Penultimate day at Antigua Sailing Week
Published on May 5th, 2022
Antigua (May 5, 2022) – After the lay day yesterday, Antigua Sailing Week was blessed today with solid trade winds of 15-18 knots, just north of east for Locman Italy Women’s Day, with squall activity raising the tempo but all 15 classes completed their full program of races.
“A great spectacle today,” Race Officer Neil Andrew commented. “Six OCS, including four in one class (CSA 5) and one boat OCS in both races! All boats returned to start correctly.” Class winners are emerging after four days of racing and tomorrow two more races are scheduled to conclude the series at Antigua Sailing Week.
The penultimate race day at Antigua Sailing Week celebrated women on the water, noting how female participation at Antigua Sailing Week was on the rise and this year with 70% of the fleet have women crew. Six boats are skippered by women: Susan Glenny on Olympia’s Tigress; Katy Campbell on Panacea X; Lyssandra Barbieri on Hatha Maris; Melanie Rensing on KH+P Nolde; Alice Martin on Jack Tai II/Painkiller and Jocelyn Mclaren on Belafonte.
“Throughout the world, organizations in the sport of sailing are working to address the gender inequality. ASW is no exception. The Locman Italy Women’s Race Day is simply about inclusiveness and inspiring more women to participate,” commented Alison Sly-Adams, President of Antigua Sailing Week.
At the Locman Italy Women’s Race Day Prize Giving, a special award of a Locman Italy watch was given to Lyssandra Barbieri in recognition of her contribution to inspiring other women to sail. Barbieri is the owner of Second Star Sailing a women’s keelboat training program, which operates from Italy and Antigua.
“I really was not expecting this award,” commented Barbieri. “I am really proud of the work we do. We are trying to encourage more women to come into sailing, not just as a sport, but also as a business career. With that in mind we have two internship positions available for Antiguan women over the age of 18. After completing eight months of the program, interns should have enough knowledge to qualify for a job in the yachting industry.”
Tomorrow, racing at the 53rd edition of Antigua Sailing Week will conclude with Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Race Day. The Final Awards Ceremony will be in Nelson’s Dockyard where class champions will receive their trophies and Locman Italy watches. The overall winner of Antigua Sailing Week will also receive a Locman Italy watch and lift the Lord Nelson Trophy.
CSA Racing Four
Chris and Caroline Body’s J/122 El Ocaso has an all-amateur crew with four members of the Body family on board, including daughters Jessica and Annabelle. With one race day to go, El Ocaso is lying third in class, two points behind another J/122 Liquid, owned by Pamala Baldwin. The Body family are all members of the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble, UK.
“We won our class at Antigua Sailing Week in 2016 but we have waited two years without a regatta, so it’s fantastic to be back this year,” said Annabelle Body. “Seeing everyone back on the water and in the race village is just great. It looks like we are racing for second as Blitz is really looking unbeatable, but we have a great battle with Liquid, for second place.”
Jessica Body added, “It’s great to be back in the sunshine and we are enjoying Antigua. In 2016 we did get a bit dehydrated after lay day, so we have learnt our lesson and made sure we didn’t make that mistake again!”
CSA Racing Five
This is Susan Glenny’s sixth Antigua Sailing Week and this year First 40 Olympia’s Tigress has a majority women’s crew. “We are loving it and we are still in with a chance of making the class podium,” commented Glenny. “Antigua Sailing Week is quite unique with good trade winds and great courses; you usually get a bouncy day on the Windward course and a flatter day on Rendezvous.
“Of all the regattas in the Caribbean this is the one you want to do as a first timer; it has a great combination of superb sailing and a great social program. It really is a sporting holiday and a great networking opportunity to meet other sailors.”
Caterina Rota was skipper today for Global Yacht Racing’s First 47.7 EH01. Two second place scores on Locman Italy Women’s Race Day have put the team into second place, just three points ahead of Carlo Falcone’s Caccia a la Volpe. Caterina Rota and her partner Neil Maher have been running EH01 for the season.
“We are having a great battle with Caccia a la Volpe and Olympia’s Tigress, but Ross (Ross Applebey – skipper of Scarlet Oyster) is hard to beat,” noted Rota. “We are hoping to get good results on the last day (Friday) to take second place in our class. EH01 has a mixed bag of crew; we have sailors who have a lot of experience at Antigua Sailing Week and also three novices who are mucking in as much as they can, and they are doing a really good job.”
CSA Racing 1
Volvo 70 Ocean Breeze, chartered to Steve Travis with a team from the Seattle YC, won their second race today. Ocean Breeze, with six women on board is just two points behind the V065 Ambersail II with an all-Lithuanian male crew.
“Ambersail gives us a bit of time after CSA correction, so the big picture is to try to stay with them,” said Christina Travis who runs the pit. “Ocean Breeze is an all-amateur team racing a boat that we are not familiar with, so it has been a bit of a learning curve, but we are giving it our best shot and we are just loving this regatta.”
The 53rd Antigua Sailing Week Race is on April 30-May 6, 2022.