The vintage Kelsall trimaran Triple Jack snatched back her Round Tortola Race record in October, flying around the island in 2 hours, 40 minutes and 18 seconds, taking ten minutes off the existing record set in April 2010.
With Miles Sutherland-Pilch, general manager of Nanny Cay, onshore calling the start, Triple Jack crossed the transit of the corner of PegLegs Restaurant and the western tip of Peter Island at 12:10pm. With an almost perfect southeasterly blowing, the boat flew up the south side of Tortola on starboard tack before bearing off for the spinnaker hoist off Scrub Island.
One-third of the way along the north side of Tortola, the crew of the 34-year-old tri had to douse the chute and fetch to Soper’s Hole under genoa. Triple Jack wiggled through this potentially time-sapping area of mixed currents and winds relatively painlessly before beating over to St. John. From there, it was, in theory, one straight shot back to Nanny Cay where every header had the crew anxiously looking at their watches. Owners Richard Wooldridge and Steve Davis were now feeling the pressure, exacerbated by being fed the wrong elapsed time – ten minutes more than reality. However, Davis carefully worked Triple Jack upwind along the south side of Tortola finishing only 100 yards off Nanny Cay’s breakwater.
“It was a great BVI sailing day made even better by getting our record back,” said Wooldridge.
On finishing, the owners and crew: Steve Davis, Mike Hirst, Miles Fossey, Henry Leonnig and Tom Echle, were presented with a bottle of Drappier Champaign by Eddie Brockbank of TICO and celebrated with a team dinner in PegLegs Restaurant. The $250 entry fee was donated to the BVI Humane Society.
‘Round Tortola’ is an all-comer, any-day event, starting and finishing off Nanny Cay. Competitors must attempt the record anti-clockwise and round Beef, Scrub Island, Great Camanoe and Guana Island to port. An entry fee of a $250 donation to a BVI charity of the challenger’s choice will include two night’s dockage at Nanny Cay. The monohull time to beat of 4 hours, 15 minutes and 5 seconds, was set by Dave West’s Melges 32, Jurakan, in the 2009 PegLegs Round Tortola Race.
As with most sailing events, the reward is in the taking part and bragging rights but record breakers will be able to celebrate their feat with a free dinner at PegLegs for up to 15 crewmembers and a jeroboam of champagne compliments of Nanny Cay. Record breakers also get their name on the perpetual trophy, which is on display year-round in PegLegs Restaurant.
To enter the Nanny Cay Challenge, contact Miles Sutherland-Pilch: [email protected]