Antigua Sailing Week and TP52 Conviction
Antigua Sailing Week is held annually at the end of April, and the 50th edition BOSS’s TP52 Conviction went home with a first place every day and the overall victory of her class. The Week is considered one of the Caribbean’s most prestigious regattas with 145 yachts participating in 2017.
With a crew from Canada, the United States, Antigua, Barbados, Zambia, Ireland, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain and Australia, half of them women, TP52 Conviction went home with a well deserved first place every day and the overall victory of her class. In the CSA 3 class 8 boats competed each other.
Antigua Sailing Week experience on board Conviction
Sunday, race day 1
The end of the first day of racing BOSS and the crew on Conviction could not have asked for a better more, exciting beginning. The start could have been better, but we recovered quickly, sailed hard, and slowly got ourselves to the front of our class. A slight hick up with one spinnaker hoist could not stop us. The crew, with the true spirit of professionals, recovered immediately and kept our lead.
Boat speed topped out at 24 knots in 22 knots of breeze! Conviction, in her element, did us proud for the day one win.We have seen just how hard it’s going to be to stay on top of our class throughout the week, but we are up to that challenge. We’ll continue to race hard and do what we can to stay on top of the class.The battling starts again, Monday morning for day two’s racing. See you out in the water!
Monday, race day 2
For Conviction, the second day of racing started with a bang. We had a fantastic start and extended our lead throughout the race. The two spinnaker hoists went very smoothly, and we had good fun surfing the waves on the downwind legs at a constant 15-17 knots. The wind was lighter today than yesterday, so manoeuvres weren’t as hairy.
The start of the second race was even better than the first, and by the first windward mark, we had already established a 1-minute lead!
The second course was interesting with multiple reaches and downwind zig-zagging to the leeward mark. A couple more clean spinnaker hoists and douses and a stellar last beat, we claimed yet another bullet.
Three races, three bullets… not a bad start to the 50th Anniversary Antigua Sailing Week! Hopefully, tomorrow’s performance will honor today’s!
Tuesday, race day 3
Our worst results so far for the week. Despite successfully port tacking the fleet (twice) off the start line somehow the local boys and girls on s/y Rebel sailed by Sir Hugh Bailey managed to sneak into first place for the second race. However- we still won the day on points as they finished 3rd in the first race. Leaving us to dominate the overall scoreboard.
Wednesday, was lay day
A much needed day of rest with a couple of minor Jobs to do on board.
Thursday, race day 4
Started with a changing of gears as we had about 5 knots less breeze than earlier in the week.
The result – the same as we have come to expect of ourselves. 2 races ending with two first-place finishes.
Today crew work as we rounded the corners and changed sails was simply superb: equal to any pro crew on the planet. We are a proud group of Bajans and honorary Bajans, and we should be.
All this leaves us with one more race to go. All we need to do is keep our heads, and sail clean.
It’s all to play for tomorrow.
C-ya on the water!!
Race day 5
Something I didn’t want to mention yesterday, so as not to jinx our performance: Conviction and more specifically her crew actually won their class after yesterday’s racing. There was enough of a points spread between first (us) and the second placed boat that we could have stayed on the dock for the final race and still won our class!
But, there was no way we were doing that. We’ve enjoyed sailing with each other and why would we give up the chance of another win?
Today’s race started with some action right off the bat with our three closest competitors each making separate attempts at attacking us and putting us behind them.
It was not to be. By the time we were halfway up the first leg we had broken free of our fleet and only looked back for a brief period. After that, it was all heads in the boat and make her go as fast as the conditions allowed.
As usual, our cornering and gear changes were superbly done (go bow crew!!!). Our trimmers had the boat skating downwind, and all this added up to another first-place finish. Just to put the icing on a great regatta.
It’s been a fantastic week of racing with a really fun group of people; all of whom have an experience to be proud of.
I want to thank them all for making it such a great week!
Video BOSS Barbados Conviction at Antigua Sailing Week 2017
Reviews from the crew on board TP52 Conviction
Great sailing by a great team
Champions one and all
The crew work was spot on
Champions…. Great Team!! Well Sailed!
We won our Division like a bunch of champions. I forgot how amazing it is to be part of a big team that runs like clockwork at 100%. A cracker that won’t be forgotten in a hurry!
Thanks for making this trip so memorable. One for the history books!! It was an honour and a privilege to sail, race and win with you all!!
An amazing week of sailing with great people!
Had the most amazing time with the best sailors I know. Thank you guys for adding the icing on my birthday cake
The shrouds were singing like an orchestra
Antigua Sailing Week 2018
Antigua Sailing Week is held annually at the end of April and the 51st edition will commence with the Peters & May Round Antigua Race on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Following that will be five days of competitive racing of the rugged south coast of Antigua, which will wrap up on Friday, May 4, 2018.
Antigua Sailing Week is considered one of the Caribbean’s most prestigious regattas with 145 yachts participating in 2017.
Video Epic Highlights – 2017 Antigua Sailing Week
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