Fresh winds and blue skies greet Angostura Yachting World Regatta

In Store Bay at the southern end of the Caribbean island of Tobago, one hundred yachts, nearly eighty of them racing in the four divisions of the Regatta gathered for the start of the 2001 series, sponsored by Angostura and Yachting World. The Racing Division is hotly contended by some of the Caribbean’s top boats and equally competitve is the Cruising, non-spinnaker, Class. A record 27 boats were racing in the Charter class, most of them part of the huge Moorings Caribbean fleet whilst the so called Comfort Cruising class, the liveaboards, were taking part to enjoy a more leisurely amble around the course.

With two short races for the first three classes, there was plenty of action in the lively conditions, with a steady 20-25 knot breeze. At the time of posting this report no results had been announced as a result of several protests, two of which were unfortunately the result of collisions resulting in some damage to the boats involved.

Rum,Meanwhile ashore the music played, the limin’ and winin’ limbered up to the taste of the sponsor’s rum, marking the start of what promises to be a memorable week for the Caribbean’s friendliest regatta. A further report and pictures will be posted on Tuesday.