The Fascinating Story Behind L.A.’s Oldest (and Only) Floating Restaurant

How a wooden barge from Mutiny on the Bounty was transformed into a chowder house

From: Los Angeles Magazine

Have you ever seen the 1935 film Mutiny on the Bounty?

It’s okay. I haven’t either. But from Wikipedia I learned it was a critically beloved swashbuckling adventure starring Clark Gable (just look at those screenshots!), considered “one of the biggest hits of its time” and filmed in such exotic locales as French Polynesian, Catalina Island and Culver City. Its most iconic scenes were shot aboard the Commodore IIa four-masted schooner that would, a decade later, end up smashed to bits against a reef during a squall off the Cape Town coast. The film itself would be remade twice, once in 1962 starring Marlon Brando, and again in 1984 with Mel Gibson. I would assume Hollywood executives are weighing its reboot potential at this exact moment.

These details are mostly unimportant, except for one. During filming of the 1935 original, a large wooden barge was constructed to act as a support vessel, used to hold cameras and other movie-making equipment. After the film was completed, the barge was docked in Long Beach and mostly forgotten, enjoying brief stints as a Catalina Island shuttle, a houseboat, a brothel (allegedly), a machine shop, and finally and most importantly, as a restaurant specializing in thick, creamy Boston-style clam chowder.

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2017 CONGRESSIONAL CUP LINEUP PROMISES ACTION AND EXCITEMENT, MARCH 27 TO APRIL 2

January 10 2017 LONG BEACH, CA – – The 53rd Congressional Cup regatta promises a bounty of action and excitement, with the preliminary announcement of three-quarters of the teams; including seven of the world’s top 10 match racing skippers.

With such top-heavy competition, this five-day series – a Championship Event on the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) – is guaranteed to be another nail-biter when it takes place in the waters of Long Beach, California, March 27 to April 2, 2017.

Returning to defend his Congressional Cup Championship title is three-time winner Taylor Canfield, ISV (ranked no.1 by World Sailing), who will vie to match Peter Holmberg’s record of four Congressional Cup victories (1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002). Leading the opposition is Phil Robertson, NZL (no. 4) – who edged out Canfield in last year’s WMRT finals to capture the 2106 World Match Racing Champion title.

Other past Congressional Cup winners on the leaderboard include 2011 and 2012 victor Ian Williams, GBR (no. 2), and Johnie Berntsson, SWE (no. 37), who triumphed in 2009. Sam Gilmour, AUS (no. 3), Eric Monnin, SUI (no. 9) and Nicolai Sehested, DEN (no. 23) also join the line-up, along with Chris Steele, NZL (no. 6) who is carrying a WMRT Tour Card for the first time.

Steele scrapped his way into Congressional Cup history via the Ficker Cup qualifier in 2015; earning a wild-card entry in 2016. “We have been chasing the Tour Card for several seasons now and have been falling short every time, so we are super happy to have it for the 2017 season,” Steele announced.

Making his Congressional Cup debut is another rising star from the land down under, Harry Price, AUS (no. 5), who scored his slot by winning the 2016 US Grand Slam – a bracing quartet of back-to-back match racing regattas held last summer. The final contenders will be decided in the Ficker Cup qualifier, held in the days leading up to Congressional Cup.

The Congressional Cup is regarded the ‘granddaddy of match racing’ as Long Beach Yacht Club (LBYC) innovated the game of match racing in 1965 and was a pioneer in on-the-water umpiring. This venerable regatta is the second event in the seven-stop WMRT global series, which commences in Australia in March and concludes in China in November.

While other WMRT Championship Events are raced in M32 multihulls, the Congressional Cup is challenged in a fleet of identical 37-foot Catalina sloops designed specifically for LBYC’s match racing series; which guarantee an even platform and exciting competition. Gilmour, who finished third last year, described it as, “some of the most exciting racing I’ve ever done,” and lauded LBYC for both the high level of racing, and hospitality.

The Congressional Cup is hosted by LBYC, renowned for its outstanding hospitality and organization, utilizing the talents and energy of more than 300 member volunteers annually. Since 1965 the world’s top ranked skippers have come here to compete for the esteemed Congressional Cup and the Crimson Blazer – an honor bestowed to sailing icons like Dennis Conner, Dean Barker, Ken Read, Ted Turner, Taylor Canfield and more.

