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Close Competition in Caribbean Ocean Racing Triangle

The Caribbean Ocean Racing Triangle, or C.O.R.T. for short, sprang back to life this year.

“We wanted to see the Caribbean Ocean Racing Triangle back again, so we put it together and got a good response from sailors,” said organizer, Puerto Rico’s Angel Ayala.

Formerly a series that at different times included Antigua Sailing Week, the International Rolex Regatta, and the former Heineken International Regatta out of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, the newfangled form C.O.R.T. took this year kicked-off with the St. Croix International Regatta (February 18-20), continued through the Heineken Culebra International Regatta (March 18-19), and concluded with the BVI Spring Regatta (March 31-April 2).

Eighteen boats in five classed entered this year’s C.O.R.T. series. Competition provided to be so tight that going into the final event, boats tied for first place in three of the five classes.

In Spinnaker Racing A, the BVI Spring Regatta was a decider in favor of James Dobb’s Olson 30, Lost Horizon II, out of Antigua. “I knew it was close and wasn’t sure we’d get it,” said, Dobbs, who has been a previous C.O.R.T. class winner.

Scoring was tightest in Spinnaker Racing B where the three lead boats all had the same number of regatta points. “The rules state that to break a tie, we had to look at each individual race to see who beat who the most. After calculating back over the 21 races that the boats raced during the series, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, was our winner,” says Julie San Martin, C.O.R.T. scorer and St. Croix International Regatta director.

“We were really ugly at first, ugly with whiskers,” says St. Thomas’ John Foster, who helmed the newly rebuilt Kirby 25 about the boats 8th place class finish at the St. Croix regatta. “Then we moved up to bad in Culebra and finally to good in the BVI. We were tuning and figuring out how to sail the boat the entire time.”

The BVI’s Peter Haycraft, aboard his Sirena 38, Pipedream, pulled out a 1-point lead over fellow islander, Pat Nolan’s J/33, Boomerang, in the Racer/Cruiser class.

In Performance Cruiser, it was St. Croix’s Tony Sanpere, driving his Soverel 27, Cayennita, which won, while in the IC24s, St. Thomas’ Chris Curreri’s Brand New Secondhand sailed to the front of the class.

2006 C.O.R.T. RESULTS

SPINNAKER RACING A
1. Lost Horizon II, Olson 30, James Dobbs, Antigua (4)
2. Mistress Quickly, Melges 24, Guy Eldridge, BVI (5)
3. Guilt Tripp, Tripp 26, Rafael Martinez, Puerto Rico (11)

SPINNAKER RACING B
1. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Kirby 25, John Foster, St. Thomas, USVI (6)
2. Sorceress, Tartan 10, Morgan Dale, St. Croix, USVI (6)
3. Ex Mero Motu, J/80, Antonio Mari, Puerto Rico (6)
4. Ghost, Etchell 24, David Flaherty, St. Thomas, USVI (13)
5. Sun Bum, J/80, Angel Ayala, Puerto Rico (16)

RACER CRUISER
1. Pipedream, Sirena 38, Peter Haycraft, BVI (4)
2. Boomerang, J/33, Pat Nolan, BVI (5)
3. Tempest, Beneteau 33, John Haracivit, St. Thomas, USVI (9)

PERFORMANCE CRUISER
1. Cayennita, Soverel 27, Tony Sanpere, St. Croix, USVI (5)
2. Shamrock, J/120, Thomas Mullen, New Hampshire, USA (7)
3. Three Harkons, Beneteau 44, Christopher Lloyd, BVI (8)

IC24
1. Brand New Secondhand, Chris Curreri, St. Thomas (5)
2. Fiona, Colin Rathburn, BVI (6)
3. Intac, Mark Plaxton, BVI (8)
4. Conch Querer, Andrew Walters, BVI (11)

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