The Weather Gods had promised more breeze for Day 2 of Les Voiles de St. Barth, and it came in a steady line of squalls moving south to north across the island, presenting challenging conditions for competitors and the Race Committee alike.
And the Leaders are…
Racing is extremely close, and after two days (and two or three races in each class), the top two boats in all classes, save Non-Spinnaker, are separated by no more than two points.
Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente (USA), managed two wins today to lead the Maxi class, with Caol Ila R (SUI) finishing second. In Spinnaker Zero, Near Miss (SUI) and Balearia (ESP) posted finish positions of 2-1, and 1-2, respectively, allowing the Swiss boat to lead now by one point. In Spinnaker 2, Steve Cucchiaro’s (USA) chartered Swan 56 White Rhino is tied on points with the Swan 48 Affinity, but leads on countback.
Drag Racing in Spinnaker 1
The five-boat Spinnaker 1 class has great depth of talent, and includes Peter Harrison’s Jolt 2 (GBR) with Volvo veteran Campbell Field at the wheel; past Les Voiles class winner Lazy Dog, a Melges 32, with Puerto Rico’s Sergio Sagramoso steering; and Stark Raving Mad IV (USA), a J/125 with Tony Rey, past America’s Cup sailor and Olympic coach, serving as tactician.
Stark Raving Mad IV is giving Lazy Dog a good run, as it has led Sagramoso’s team across the finish line both days but corrected out in second place both races.
Thursday, is the traditional lay day on Baie Saint Jean, where competitors will enjoy lunch at Nikki Beach as well as festivities that will include stand-up paddleboard racing.
17 April 2014 7:49 GMT