“Aschanti Winning Antigua Classics Regatta was nothing “heroic” but it’s was fun! Sailing is a great team sport! I have been Skippering classic yachts since 1978, and I do it because it is still amazing and fun! At Antigua Classics Week this year we had between 20 and 25 People on Board Aschanti, crew from all over the world. We won the first race on tactics which gave me the chance to see the weak points of our competitors. We were quite hopeful that we could win this regatta. We raced three more hard races with some great sailing .In the last race we got into a very heavy rain squall with wind up to 35 knots and periods of zero visibility – this was the moment when we could make the important time against our competitor , Columbia who crossed the finish line only meters behind us. I’m grateful to the crew members and the owner for a great regatta. Aschanti is now off on a world cruise and her next regatta is The Hobart.”
Karl Peter Ebner – Captain Aschanti
Salty sailors flocked to The Caribbean to celebrate the 31st edition of The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. Founded by the late Kenny Coombs the regatta is the largest classic sailing event in The Caribbean. Although significant yachts were missing this year it still a firm favourite. There is never a dull moment in Antigua which is why it is so popular and celebrated amongst the die-hard classic yacht community. This is probably due to the espresso martinis that fuel the action and ambiance on and off the water!
This year conditions were ominous and the fleet were clearly challenged. Luckily the clouds cleared in time for the final starry night of Prize Giving Party at The Copper and Lumber Store Hotel. After a short confusion over the results it was announced that the mighty Ocean racer Aschanti IV was the Winner Overall of the Regatta. The prize was sponsored by the Classic Yacht Owners Association. She was also awarded the Den Philips Trophy for the most photographic yacht.
First place in Vintage Class B was 19.7 metre 1930 Alfred Mylne Marconi cutter The Blue Peter. Owner/Captain Mat Barker also took home the Abordage Stormy Weather Trophy for best Overall in Vintage Class.
Vintage Class A, first place went to 24 metre Alfred Mylne yawl Mariella along with the A&F Sails Trophy for the best local boat. She is owned by Carlo Falcone whose Antigua Yacht Club Marina provides free dockage for all participants. Shannon Falcone, America’s Cup Sailor played an important role with his boat Exile Explorer that served as the Committee Boat during the regatta.
First place winner of the Traditional Class went to 10.9 metre Carriacou sloop Sweetheart.
The S&S Yawl 16 metre Mah Jong won Classic Class B and her Captain, Alex Godhill accepted the FitzRoy Trophy for young Classic Sailor of the Year. She is pictured here with a ballet performer in the rigging! As I say, there is definitely rocket fuel in those espressos!
ARGOS BRING THEIR A – GAME TO IBIZA
Ibiza had a rare vintage vibe at the second edition of White Island Classics which took place at Marina Botafoch Ibiza the last weekend in April. Local resident and Architect Sebastian Devonshire carefully curated a display of cars, yachts and live music. Run in tandem with a local gastronomy event, the regatta attracted a small gathering with a big spirit. On the Sunday doors opened for “Classics Day” when the local community, friends and families appreciated the classic collections on display and music ‘til late dock party. It was a busy weekend for Marina Botafoch and the regatta village welcomed 1,000 visitors over the 3 days.
On the Water Kelpie of Falmouth, Madrigal 1938, Vixen II and Kahurangi competed closely but it was Argos who brought her A-Game to Ibiza taking The The White Island Classics Trophy 2018 for Winner Overall. The 12.65 metre Bermudan sloop is owned by a Spanish family and a member of The New York Yacht Club (NYYC). Built in in 1964 in Barcelona Argos is designed by CR Kim Holman for speed and ocean racing. The conditions were prefect for her during the breezy weekend in Ibiza. The Trophy was awarded by Domus Nova Ibiza, main sponsor of the regatta.
Nicolai Visser, Owner and Skipper of Vixen II, a 23.4 metre Herreshoff schooner took home the Herve Memorial Trophy for Spirit of the Regatta White Island Classics 2018.
