Adrian Lee’s Farr 50, Lee Overlay Partners, completed the Caribbean chapter of the team’s programme with another win to follow up the RORC Caribbean 600. The International team led by Lee had entered the Ocean Series of Antigua Sailing Week against some tough opposition. To beat both Mike Slade’s, Leopard 3 and Peter Harrison’s, Sojana was a big call and the victory was in the balance right up until the last minute.
The first race of three was from Guadeloupe to Falmouth, Antigua, a viscous rain squall doused the fleet at the start of the race, Mike Slade’s Leopard 3 reveled in the feisty conditions and pulled away from the rest of the fleet, the 100ft Maxi was unstoppable and despite upwind conditions, Leopard 3 nearly broke the course record to win by a handsome margin. This had been a baptism of fire for Lee Overlay Partners who finished fourth. Virtually upwind the whole way, the longer water line length of the opposition was a telling factor, it would be a monumental achievement to beat the much larger yachts to claim the Ocean Series.