Great competition and conditions at Antigua Sailing Week once again proved why the last event on Caribbean circuit is perhaps the best of them all. We’ll have more on this great regatta later this week, but here’s a little note explaining the monster damage seen to the Ondeck Farr 65 “Spirit of Isis” in this Tim Wright photo. Full event galleries are here, and results here.
The first race of the day saw a serious collision between Oyster 82, Starry Night of the Caribbean and On Deck’s Farr 65, Spirit of Isis, which resulted in a large part of the Farr 65’s transom being smashed in. Luckily, only very minor injuries were sustained and once safely on shore, the skipper and owner of Starry Night were quick to apologise for the collision showing good sportsmanship.
Skipper of Spirit of Isis, Vicky Blunt explained: "The regatta was going really well and a fantastic performance has been put in by the team who are charter guests of mixed sailing ability. We were looking forward to another good race vying for a podium position. Whilst we were on starboard tack there was an unfortunate incident involving Starry Night which came at us on port tack, ending our regatta in dramatic fashion. Thankfully everyone on board responded well and rallied together to bring the boat and crew safely back alongside. Many thanks to ABSAR and the Coastguard for their speedy response and assistance in this incident.