Picture perfect sailing conditions greeted a fleet of 21 boats that competed in the 4th Annual Bob Fisher Cup. The regatta was sailed out of Puerto Rico’s Isleta Marina on October 17 and 18.
“We had winds of 13 to 17 knots and sunny days,” said Agustín A. Rodríguez, regatta director and president of the host, Club Nautico de Fajardo. “This allowed us to run five races over several courses and test the skills of our fleets.”
Racing took place between Isleta Marina and Palomino Island off Puerto Rico’s eastern shore for the three classes: Racing, Performance Cruising and Jib & Main.
Carlos Camacho sailed his J/105, Abracadabra, to a win in the Racing class. “The conditions were perfect for our boat,” said Camacho. “It was nice in that we had 10 boats in our class. The competition was very good.”
Abracadabra tied Felix Cruz’s Olson 20, Geronimo, for first place after three races on the first day, with Jose Gorbea’s J/105, Umakua, only two points behind. “It came down to the last race on the last day,” Camacho said about his win. “We changed leads with Umakua three times upwind and four times downwind before finally beating them boat for boat across the finish line by 30 seconds. That was definitely the highlight of the weekend.”
Experience was definitely on Camacho’s side. He’s sailed three out of four Bob Fisher Cup regattas with crew he has raced with for six to seven years.
The big news of the weekend was when Bernardo Gonzalez, driving his Beneteau 35.5, Bonne Chance, won not only the Performance Cruising class but also the Bob Fisher Cup.
“I’ve sailed this regatta three times and won by class two times. But this year we won the overall racing class too,” says Gonzalez. “The weekend was very special due to the fact that the weather conditions were excellent for my boat. I think that, although not all my regular crew was present, the boat was in optimum condition and the crew performed excellently. We did have aboard the old Balaju crew, Jose Sanchez, Fernando Mora and Guillermo Mullet, as well as Pat Nolan and Jeff from Tortola.”
Nemesis, a Hunter 43, won the Jib & Main class.
The Bob Fisher Cup started as the Puerto Rico Grand Prix over twenty years ago, when the event’s namesake was active as a racer and race organizer. Fisher, a longtime and highly regarded architect, has devoted much of his life to promoting sailboat racing in Puerto Rico.