Racing with spinnakers on the last day of the Angostura Yachting World Regatta, plus the overall results from Tobago

They say you should always save the best for last and the last day of racing at the Angostura Yachting World regatta in Tobago once again proved this, writes Tim Thomas.

Originally I had planned to sail aboard the Morgan Heritage 36 Business Machine, which has become the most photographed boat in the regatta thanks to its delightful all-female crew and their sailing uniform of bikinis.

Sadly fate had other ideas, as the crew member who was leaving on Thursday stayed on and they were gunning for the Cruising Class win. I found myself snapped up by Trini boat Loose Goose which had arrived mid-week and was campaigning in the Racing class. A chance to fly spinnakers in these beautiful waters put a smile on my face, but that soon vanished when I learned they wanted me to do foredeck.

Perfect sailing conditions greeted us as we sailed off the mooring, and soon we were set for a showdown with Loose Goose skipper Stephen Bushe’s local arch-rival Lil’ Darlin’. We had a perfect start, luffing two yachts over the line, and from then on in it was non-stop action and water as we struggled to fly the kite shy in winds gusting over 25 knots and got drenched punching through the short swell that was developing.

We didn’t win, but we didn’t come last; the crew started their partying as we dropped the sails, and I knew the hangover would be big. They offered me a place on the boat for the Barbados regatta, but I don’t think my liver could take their pace.

Angostura Yachting World Regatta overall results:

  • Racing: Crash Test Dummies, Tim Kimpton/Mark Chapman
  • Cruising : Hugo, Hugo Bailey
  • Charter I: Lady Chekeda, S. Wasseu
  • Charter II: Saga Boy, David and Vicky Downie
  • Comfort Cruising: Sage V, Chris Teasdale>