Round the Island yacht race competitors make good time

Ten boats took part in this year’s annual Cayman Islands Sailing Club Easter Round the Island Race.

Mark Lewis’s 44-foot Jeanneau Arktos won the pursuit race in just over six hours, followed by Resolution, helmed by Peter Cunningham, in second place, and Bruce Johnson’s Blue Runner in third.

The winners of race, held on Friday, March 25, received prizes from sponsor Harbour House Marina.

The boaters raced from the North Sound Main Channel in a clockwise direction for 42 miles around to George Town. In stronger than expected southeasterly winds, Chip Ogilvie’s Adrenalin held out as the lead boat until past Old Man Bay when the larger boats, which had stayed further offshore along the north coast, tacked in for an unassailable lead.

The two J30s and Donald Mclean’s Radium staged an exciting tacking duel along the north coast with the relatively even fleet bringing numerous exciting battles for placings throughout the race.

Heavy seas and gusty winds on the south coast meant challenging conditions, with three of the smaller boats dropping back after abandoning the spinnakers.

All boats made it to George Town in good time, where Sunset House Bar and Restaurant was a welcoming venue for tired sailors to quench their thirsts and celebrate a fine day on the water.

Cruiser representative Robert Hutchison said, “Another great Easter Regatta, interesting conditions and an evenly matched fleet gave us an exciting race with everyone getting round the island in good time.

Club Manager Nancy Boulmay said, “It was my second Easter Regatta as manager of the club and it was a truly wonderful event, thanks must go to the sponsors and volunteers who made it happen.”

Mclean’s CS 36 Radium won the race back to the sound on Saturday with Arktos second and Cheers, skippered by Pete Bridge, in third place.