Bacardi – Day 1

Nassau, Bahamas, March 9, 2017. Two races completed. Tomorrow is the last day of the Bacardi (3rd and last race), followed by 1 race for the Dudley Gamblin.

(Photo courtesy of Karin Goodfellow)

1. CUB Raul Miguel Diaz Herrera & Carlos Esposito Rodriguez, 2

2. BAH Robert Dunkley & Eldon Goodfellow, 5

3. BAH Jimmie Lowe & Tyler McSweeney, 7

Report by Nikki Bruno

Sixteen boats representing five countries are here at the Bacardi/Gamblin Regatta hosted at the Royal Nassau Sailing Club in the beautiful Bahamas.

While the typical big breeze was around the days leading up to the regatta, it faded into a perfect medium-breeze for the first day. Due to the spring tide, the usual race schedule that involves a morning race, break for lunch, then an afternoon race had to be modified because it was too shallow to even put the boats in the water!

Nassau, Bahamas, March 9, 2017. Two races completed. Tomorrow is the last day of the Bacardi (3rd and last race), followed by 1 race for the Dudley Gamblin.

(Photo courtesy of Karin Goodfellow)

1. CUB Raul Miguel Diaz Herrera & Carlos Esposito Rodriguez, 2

2. BAH Robert Dunkley & Eldon Goodfellow, 5

3. BAH Jimmie Lowe & Tyler McSweeney, 7

Report by Nikki Bruno

Sixteen boats representing five countries are here at the Bacardi/Gamblin Regatta hosted at the Royal Nassau Sailing Club in the beautiful Bahamas.

While the typical big breeze was around the days leading up to the regatta, it faded into a perfect medium-breeze for the first day. Due to the spring tide, the usual race schedule that involves a morning race, break for lunch, then an afternoon race had to be modified because it was too shallow to even put the boats in the water!

 

Around 1pm the tide had finally come up enough for launch. It was a bit of a squeeze as we only had floating docks to work with – Hurricane Matthew had blown all the permanent docks to bits this past fall.

Two five-leg W races were sailed, each about an hour long.

Race 1 started off with a steady 10kts of breeze, the shallow Montagu bay was white capping just a bit. The eastern breeze sent waves straight into the bay, making for some amazing downwind surfing conditions! Skipper Raul Herrera of Cuba led the way, followed by Bahamian skippers Jimmie Lowe and Robert Dunkley in second and third place.

By Race 2 the breeze had calmed down to about 7kts, but there was still plenty of chop to manage. Finishing in first again was Raul, followed by Robert, and in third place was Steve Tautz of Colorado.

In the evening, generous libations were provided by Bacardi, and the club fed us Bahamian-style finger foods, including their famous conch fritters.

 

Place Sail Number Sailor(s) Boat Name/Club R1 R2 Total Net
1

CUB 29518

Raul Miguel Diaz Herrera

Carlos Esposito Rodriguez

Havana

1 1 2 2
2

BAH 30360

Robert Dunkley

Eldon/Goodfellow

RNSC

3 2 5 5
3

BAH 28811

Jimmie Lowe

Tyler McSweeney

RNSC

2 5 7 7
4

USA 30568

Steve Tautz

Peggy Tautz

Bow Mar YC

4 3 7 7
5

BAH 29410

Spencer Cartwright

Lori Lowe

RNSC

5 4 9 9
6

BAH 29210

Paul DeSouza

Cochise Burrows

RNSC

6 6 12 12
7

BAH 29616

Fernando DeCardenas

Hope

RNSC

7 11 18 18
8

FIN 30833

Hanna Leena Lehtinen

Juha Lehtinen

Finland

8 12 20 20
9

USA 31188

Mike Slouka

Robin Jackson

Bow Mar YC

11 9 20 20
10

USA 31157

Martin Bebb

Nikki Bruno

Oklahoma/Dallas Fleet #1

14 7 21 21
11

USA 31244

Eliot Payson

Alice Bush

Bow Mar YC

9 13 22 22
12

BAH 30511

Max Wassitsch

Peter Bruce Wassitsch

RNSC

15 8 23 23
13

CAN 30111

Christopher Hains

Barb

Canada

13 10 23 23
14

USA 29323

Robin Baker

Dave Baker

Miami

10 14 24 24
15

USA 29963

Phillips

Smith

USA

12 15 27 27
16

USA 28450

Steve Kurtz

Hoyes

Bow Mar YC

16 16 32 32

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