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13 December 2003, 09:22 pm
Relaxing And Local Racing
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Rubicon Atlantic Challenge
Jolly Harbour

Following the arrival of Tangoroa yesterday, Overseas Express enjoying at last some more favorable winds, arrived in Jolly Harbour this afternoon, much to the delight of the crew who had been finding the slow progress over the past six days very tiring.
Skipper Tor Torma explained that in one of the bigger squalls last week both their mainsail and genoa were damaged, leaving them very under canvassed when the winds turned light. " We had just seen the sky filled with lightening which despite being the middle of the night, with the frequency of the lightening it seemed like day. Thunder was booming loud over head and then suddenly the winds, in excess of 40 knots swung the boat over and whilst the crew acted quickly to reduce sails, it was too late ! We were able to continue with a reefed mainsail, but the loss of the genoa proved costly in the light winds and made the passage a three week crossing. However we had provisioned well and crew moral was kept high with good meals and plenty of wild life to enjoy. We are now looking forward to exploring the luscious island of Antigua."

Several yachts have now left Jolly Harbour to go cruising either along the Caribbean coast of the Island or in the case of Eve II to St Barts. Not keen to rest ashore the crew of Delnic joined in the local Saturday afternoon racing organised by the Jolly Harbour Yacht Club, with a course set out around the nearby Five Islands. Whilst the young crew rate their chances highly they will be well placed to beat Hugo, a local yacht owned by Hugo Bailey a regular winner on the Caribbean Regatta Circuit.

Sunday sees crews setting off to enjoy a tour around the Island courtesy of the Antigua Tourist Board, which after some sights, swimming at Turners Beach , heads down to Shirley Heights, overlooking English and Falmouth Harbour for the famous Sunday night sunset party with live music, food stalls and plenty of local rum punch !

Lady of Sea and Pendragon are due to arrive during the course of Sunday and we look forward to welcoming them to Jolly Harbour.
James Hall
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