The 10-year old Gunboat 62 “Tribe” picked up Titan XV charterer Pete Cunningham and Tony Rey yesterday to help them forget about charter insurance and assessors for a few hours, and the boys helped fire up Peter Johnstone and crew to a 2,1 day, bringing them within striking distance of Clean and the boys on Phaedo for second. The Cuba Ricans on Cucu Belle continue to stretch their legs for multihull handicap champions, though it’s hard to argue too much with a rating system that produced a perfect tie, as the CSA ratings did in race 1 yesterday.
In race 2, Phaedo finally hit the line with pace and on time, rolling over everyone as the three gunboats behind tacked and ducked each other up the windward leg with wind gusting to 27 knots. A perfect gennaker hoist turned into something less than when an overzealous electric winch cut it and the whole mess tumbled onto the trampoline.
Tribe and Cucu Belle blew down the track at 25 knots while Phaedo struggled to get her fractional screacher hooked up, while the mainsail on the remaining 66, Coco De Mer, finally gave up the ghost on the way to her retirement.
One final race remains today to decide the battle, though Cucu will have to break and Phaedo take the bullet for the lead to change, and if organizers aren’t dim, Eduardo from San Juan with his Tornado rock stars will also get the Caribbean Boat Of The Week trophy. Look for tons of video and pictures along with an overall wrapup of the Gunboat Experience and analysis of Antigua Sailing Week on Monday. Results here, pics here, and thread here. Daily press release from Louay Habib is good reading too, here.
And here’s the official video: