Big Boat Challenge gets new look

A modest breeze and overcast skies robbed Solas Big Boat Challenge bash of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia around Sydney Harbour from some of its drama, this season, but the yearly event always gives a look at the squads that look to contend for Rolex Sydney Hobart Race which begins on 26th December.

Today, the light winds and flat waters were made to order for elegant, slim as well as recently altered Wild Oats XI. Following a great start, Sandy and Bob’s super maxi drew away from the wider, bigger, more powerful hundred footers, Perpetual Loyal and Ragamuffin 100, on every leg of the fourteen nautical mile course, in a steady way.

Wild Oats XI
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Pensacola to Havana Race – final results

Bob Kriegel from Pensacola, FL, sailing his Pearson 424 ‘Acadia’ (monohull)and George Reiss from Panama City, FL, sailing his R&C ‘Bene Vita’ (multihull) shared the top prize in Andrews Institute Pensacola a la Habana Race 2015. Kreigel was top adjusted time finisher in seventeen-boat monohull band and Reiss was top adjusted time finisher of the four multihulls which began the historic renewal of yacht racing to Cuba from United States.

The race this year was five-hundred-eleven nautical miles from Pensacola to Havana. The fleet began on 31st October, with the tide at Bayou Chico Channel’s end, heads via the Pensacola Pass, leaves the sea buoy No. 1 to starboard and goes straight to Havana leaving Rebecca Shoals Light to port. The very last yacht went to Cuba on 5th November.

21 yachts from twenty-seven to fifty-seven feet long took part in 3 divisions — 4 Multihulls, 7 Classic Cruisers and 10 Modern Cruisers. Along the way 4 yachts withdrew, 2 because of damage. The crew from one of those Midnight sun II, came back to Pensacola, shifted their issues and gear onto ‘TraSea’, owned by one of her crew, and went for Cuba. Actually, the crew was awarded 3rd spot in Class B.

Topping the men’s was Malcolm Lamphere (Yale), while Juan Perdomo of Harvard was second and Enrique Arathoon of Charleston  was third. In the women’s fleet, the top spot was snatched by Haddon Hughes (of Georgetown), with Lindsey Baab (Brown) in the 2nd spot and Isabella Loosbrock (of Boston College) in the third spot.

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