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Antigua Sailing Week - Rum Race packs a Punch !

Mother Nature delivered fantastic conditions for the first day of the 51st edition of Antigua Sailing Week. English Harbour Rum Race Day 1 was spicy, packing a real punch.

With 20 knots of breeze and a building sea state, the 116 teams that took to the combat zone revelled in fast conditions drenched in sparkling sunshine.

Stefan Jentzsch's German Carkeek 47 Black Pearl corrected out to win CSA Racing 1 with the modified American Volvo 70 Warrior sailed by Stephen Murray Jr taking second place, and the Cookson 50 Riff Raff, skippered by Brian McMaster from Australia in third.

In CSA 2, Peter Harrison's Superyacht Sojana sailed well to give its owner the perfect birthday present; a win in the first race of the regatta. Lithuanian Volvo 60 Ambersail was second in CSA 2 and Stuart Robinson's Swan 82 Stay Calm was third.

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English Harbour Rum Race Day was a great occasion for Antiguan entries with five teams winning their respective CSA classes.

The surf was up for Bernie Evan-Wong's RP37 TAZ scoring an impressive win in CSA 3 and Jonty Layfield's powerful Swan 48 Sleeper X glided through the rush-hour in CSA 5.

Carlo Falcone's unique and legendary Caccia Alla Volpe took a big win in CSA 6, and Jules Mitchell's young team racing NSA Spirit, scored an impressive win for Antigua's National Sailing Academy in CSA 7.

Congratulations to all the winning teams today, including:

Robbie Ferron, racing the modified 6 Meter Biwi Magic; Alexander Pfeiffer on Jeanneau SO 509 KH+P La Bella Vita; Roland Graf's Dufour 460 Culebra; Nicole Lameter's all-female crew on Dufour 412 KH+P Nardis, 2 2 Tango, Anthony McVeigh's GF51 and competing in the new Club Class, Jonathan Constantine's Feeling 39, Imagine of Falmouth.

Full results available here

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