It’s the only race of this distance that’s been consistently growing over the past few years, with the most diverse fleet of 100+ footers racing anywhere in the world. The course is gorgeous, the start/finish venue at the Antigua YC is spectacular, and the folks that run it are as helpful as can be. What more is there to say? Super-schooner Adela looks to have taken the Spirit of Tradition trophy, while the perpetually top performing canting 50 Privateer leads Bella Mente on CSA at the moment with the roles reversed under IRC. Phaedo couldn’t pull out the handicap victory over the ass-hauling Paradox, though not for lack of trying; we’ve never seen a Gunboat sailed quite so much like an ocean racing cat. The Yellowbrick tracker is the best spot to check overall results; look for the ‘leaderboard’ tab on the bottom left of the screen.
February 21st, 2013