Racing began at the Angostura Tobago Sailweek on Monday, where the Hilton Tobago race unfurled in perfect racing conditions. With winds at a steady 15 knots the yachts took to the waves with enthusiasm and the competition was fierce.
48 yachts are enrolled in this year's regatta. The fleet has grown by seven yachts over last year and all those extra seven are attributed to the racing fleet. Naturally there is a large fleet from nearby Trinidad (19 yachts) and even one entry from Tobago itself, but competitors from USA, Great Britain, Guadeloupe, Barbados, and the Netherlands are also in the line up making for a good medley of nationalities.
In Tobago, despite the laid back attitude there is quite a competitive spirit. The first day's race was hotly disputed in racing class and the confrontations, which led to the protest room, were defended with enthusiasm.
In the Racing Class Bruggadung II took the honours, followed by Enzyme and High Tension Lucozade. Wayward came out on top of the Crusier-Racers whilst Hotel California Too won the battle of the Cruising Class. Victory in the Charter Class went to Annie T and taking first place in the Comfort Cruising Class was Ala Mor.