his share..
Roel ten Hoopen.. Crew member of Frits and IWW, also sailing his share himself, good boat and race handeling, mainly found in front part of the fleet..
Carlos Beckmann, also mainly in front part of LSR races with his crew.. his wife and 2 kids 6 and 5 yrs old...
John Gifford.. Heineken Regatta's Chairman Steering Committee
Budget Marine report.. http://www.budgetmarine.com/EventsItem.aspx?id=3518