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7 April 2002, 07:39 pm
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BVI Spring Regatta

After perfect 10-15 knot conditions kicked off the first day of racing at the 30th annual BVI Spring Regatta winds de-generated to light to nothing for the second day with one class unable to complete its race of the day.

As the wind swung to the south placing the windward mark for the spinnaker course between Salt and Peter islands, the race committee still managed to get off three races for many of the classes while all had at least two.

However, it was a different matter on the non-spinnaker course. The cruising, jib & main, bareboat I and multihull classes managed to get their race under their belts but no boats in bareboat II finished within the allotted time - but that was of little consequence to some as they had already retired.

Pyewacket has continued its dominance of Big Boat Racing with five bullets after two days of racing while Tom Hill's Titan leads Bill Alcott's Equation by three points. Spirit of Diana also has a commanding lead in Big Boat Racer/Cruiser with five bullets so far.

In Racing I the top three placers from yesterday remain but their positions have changed. Martin Fisher's J/145 Strabo jumped to the top of the leaderboard after three firsts today while Noonmark VI was bumped down to third place after a disqualification in the first race of the day followed by a third and fourth place. Swan 56 Lolita is second. Strabo's skipper Martin fisher put his fourth place on the first day down to a crew shakedown. "Good crew work, good tactics and watching the wind," gave them their firsts today he said.

So far, victors from other regatta this season, Mermaid II and Twisted Lizard, have seen themselves relegated to second and third respectively by Puerto Rico's Mumm 30 Red Fever in Racing II. However, Twisted Lizard would undoubtedly be leading the class had it not been disqualified yesterday for contact after the start in its first race yesterday.

Antigua's Jamie Dobbs is topping Racing III with St Croix's Stanton brothers in second on their J/24 Jersey Devil and Morgan Dale's Tartan 10 Sorceress is third. Both the BVI Olson 30s - Willy T (Rushin' Rowlette) and Fastidiots - on the leaderboard yesterday - are now sixth and seventh while Magnificent 7, sailed by Paul Stoeken jumped to fourth; owner John Foster is sailing a Star in the US in preparation for his Olympic bid.

Orion continues its seemingly unassailable dominance of the Melges 24 fleet this year after another three firsts today.

With six races under their belts Geoff Miles from the USA leads the IC/24 class while BVI-led boat HIHO (Old & Grey) is second with BVI Olympian Robbie Hirst on the helm.

BVI boat Pipe Dream dropped one race today to another BVI boat, J/22 Boomorang, skippered by Pat Nolan but continues to lead the class. Tartan 10 Cold Beer 3 - one of the slowest boats in its class on rating - was looking strong in the first race of the day, leading the pack to the windward mark. However, a lapse of concentration with the course sheet saw their lead evaporate as they watched their foes start to round the closer of the two windward marks that they had passed earlier.

John Holmberg sailing Red Hook Agencies found his feet today and racked up three bullets putting him one point ahead Figueroa's Suzuki Tornado. Terry Jackson's Tornado Century 21 is third. Blame It On Rhea still leads non-spinnaker with another set of firsts today. In cruising class J/120 Jahazi swapped positions with Ron Noonan's Sabre 402 Wildflower. "His boat is better sub six knots and Jahazi and better over six knots," said Barney Crook, a one-time BVI resident and owner of Melges 24 Airgasm (now Crew Clothing) sailing with his old Airgasm crew including Mike Hirst. Gerry Ficks and his Keep It Simple team have found themselves in the unusual position of being in third place.

Richard Wooldridge's Triple Jack seems to be finding little to worry about from its competiton having beaten its nearest rival on corrected time by just under an hour today.

Top three places after first day of racing:

Big Boat- Racing

Pyewacket: 1,1-1,1,1
Titan: 2,2-2,3,2
Equation: 3,3-3,2,3

Big Boat - Racer/Cruiser

Spirit of Diana: 1,1-1,1,1
Orfeo: 2, 2-2,2,2
Chica Boba 2000: 4(DNS),4(DNS)-3,3,3

Racing I
Strabo: 4,1-1,1,1
Lolita: 1,4-3,4,2
Noonmark VI: 2,2-6,3,4

Racing II
Red Fever: 2,2 - 4,1,4
Mermaid II: 4,4 - 1,5,1
Twisted Lizard: 9,1 - 2,3,2

Racing III
Lost Horizon: 4,1 - 4,2,1
Jersey Devil: 6,5-1,3,2
Sorceress: 5,4-5,1,4
Melges 24

Orion: 1,1 - 1,1,1
2 Contact Carib: 2,2 - 2,3,4
Crew Clothing: 3,3 - 4,4,2

IC/24

No Expectations: 1,2,1 - 1,1,2
HIHO: 5,1,2 - 2,2,1
Red Dog: 2,6,4-5,6,3

Racer/Cruiser

Pipe Dream: 1,1 - 2,1
Cold Beer 3: 2,2 - 4,2
Boomorang: 6,3- 1,3

Cruising
Wildflower: 2-1
Jahazi: 1-2
Keep It Simple: 3-3

Jib & Main
Second Nature: 1-1
Tikitas: 4-2
Carriacou: 2-4

Bareboat I
Sam McGee: 3-1
Lofoten: 2-2
Woof: 4-3

Bareboat II
The Phantom: 1
Something Hot: 2
Mickey Mouse: 3
Second day - no boat completed race in allotted time.

Multihull
Triple Jack: 1-1
Kikikat: 3-2
Patouche: 2-3

Beach Cat Spinnaker
Red Hook Agencies: 3,3-1,1,1
Suzuki Tornado: 1,1-2,3,2
Century 21: 2, 3 - 3,2,3

Beach Cat Non-Spinnaker
Blame It On Rhea: 1, 1 - 1,1,1
Scat: 3, 2 - 2,2,2
HF Mortgage Bankers: 2, 3 - 3,3,3
Bob Phillips/News Editor
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