MAXIMUS ENTERS 2005 ANTIGUA SAILING WEEK
12 Apr, 2005
English Harbour, Antigua – March 7, 2005 – Maximus, the new 100-foot
supermaxi from New Zealand officially entered Antigua Sailing Week 2005
(April 24 to 30) on February 28 and will be shipping from New Zealand
to Antigua on March 18. With Maximus’ attendance, the first Round
Island Race record looks set to be a fast one to beat.
“Maximus is being shipped to Antigua and is expected to arrive in
the harbour on the 22nd of April so the schedule is very tight,” said
Charles St Clair Brown one of the founders of EBS Yachting, the company
behind the yacht’s development. “As long as we have good cooperation
and assistance from the authorities and can get the rig stepped in time
we should be racing by the 24th.
performing to the owners’ expectations. We have an excellent New
Zealand crew and are looking forward to the event.”
line honours may be certain for Maximus throughout Sailing Week, Titan
XII, the Reichel Pugh 75 hailing from Puerto Rico and now in her second
season of racing will be the one to watch. Last year she stole races
from the maxZ86s Pyewacket and Morning Glory and won the Caribbean Big
Boat Series. She recently smashed the Montego Bay Race record and just
won her class in St Maarten’s Heineken Regatta. Tom Hill and crew,
including Peter Isler as tactician for this Caribbean season, will the
have the Lord Nelson’s Trophy for best overall performance firmly in
their sights this year.
With Antigua Sailing Week
only two months away, Antigua Sailing Week’s entry list is starting to
fill up. Racing Big Boat II will see a new name on the Antigua racing
roster. Swan 86 Dreamland plans to arrive in Antigua on March 20 after
a 4 1/2 year circumnavigation. She was last seen racing in the 2002
Sydney to Hobart Race.
“I have been coming to the
Caribbean and Antigua for the last 12 years and have many friends there
and it is like my second home,” said skipper Jeff Hanlon.
owner Brook Lenfest, besides cruising, loves racing and we did the
Sydney to Hobart race in 2002 while down in NZ for the America’s Cup.
Unfortunately it was a soft race that year - exactly what we didn’t
want - but we still came a creditable fifth by eight minutes from first
- seventy tonnes parks up real fast in no breeze!
style of race - long distance - is more to the liking of Dreamland,
she’s a big boat to throw around the race course on short windward /
leewards requiring loads of crew, but the owner is keen to give it a go
and have some fun.”
Dreamland is currently in Brazil
leaving early march for Antigua. After Sailing Week, Dreamland heads up
to Newport for a haulout and refit before returning to the Caribbean
Overall winner of this year’s Rolex Sydney
to Hobart Race, Ker 55 AERA, returns this year to improve on her second
place last year and will be up against 2003 overall winner Lolita in a
different guise. Swan 56 Lolita returns as Hissar chartered by Farr 40
and 12 Meter racer Edgar Cato. Les Crouch’s Storm, the
Trinidadian-built Pugh 44, joins this class.
IV, the traditional “Caribbean class”, sees old rivalries in new boats.
Enzyme, the old Crash Test Dummies, a Henderson 35, will be sailed by
the old Legacy crew with sights firmly set on the crown in Dougie
Myers’ honour. Dougie, Legacy’s owner/skipper who passed away last year
was a perennial favourite at the event. Antigua boats Caccia Alla Volpe
and Lost Horizon II will be fighting hard – in the nicest possible way
– to make sure that they don’t.
In the Bareboat
class, last year’s Phil Otis will be returning with a brand new
Beneteau 423 launched in St Maarten for the Heineken Regatta and fully
intends to repeat last year’s performance. Sailing DSD Carnival, a
Beneteau 46, Otis got a record-breaking clean sweep. Winning six out of
six races, Otis and crew took their class (Bareboat III), overall
bareboat and the Bareboat Championship Race. Nanuk of the North, winner
of Bareboat I was the first boat to sign up for the 2005 event and
Durley Dene, the Bavaria 36 that won Bareboat VI, is also returning.
Expect a tough fight from this group of boats with BVI ties.
Sailing Week held April 25-May 1 - saw 211 boats in 16 classes
registered, with 200 making it to the start line for the first start
gun off English Harbour. Twenty-eight yachts 60 feet and over gathered
with the fastest monohull in the world, Mari-Cha IV, leading the
Twenty-four countries were represented with
Russia and Hungary entering for the first time. Eighty-five bareboats
battled it out. A total of 28 Swans competed - a record for Antigua
Sailing Week – and a king’s ransom of international sailing talent that
was hard to keep track of was scattered through the fleet.
the week of racing, Dr Hasso Plattner’s maxZ86 Morning Glory walked
away with the Lord Nelson’s Trophy for best overall, the Curtain Bluff
Trophy for winning Big Boat I and the Ricochet Cup for best American
yacht. She won four of her seven races, dropping two to Titan XII and
one to her sistership Pyewacket. She beat Mari-Cha IV over the line
After a week of building winds, the 37th
annual Antigua Sailing Week ended with a bang on the last day of
racing. Rain and cloud greeted the fleet but as the day wore on the
clouds gave way to Caribbean sunshine. Winds moderated slightly and
averaged 23 knots but 28-knot gusts were seen after the start.
concluded on Saturday with the second annual Bareboat Championship
Race. Conditions were still demanding with 20-25 knot winds and 6-8
foot seas. Eighteen boats - the top three from each class - lined up on
the start line and DSD Carnival with Phil Otis on the helm emerged
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