This eagerly-anticipated JHR-sponsored event, hosted by Jolly Harbour Yacht Club, comprising both local cunning and seamanship, took place outside the channel in Morris Bay (off Jolly Beach) and in the surrounding areas on Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of December 2007.
There were 13 entries this year in three categories, Racing Class, Racer/Cruiser Class, and Cruising Class. The proceedings got under way at 11 a.m. Saturday when the Committee Boat frequented by the yacht club race officer George Bridger, together with the computer Start, Finish and Flag experts Sue and Ed Sharp and former chairman of sailing week Kraig Moore, blew the horn and raised/lowered the orange flag to call the yachts to begin.
Sailing conditions were definitely on the blustery side, with scattered showers and 15 – 20 knot gusts of wind on the first day of racing. This failed to dampen anyone’s competitive spirit as the protagonists roared around the series of courses which had been set to make up the day’s racing.
Such events rarely go off without some degree of drama. In this case is was supplied by GYPSY who contrived to pick up the windward mark and in so doing ensnared CYDIA, fouling the rope around the propeller which she spent the rest of the day unknowingly towing around with anchor attached and many frustrating glances owing to the very obvious lack of boat speed.
The after-party was also sponsored by JHR Caribbean Real Estate with the fabulous live band “Triple Feature” Plus One who got everybody dancing at the the Jolly Harbour Golf Club. The sumptuous food was prepared and cooked by Rafe Moise, with rave reviews by all that sampled the fine cuisine, and the assisting club staff was terrific. It was a lively evening with much salty sea dog banter and anticipation of what team was going to showcase their skills the next day and come home to win the JHR Regatta’s Caribbean Cup.
All 13 yachts were eager to get out racing again on the Sunday for the 11 a.m. start line. However, in light of the ever freshening wind conditions which were reportedly gusting to now near 40 knots inside Five Islands, the race officer made the difficult decision to abandon the day’s racing to avoid further risk to life, limb and boat.
The award ceremony was well attended with introductions and thank-yous to all the sponsors and participants by Chris Chitty, Vice Commodore of the J.H. Yacht Club, who handed over the proceedings to Brian Turton. The Commodore then welcomed Karoll Lawrence-Williams, the sponsor’s Marketing Manager, to assist with prize giving to the Captains of the winning yachts.
All the winning teams received J.H.Yacht Club T-Shirts, yachting trophies, JHR caps, English Harbour rum plus cases of beer donated by Quin Farrar. A special prize was awarded to JP, a crew member on BLUE PETER team by the yacht club. This was gratefully received on his behalf by Captain Tanner Jones, for being a good sport—despite an injury incurred during the racing, he courageously kept on sailing. The racer/cruiser yacht BLUE PETER is sponsored by JHR Caribbean Real Estate and C.E.O. Adam Barrett, who makes continued efforts to promote sailing in the community.
Report submitted by JHR Caribbean
1st Place Forty Two (Sven Harder, Gilly and Nick)
2nd Place Likkle Hugo (Sean Malone & Carl James)
3rd Place High Tension (Bernie Wong & Team)
1st Place Sunshine (Hans Lammers & Team)
2nd Place Blue Peter (Tanner Jones & Team)
3rd Place Biwi Magic (Geoffrey Pidduck & Team)
1st Place Miramar (Brian Turton & Team)
2nd Place Cydia (Colin Jones & Frank Furkin)
3rd Place Gypsy (Tommy Patterson, Ingrid, Sara)