Visione crew fly around Antigua
Local entry Visione earned a spot on the podium for the second straight year at last month's Superyacht Challenge Antigua.
Hasso Plattner's Reichel/Pugh design Baltic 147 claimed second in Class A, posting one win and finishing no lower than third in the four races contested in variable conditions off the south coast of the Caribbean island.
“It was definitely a good event and we really enjoyed it,” Glenn Astwood, the crewman, said. “We won the first race, were second in the second, third in the third and second in the last race.
“We had variable conditions; it was light the first day and then a little more breeze the second, and then it kind of blew later on in the week.”
The yacht also posted the fastest elapsed time for all of the races on the 22.54-nautical mile offshore course.
“We had the lowest total sailing time for all of the courses, so we basically got around all of the courses the fastest,” said Astwood, who delivered Plattner's superyacht from Bermuda to St Martin in December.
Visione won class honours at last year's Superyacht Challenge Antigua with the same crew.
Claiming Class A honours this year was Nilaya, regarded as one of the most high-performance superyachts for her size, which posted three wins to edge out Visione by three points.
The two yachts could face off again at the St Barths Bucket Regatta next month in the French-owned Caribbean island retreat where the crew of Visione will put their title on the line.
“We are looking forward to St Barths where we won last year for the first time,” Astwood, the former Olympic sailor, said.
“The boat [Nilaya] that beat us in Antigua, we are having a little trouble with. They have been beating us in Sardinia as well, so if they are it's going to be a challenge; they are a force to be reckoned with.”
n The lead designer for the new Super 12 Class says the racing yachts will sail on average one minute per mile faster than the 12-metre yachts that raced in the America's Cup from 1958 to 1987.
The Super 12s will compete annually in the San Francisco Yacht Racing Challenge for the Super 12 Cup beginning in July 2017.
Britt Ward, of Farr Yacht Designs, says target speeds would be nine knots upwind in 20 knots of true wind and 12 knots downwind. They would be 8.5 knots upwind and 9.5 knots downwind in 12 knots.