Published on Apr 18, 2016
The first day of racing at Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, sponsored by Panerai, was blessed with a perfect breeze of about 12 knots from the south-east. The glorious conditions came as somewhat of a surprise to the competitors as for several days weather forecasts had predicted a complete shut down in the breeze but five knots of true wind from the east was enhanced by a weak thermal breeze and Mother Nature smiled on Antigua Classics for the first day of racing.
ANTIGUA CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA, APRIL 13th – 19th, 2016 – DAY 2
Day Two of the Antigua Classic Regatta, sponsored by Panerai, was held in glorious conditions off the south coast of Antigua. A steady 12 knots from the south east held for the duration of the day on the Butterfly Course, the longest and probably most technically demanding of the regatta.
Getting in the chocolates today was a complex equation of correct course, best trim, sail combinations and ultimately VMG (velocity made good) around the course. In light airs racing a knot of additional speed is a far greater percentage increase than in heavier air. Five of the six legs of the Butterfly Course are off the breeze, where big speed differences can result by better boat handling and tactically choosing the right angle of attack for the next mark. Eight teams remain unbeaten after two days of racing.