38TH ANTIGUA SAILING WEEK KICKS OFF TOMORROW
23 Apr, 2005
The much-anticipated participation of Maximus has been foiled by engine
problems with the transport ship which has yet to enter the Panama
Canal. Maxmius is now due to arrive in Antigua as Sailing Week finishes
and she'll miss the racing. However she is planning a round the island
run before she leaves for the US for the start of the Rolex
2005 looks like the year that Tom Hill's Titan XII walks away with the
Lord Nelson's Trophy for best overall. Titan XII, the Reichel Pugh 75
hailing from Puerto Rico, is now in her second season of racing. Last
year she stole races from the maxZ86s Pyewacket and Morning Glory and
won the Caribbean Big Boat Series. She has had a very strong Caribbean
race season this year which started with her smashing the Montego Bay
Race record. She followed this with winning her class in St Maarten's
Heineken Regatta, the International Rolex Regatta in St Thomas and the
BVI Spring Regatta. America's Cup veteran Peter Isler, Titan's
tactician for this year's Caribbean circuit, believes that the boat is
sailed "as well as any maxi boat I have ever sailed on".
Joining Titan in Racing Big Boat II will be Bill Alcott's Andrews 70
Equation, Erck Rickmers Flying Dragon with Marcus Weiser onboard, Sir
Peter Ogden's Swan 601 Spirit Of Jethou, Swan 86 Dreamland, Tripp 60
Serengeti and Swan 62 Gienah. Dreamland competes after a 4 1/2 year
circumnavigation. She was last seen racing in the 2002 Sydney to Hobart
In Racing III, 2003 overall winner Swan 56 Lolita returns in a
different guise. Chartered by Farr 40 and 12 Meter racer Edgar Cato,
Lolita competes this year as Hissar. Jack Slattery, a veteran of many
Sailing Week's on Chippewa, joins the crew as tactician and Campbell
Field joins as navigator. She'll be up against two other Swan 56s -
Aqua Equinox from Belgium and Deneb from the UK. Les Crouch's Storm,
the Trinidadian-built Pugh 44, joins this class together with Kativa
and Sequoyah, a J/160 and J/145 respectively.
Racing 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. Antiguan boats
Caccia Alla Volpe and Lost Horizon II will be fighting hard – in the
nicest possible way – to make sure that they don't.
As Paul Solomon, skipper and one of the four owners of Enzyme
explained: "We upgraded from the Henderson 30 to the 35 because we
wanted to sail Antigua Sailing Week in the same class as Antigua's
Caccia Alla Volpe and carry on our long term rivalry on Dougie's
Celtic V a competitive Frers 45 from the Dominican Republic, joins the
fray as does the J/N 45 Mermaid II now sailing under the Antiguan flag
as Geoffrey Pidduck's recent acquisition and Bull 9000 Push the Tempo,
a British/Bulgarian combo.
Four Swan 48s – Murka, Affinity, Vocation and Yocahu – join
Racer/Cruiser I together with two Swan 51s Northern Child and Star.
Beneteau First 47.7 Disco Inferno returns to beat her third place last
Six Beneteau First 40.7s will be battling it out in Racer/cruiser II
and they'll be joined by two J/120s – Shamrock and Paulista plus others.
Performance Cruiser I is the home of the big boats this year with a
Trehard 104-footer, sailing as Brill Nautical Society, as scratch boat.
She is joined by Symmetry, a 96-foot YDL, Capercaillie, a Swan 77,
Ocean 77 Ocean Phoenix, Gefion, a Peterson 73, and Swan 75 FD Dasian.
Dasian is the first of a new line of seventy-five foot Nautor Swan
yachts. She was launched in Finland in June of 2004 and has completed
13,000 miles of cruising since then. "We arrived in Sardinia a little
too late to prepare the boat for the Swan Cup last year so this will be
the boat's first regatta," said skipper Jeremy Peek. "We have entered
in the Performance Cruiser class in Division B and are feeling
confident that we will do well."
Performance Cruiser II is the stage for another act in the "Battle of
The Caribbean Marina Owners" with Bobby Velasquez's L'Esperance from St
Maarten and Hugh Bailey's Antiguan Hugo.
Pavlova II, a Swan 43 from the UK, returns to defend her 2004 victory
in Performance Cruiser III. She will be up against five Sun Fast 37s
including all-girl crew Girls With Wicked Ambition. David Cullen and
his Farr 56, Farrfly from Ireland, returns to defend its title in
In the Bareboat class, Phil Otis has returned 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 keen to defend her
title. Durley Dene, the Bavaria 36 that won Bareboat VI, has also
returned. Expect a tough fight from this group of boats with BVI ties.
Jan Soderberg has also come back to knock these young pretenders from
their perches and rack up a seventh overall win in Antigua.
The Virgin Atlantic Beach Bash kicks off as racing finishes at
Dickenson Bay with a water ski demonstration by the Stars of Florida
water ski team. The Stars of Florida will be followed by a Bath Tub
Derby. A karaoke competition complete with continues the afternoon's
entertainment, and tribute band ABBA One from the UK completes it.
For more information on Antigua Sailing Week visit:
www.sailingweek.com. Stanford International Bank Limited is a diamond
sponsor of the event. Platinum sponsors are Cable & Wireless,
English Harbour Rum and Yachting World. Virgin Atlantic and LIAT are
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