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4 April 2004, 03:35 pm
Sun, Sea, Sand And Redress
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BVI Spring Regatta

Competitors at the Regatta were put through their paces again on day two. The race committee squeezed in another three races for the Cooper Area participants, two races for the Norman Area racers, five each for the beach cats and six for the IC-24s.
Competitors woke to partly cloudly skies which cleared to classic Caribbean sun this afternoon with winds in the 10-12 knot range.

In class A Tom HILL'S Titan XXII (1,2,1,1,1,1,2) continues to exact retribution for its fourth to Pyewacket's (3,1,2,2,2,2,1) third in St Maarten's Heineken Regatta. She scored another two firsts and a second yesterday, bringing her lead on Mr Disney's Pyewacket to four points. Chippewa is in third place and Bill ALCOTT has retired with Equation suffering transmission problems that need to be fixed.

Earlier last night, a request for redress that was thrown out on the first day was reopened. Redress was granted which resulted in the first race for class B and C being abandoned because the race committee improperly signalled a course change - they made the announcement on the radio but didn't make a sound signal. This decision was the subject of much debate in the regatta village as local musician Quito played and Heineken and Mount Gay was quaffed.

While the ruling didn't change the standings in Class A it did increase Rosebud's (2,2,1,1,1,1) lead on Vim (1,3,2.5,2,4,2) from a hair at 0.5 points to 6.5 points - and it wasn't Rosebud who opened the hearing even though they received a DSQ in that race because of the course change.

Post-race Vim's owner Craig SPECK was expecting a 'real dog fight, with the previous 0.5 point gap, planning to trap Rosebud on the starts. His task is now a lot tougher in what is expected to be a two-race day.

This ruling also closed the gap between Transpac 52 Rosebud and Ker 55 Aera (3,1,4,4,2,3) who been having "some real nip and tuck" racing according to owner Roger. Rosebud, hails from the US west coast and is populated by a multinational and highly experienced crew many from the America's Cup. Jack Halterman is helm while Roger runs the Deckman tactical computer system; a role not unfamiliar to him. Roger has been in computers since '64 and if something has a chip in it, there's a 95% chance that Roger's software helped build it.

Vim earned an unwelcome fourth place in the second race today. "We had some driving problems with me basically," said Craig and, "we got a couple of bad shifts and then the wind slowed down on us right there at the end so we slowed down while the other boats finished." With Vim, a Swan 45, twice the weight of some of the other boats the crew has to keep the boat powered up and moving and "real gentle and easy on the movements".

"I love the race format. The not waiting [for the next race] is ideal. They start the morning with a real long race 15-18 miles which is great for boats of our size and then get some shorter ones, trying to get three or four in every day and that's what we're here for - to race."

The full story from yesterday's racing, as well as the full list of results and pictures, is available on the event website at the address below.
Alistair Abrehart (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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