The second BVI team ended the regatta having a match race with the Holmbergs for second place overall. Once Robbie Hirst realized that his second place was under fire he took over the helm from Don Tae. “Having one of the world’s best match racers come after you in 20 knots of breeze is not unlike a jousting scene from the movie ‘A Knight’s Tale’,” joked Richard.
However, one crucial slip on the start line by the BVI team gave the Holmbergs control and they duly sailed ‘Team BVI’ to the back of the fleet America’s Cup style. At one point it looked like the Canadians could leap into second overall but the Holmbergs with “the damage done” sailed away to finish third and take second place away from Team BVI.
While there was a flurry of boat contact, including one holing on the first day, there was no damage on the second day. The race committee managed to get nine races away each day. There was not a spot of rain all weekend, just fresh to strong trade winds and glorious sunshine.
The event used the Tortola-based fleet of IC24s in a round-robin format. Competitors noted that they had as much fun surfing downwind as they did hammering upwind. The new rotation matrix which saw them competing in a two-on, one-off rotation was very popular with teams because it allowed good down-time, eight boats on the start line and twelve races for each team.
Nanny Cay’s beach is arguably one of the best shore side locations in the Caribbean for a sailing event. With a perfect view of the racecourse just offshore, Racing in Paradise set up tents with ample shade on Nanny Cay beach while the Royal BVI Yacht Club provided a mobile bar with food.
Racing In Paradise’s Richard Wooldridge and Chris Haycraft handed out the prizes under the Red Bull tent in the late afternoon sunshine on Sunday. Cameron McColl of Nanny Cay Resort & Marina was invited to present ‘bmobile/LIME’ with the superb perpetual trophy that will, for the third time in four years, proudly reside in the BVI.
1) bMobile/LIME (BVI) – Colin Rathbun/Alec Anderson – 22
2) Ondeck Ocean Racing (USVI) – Peter & John Holmberg – 29
3) Team BVI – Robbie & Mike Hirst/Don Tae Hodge – 34
4) Canuks – Mark Plaxton/Chris Watters – 37
5) Holland – Frits Bus – 45
6) Blighties – Andrew Waters – 52
7) HIHO (USA) – Andy Morrell – 55
8) Antigua – Bernie Evan-Wong – 63
9) St Maarten – Simon Manly – 66
10) Stormtrysail (USA) – John Carlton – 66
11) Ireland – Clair Burke – 71
12) 5 Go Sailing (UK) – Matt Hood – 85
Teams representing any country, gathered from anywhere in the world, can compete in the Nanny Cay Nations Cup as long as each team member satisfies ISAF nationality guidelines.