At this Budget Marine Race Day, Manager Risa Hall Lequay commented that, after a four year break, during which the company had focused on supporting youth sailing, Budget Marine Trinidad was happy to again be sponsoring a Race Day for the bigger boats.
The day started like a wet squib, but ended with a bang. Soaking rain and minimal visibility delayed the race for 25 minutes and a number of boats were late at the start, as they lost sight of the committee boat flag signals. But conditions steadily cleared as the boats close hauled up toward the windward mark and wind strengthened as the race continued.
In the Racing Class, comprising four Melges with the same design and handicap, winner was Drunken Monkeys (skipper Paul Amon) who, after some close dueling, beat second-placed Mojo by 43 seconds on corrected time, with Wasabi taking third place. In Cruising Class I after a late start, Nirvana managed to catch up and take second place, beating Sea Wyf into third place. Winner was Jahaji Bhai (skipper James Arrindell). Sailing conditions suited this J24 well and with a new set of sails and competent crew work they were able to stay ahead of a number of bigger boats. In Cruising Class II BMobile Enzyme (skipper Paul Solomon) was first across the line by a good margin and also first on handicap. Second-placed Wajang had good boat speed around the course and third was Jaguar, largest boat in the fleet, whose foredeck crew were particularly pleased with their new carbon boom.
Budget Marine went all out, presenting skipper’s packs to every participating boat and quality products from their leading chandlery to the top three in each class. Music and plentiful refreshments, including Trini’s favourite snack, “doubles”, warmed the wet sailors up, providing a satisfying the end to this successful day’s racing.
Report and photos submitted by Budget Marine