13th Annual Firecracker Regatta

The weekend of July 2nd & 3rd brought some of the best racing to the BVI that we have seen in a long time.Thirteen boats, loaded with crew for extra weight, began the 13th Annual Firecracker Regatta in West End, Tortola, in a pursuit format that took entries throughout and around the islands that are part of the western BVI chain.

As Martin Van Houten, Race Chairman, told All At Sea, “The really brisk winds and a challenging course made for some great racing. We are especially proud of the KATS students on their new boat, CCT KATS, and we were both pleased to support them as well as give them a check for the $500 that we made on the chilli cook-off.”Sponsored by TICO’S, and held the weekend before the Chief Ministers Cup (CMC) on Tortola, the money was put to good use by Nels Hagenson and Jim Linskey, of KATS, to get the three race boats used by the program up to par for the CMC. As the CMC involves youth sailing/competition throughout the Caribbean, the Firecracker was the perfect warm-up for the BVI teams that competed for the BVI.

The weather was something else for the event, held with winds out of the east at a hefty 20 – 30 knots, with gusts even higher. Team Tortola, one of the two KATS teams, won the event on their new IC-24, CCT KATS, which was purchased for the program just weeks before through the generous $15,000 donation of Rob Lyons at CCT Boatphone. Flying (literally) into second place was Tim Stonich on his large catamaran, Rendezvous Cay.This is a really fast boat that always races, and parties, to the max for West End Yacht Club races.

Top positions were as follows:

 

Yacht Skipper <PHRF Start
Time10:00 +
Finish
Time
Position
CCT KATS

Javan Cooper

<180

BVI
6:20

13:10:00

1
Rendezvous Cay

Tim Stonich

114

BVI
27:05

13:13:38

2
Winds Glory

Paul Davis

<180

USVI
6:20

13:17:16

3
Mistress Quickly

Guy Eldridge

84

BVI
36:20

13:18:34

4
Tempest

John Havilchet

102

USVI
30:52

13:26:47

5

(For the WEYC schedule of races and other photos plus 2003 T-shirts on sale please see www.weyc.net)

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