Luis Vallejo, Owner and Skipper of Es Mon won The Marina Botafoch prize for “Spirit of Tradition 1st Place” which was presented to him by Nicolas Mayol, owner of Marina Botafoch Ibiza.
Kahurangi the 18.9 metre was awarded a Balthazar of Rose for “Best Performance for a Charter Boat”. The owner, The Owner of Pepe Rosello was presented the prize by Domus Nova Ibiza.
Racing took place on the idyllic emerald waters of Ibiza and Formentera. The organisers collaborated with Ibiza Preservation Fund by raising funds to support “Our Dolphins Project”. The sea around Ibiza is an important habitat for the Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), a protected species. The donations from a charity raffle went towards research into their habitat and gathering vital data for their protection and preservation. Dolphins were spotted during the regatta so participants enjoyed supporting this cause. The project is headed by Tursiops Association – a Balearic NGO focused on cetacean research in the Mediterranean. White Island Classics also pioneered a plastic-free yacht event organized by local group, Love Ibiza Now.
Back on the dock the parties were lively and late. Fuelled by Gigglewater Prosecco there were even rumours of a mermaid sighting. Well, when in Ibiza…!
The CIM rating rule came into its own with such a diverse fleet. RANC were personally onsite to measure and issue the new 2018 Certificates to the yachts, which was particularly reassuring to those new to the circuit.
A low-key way to open the classic racing season in the Med, White Island Classics is the perfect Turn up and Tune-up regatta.
Barbara Trilling, Owner of Argos speaks from the heart when thanking the organising committee. “Thank You Sebastian for organising this wonderful regatta! Argos is leaving Ibiza with many fabulous memories and new sailing friends. We look forward to seeing everyone next year, same place, same time!”
ARGENTINIAN CIPPINO TAKES THREE GUNS AT PALMA VELA
Palma Vela in early May saw light, fluky winds and cooler temperatures than normal for springtime in Palma. In the vintage divisions tricky sailing conditions required tactics, skill and oilskins.
The Bermudan Class saw Seven Seas of Porto and Samurai tie but it was Argentinian Martin Billoch’s Germán Frers design 15.08 metre Cippino built in 1949 who took all three guns and podium.
In the Gaff Class, straight from her “tune-up” event in Ibiza, Kelpie of Falmouth took on local surgeon and RCNP member Tim Liesenhoff’s Charles Livingstone’s designed Marigan in a two dogfight. Marigan won.
The largest participation was in the Spirit of Tradition Class. Four yachts, three of which were Wally Nanos competed closely but it was a hands down victory for Jens Ricke and his Spirit 46 Legolas that took home the silverware.
Viviane Mainemare, Sports Coordinator at RCNP tells me “We would love to welcome more classic yachts at Palma Vela but we are aware many yachts are still not ready at this time of year.”
Palma Vela are currently reviewing their dates for 2019. Stay tuned.
Den Phillips Photography – www.denphillipsphotos.com
Nico Martinez – www.martinezstudio.es
Orphée Tehranchian – @OrpheeCreativePhotography
MEDITERRANEAN REGATTA CALENDAR –
FOR VINTAGE, CLASSIC & MODERN CLASSIC YACHTS
Les Voiles d’Antibes Trophée Panerai: 30 May – 3rd June
Porquerolles Classique: 7th – 10th June
Argentario Sailing Week Trophée Panerai: 13th – 17th June
Les Voiles du Vieux Port, Marseille: 15th – 17th June
The Superyacht Cup, Palma: 19th – 23rd June
J-Class Fleet Racing at The Superyacht Cup: 20th – 23rd June
Trophée Bailli de Suffren (St Tropez-Porto Rotondo-Trapani-Malta) 23rd June – 4th July
DON’T MISS A BEAT OR A BULLETIN!
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Alice C I’ A Widdows is a Regatta Manager on the classic yacht regatta circuit. A keen yachtswomen and self – confessed island hopping addict, preferably by boat. Meet our Classic Yachting Columnist. You can find more at www.alicewiddows.com