Friday, March 7, 2014

Heineken regatta.. Very quick in thw around SXM race..

The fastest elapsed time in the monohull fleet was recorded by the Volvo 70 Monster Project, skippered by U.K. sailor Andrew Budgen, with a time of 2h, 57m,13s. Monster Project's blistering time was just 7 minutes behind the course record for monos set by another Volvo 70, ABN AMRO ONE, in the 2007 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. The New Zealand boat, skippered by Mike Sanderson, was on a victory tour after winning the 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race..... 
Budgen's largely British crew might have bested the Kiwi's mark had they not missed a turning mark off Tintamarre that forced them to tack back and re-round it. "We didn't spot it until we were past it so we had to quickly go back," said Budgen. "So that was a bit of an error."

Otherwise, Monster Project sailed a mostly flawless race, much of it in close quarters with Irvine Laidlaw's Reichel-Pugh design, Highland Fling XII. Upwind, however, Monster Project had a decided speed edge. Was Budgen surprised about his advantage? "No," he laughed. "It's called a canting keel."

Monster Project was conceived for long-distance racing, and Budgen conceded that he sailed conservatively at the start. "We wanted to keep it simple, basically," he said. After a one-tack beat to the short windward mark, Monster's crew hoisted their big A-4 asymmetric kite for the run down to a turning buoy off the southwest corner of St. Maarten. At one point, a surfing Highland Fling surged into the lead, but when they were forced to execute one more jibe before rounding the mark, Monster Project regained first place and never looked back.
Creaming down the island's east coast on a close reach before rounding Point Blanche and making for the finish line in Great Bay, Monster Project was hauling the mail, topping 20 knots of boat speed in bursts in the building afternoon breeze. "That was very good," said Budgen, in a moment of understatement.

Still, once the handicap allowances were factored in, Monster Project finished fourth in CSA1, with Highland Fling XII atop the leader board, followed by William Coates's Ker 43, Otra Vez, and John Wilson's R/P 78, Idea of London.

Highland Fling was one of several boats that fared well in Thursday's tune-up event, the Gill Commodore's Cup, but several competitors who scored highly in that pre-regatta series proved that their earlier performance was no fluke, and they did indeed represent the cream rising to the top.

HR 2014 Round The Island video of Monster Project :)




















 







 The 34th annual running of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta got off to a magnificent start this morning as a solid fleet of 211 dedicated racing boats and bareboat charter yachts commenced competition with the traditional opening-day round-the-island race. In sweet easterly tradewinds hovering in the 14-18 knot range, with gusts in the low 20s, the race committees on two racing circles sent the majority of the fleet on a clockwise spin around St. Maarten.
 
In CSA3, where Jim Madden's J/125, Stark Raving Mad IV was Friday's winner, and also in CSA4 and CSA5, won by Richard Wesslund's J/122, El Ocaso, and Andrea Scarabelli's Melges 24, Budget Marine/Gill, respectively. In CSA2, Youri Loof's Nautor Swan 82FD, Alpina, topped the 6-boat class.

In CSA7, local legend Sir Bobby Velasquez aboard the Beneteau 45, L'Esperance, returned to his usual winning ways; his feat was matched in CSA8 by Jean Michel Mariziou's Dufour 45 Classic,Triskell.

There was plenty of hair-raising excitement in the multihull divisions, as well, including Multihull 1, a.k.a. the "Gunboat class." Five ballistic Gunboats hit the line almost in unison for the start of the round-the-island race.. Gunboat 62, Tribe won the start by inches, but Gunboat 62, Elvis controlled the fleet heading into Pelican Bay and came out on top at the turning mark. But the lead was short lived. Elvis' spinnaker failed to deploy properly and Coco de Mer took full advantage, passed Elvis to leeward. Elvis fought back and just got inside Coco de Mer at the Long Bay mark and into clear air. Shortly rounding Tintamarre, Elvis unfurled their screecher and took off like a scolded cat, hitting 27.7 knots of boat speed. Elvis finished the 32-mile race in 2h, 44m, 22s to take line honors. The two Gunboat 66s, Slim and Coco de Mer had a photo finish for second place. Coco de Mer took the line just three seconds ahead of Slim.

Nils Erickson's Formula 40, Soma, won Multihull 2; Petr Kochnev's Lagoon 500, Belisima, was top boat in Multihull 3; and Ermolenko Viacheslav's Lagoon 400, Ruby, was the winner of Multihull 4. In the Lottery Classes, the victorious boats on Friday were Unwind (Lottery 1) and Amideau (Lottery 2).

For over three decades, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has showcased the top boats and sailing-and has become equally famous for its world-class slate of parties and musical entertainment-in the Caribbean. 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.

For full information on the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, including results, photos, videos, party and band information, and much, much more, visit www.heinekenregatta.com.

The text in this report is the text of the official  St.Maarten Heineken Regatta press Release of 07 March 2014

Fastest Spinnaker Round the Island    Results......... click..

