Our Antigua Sailing Week aboard the Gunboat 66 Phaedo started with a shit ton of drama. A lost-on-the-plane iPhone and lost-in-a-cab camcorder didn’t help us get used to our new surroundings for 8 days of Caribbean dream racing, but with the help of a cabbie named Bush Doctor (no shit) and some luck, we found all our gear in time for a typically gorgeous day of Gunboat-class racing on Day 1 of the final big event in the tradewind season.
We’ve been following the sort-of black sheep, sort-of ultimate class racing Gunboat action for a few years now, but we’ve never really gotten the inside view of the only super-luxury catamaran racing fleet on Earth – until now. Mer and I came down to bring you exactly that view, and we guarantee you’ve not seen it before. Today’s action was a bit lighter than the fat cats dig, with 12-15 knots from the East. Not enough to light ‘em up, but plenty for some fun boat racing, with a half-dozen lead changes after Peter Johnstone (on Tribe) port-tacked the rest of the four-boat fleet at the start. PJ’s kite split in half at the top mark, and Phaedo had a spirited dual the rest of the race with the Cuban/Puerto Rican dinghy rock stars on Cucu Belle, which pipped us at the finish after a brilliant final run.
You can check in to the thread each day for the latest news from our Gunboat excursion, go to Gunboat’s Facebook page for daily onboard images, and catch up with Richard Langford’s sexy video work of the racing, but we’re also bringing you a special ‘reality show’ treat as well – a daily show we’ll be streaming you live from the Seabreeze Café in Falmouth Harbour. We’ll take you through the racing with onboard video we record throughout the day, we’ll answer questions you chat to us, and we’ll see what personalities we can grab to jump on the microphone and tell us their stories of the day. There should be plenty to talk about, and with Ralfie and Ryan Breymaier and the Genuine Risk boys to supplement the speaking talent, we highly recommend checking in! Watch on the On-The-Water page, or go to our Justin.TV page to sign into the live chat room. We’ll try to go live by 7 PM EDT every night, but if we’re a bit late, just keep the faith and we won’t disappoint.