Place Yacht
Class Total Elapsed
1st
Monster Project
Andrew Budgen / Fred SchwynCSA 12:57:13
2nd
Highland Fling XII
Irvine LaidlawCSA 12:59:00
3rd
Varsovie
Tomek UlatowskiCSA 23:06:35
4th
Idea of London
Mr John WilsonCSA 13:06:49
5th
Alpina
Youri LoofCSA 23:08:52
6th
Stark Raving Mad IV
Jim MaddenCSA 33:20:38
7th
Highland Breeze
Highland AlbertCSA 23:23:19
8th
Otra Vez
William CoatesCSA 13:25:40
9th
Nix
Nico CortleverCSA 63:26:58
10th
Renegade
Tom SladeCSA 63:29:02
11th
Affinity
Jack DesmondCSA 63:33:00
12th
Zen
John BainbridgeCSA 63:35:05
13th
El Ocaso
Richard WesslundCSA 43:35:15
14th
Clare
Decade Six LtdCSA 23:36:17
15th
Cuba Libre
Cuba LibreCSA 13:36:47
16th
Essex Girl
Jan OlesenCSA 33:37:16
17th
Kick 'em Jenny 2
Ian Hope RossCSA 33:38:30
18th
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Przemysław TarnackiCSA 43:38:33
19th
Kismet
David SouthwellCSA 83:42:06
20th
EH01
Global Yacht RacingCSA 63:42:10
21st
Scarlet Logic
Sailing LogicCSA 63:42:16
22nd
Adventure Sports Sailing
Ian MartinCSA 63:42:44
23rd
Incisor
Derek SaundersCSA 33:44:13
24th
Team Boston
Lancelot Yacht ChartersCSA 43:44:34
25th
Southern Child
Performance Yacht CharterCSA 43:45:03
26th
PARMA
Vitalii TarakanovCSA 73:45:24
27th
J-aguar-www.caribbeanraces.com
Lawrence EikelCSA 43:46:17
28th
High Tension
Bernie Evan-WongCSA 33:50:54
29th
Marina Bas-du-Fort Guadeloupe
TBACSA 43:53:02
30th
Persevere
Colin RathCSA 63:53:05
31st
Panic Attack
Jan vanden EyndeCSA 33:53:38
32nd
Les Ptits Filous LIPTON
Philippe CharretCSA 43:54:11
33rd
Sodimat PMS
Valery HomoCSA 33:54:26
34th
Northern Child - Performance Yacht Charter
Performance Yacht ChartersCSA 63:54:41
35th
Bad Girl
Robert ArmstrongCSA 43:56:50
36th
Budget Marine/Gill
Andrea ScarabelliCSA 5 - Melges 243:57:18
37th
Angela
Sentucq-RigalCSA 33:58:00
38th
Team Island Water World
Frits BusCSA 5 - Melges 243:58:56
39th
AMCON Sailing Team
AMCON International LTDCSA 5 - Melges 243:59:52
40th
Beluga
SevenstarCSA 84:00:12
41st
Khaleesi
Mikkel HagelundCSA 64:00:18
42nd
Axonite
Marc van BarneveldCSA 24:00:26
43rd
Whistler
Peter S. LewisCSA 44:03:03
44th
Wild T'ing
Lawrence AquiCSA 74:03:30
45th
Albacor V
Jean Louis PezinCSA 44:03:54
46th
Solstice
Jordan MindichCSA 44:04:11
47th
Wild Devil - www.caribbeanraces.com
Ben JelicCSA 34:04:33
48th
French Connection
Rouault DidierCSA 5 - Melges 244:04:41
49th
Pocket Rocket
David Cullen CSA 44:04:46
50th
Triskell
Jean Michel MarziouCSA 84:05:19
51st
Caipirinha
Patrick HolloranCSA 44:06:02
52nd
Boost'n Sail
Mowgli FoxCSA 5 - Melges 244:06:29
53rd
Great Escape of Southampton
Great Escapes YachtingCSA 84:06:39
54th
Frilaens III
Aage kristensenCSA 74:06:42
55th
Albacor IV
Sophie OlivaudCSA 44:06:45
56th
Hip Hop
Brendan HallCSA 44:08:23
57th
Spirit of Venus
John ShulzeCSA 44:09:36
58th
Intuition
Yuri SamoilovCSA 44:09:40
59th
Maelia
Raphaël MagrasCSA 74:11:48
60th
Augustine
Miramar SailingCSA 84:13:35
61st
Speedy Nemo
Speedy NemoCSA 74:19:11
62nd
Moonlight
Kunz FrançoisCSA 64:20:45
63rd
Voilactus
Richard KernCSA 84:26:30
64th
La Divina
Mike EvansCSA 84:30:13
65th
Zenara
Susan RobinsCSA 84:31:59
66th
Achilles' Keel
Andrew PikeCSA 74:34:30
67th
Fleur
Glenn FinesCSA 94:34:56
68th
Blue Peter
Tanner JonesCSA 94:37:36
69th
Avocet
John SlingerlandCSA 84:37:49
70th
Onyx Team Mouflette
Michael Roussel-DupreCSA 74:39:20
71st
The Crickets
Buddy HollyCSA 94:44:05
72nd
Painkiller
Steve EllsworthCSA 95:03:16
73rd
Troitibou
Priou GuillaumeCSA 95:29:59

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