Racing is held directly off the city’s Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, where spectators can view this world class competition for free, beginning around 11AM each day. For more information on Congressional Cup visit www.thecongressionalcup.com; go to www.wmrt.com for details on the Tour.

Foiling Moth takes line honours and establishes new record at Mount Gay Round Barbados Race – Light but thrilling 60nm sprint around Barbados

Bridgetown, Barbados (21 January, 2017): Andy Budgen sailing his Mach 2 foiling International Moth Nano Project completed the 60nm Mount Gay Round Barbados Race at a record pace of 4 hours, 23 minutes, 18 seconds, to established the Absolute Foiling Monohull record. He also broke his own personal record time from a few years ago when he sailed his VO70 Monster Project into the record books for the Absolute Monohull Record.

 

Andy Budgen established the new Foiling Monohull record in his International Moth.

Chatting as he stepped ashore after a testing day on the water, a delighted Budgen commented: “It wasn’t as bad as I thought, and actually I think the conditions were pretty ideal all round for a foiling Moth, and I am extremely happy to have achieved what I set out to do. I tried to pace myself and not put too much into it early on to conserve energy. It took about an hour and a half to get up to the North Point.

“It was a bit choppy by the time I got to the East Point, which had its challenges. The wind then dropped off and it was getting to the point it was getting marginal for me. There is also a reef there, which I didn’t notice until I’d gone inside it! Coming down the east side was lovely. I had a couple of capsizes when I started thinking about something else for a moment, but it only took about an hour and a quarter to get back down from the East Point in 10kts of breeze, which was perfect for foiling, so all in all a really nice day out.”

Andreas Berg wins his weight in Mount Gay Rum for breaking the Singlehanded record.

There was only one Absolute record broken this year (the Singlehanded Monohull record) and that went to Andreas Berg from Germany, aboard his Dufour 44 Luna. Berg managed to sail at a consistent speed and complete the course in 8 hours, 7 minutes, 31 seconds, trimming an impressive 1 hour, 39 minutes and 11 seconds off the previous record.

Berg commented: “I am thrilled to have come all the way from Germany for the first time, sailed solo around Barbados and won my weight in rum – a healthy 88 kilos of it. The wind was fairly light so that suited the boat well and I didn’t mess it up. I did think about hoisting the spinnaker but I decided, as I was sailing solo, I wouldn’t take the risk. I am happy but exhausted because I had to concentrate solidly for eight hours. I had, however, prepared well and had a good stock of refreshments, at arm’s length, within the cockpit.”

The only other new record to be established was the Multihull Doublehanded. This went to Bryn Palmer – commodore of the Barbados Cruising Club – and Evan Walker on the RC30 catamaran Silver Bullet. “We had a great sail and we are particularly pleased to have established a new division for record breaking opportunities in the multihull class. In general it has been a fantastic regatta for Silver Bullet because we’ve broken nothing.”

The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race – the headline event of the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series – organised by Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, and Mount Gay always attracts crowds of spectators and this year was no exception. With the foiling Moth, the three-masted 65m schooner Adix, and last year’s record-breaking MOD70 MS Barbados Concise10, plus a host of other world class racers challenging, it was particularly special for the thousands who turned out to watch the race unfold.

The MOD70 Ms Barbados Concise10, in full flight

The wind was generally light from the east-north-east, reaching no more that 12-15kts so it was never going to be a big record breaking day but those who took part raced hard for a chance to smash one of the 14 records up for grabs, all of which offered a chance to win the skipper’s weight in Mount Gay Rum.

The beautiful 65m schooner – Adix – wins the Classic class.

The fleet included a good mix of yachts ranging from Classics including Matt Barker’s Alfred Mylne-designed The Blue Peter that won CSA Cruising class in the Coastal Series, and Adix, the imposing 65m three-masted schooner, to the foiling International Moth and a couple of windsurfers including Trevor Charles Hunte – current windsurfing record holder – on his Phantom Batwing 377.

The boat that made her name when she wowed the crowds last year with her impressive speed round Barbados – Tony Lawson’s MOD70 MS Barbados Concise10, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield – picked up where she left off last year. Although the wind didn’t quite match the big numbers of last year when they broke the record, Collier Wakefield and his seasoned world-class crew performed well once again. They were 39 minutes short of last year’s record-breaking time but were pleased with their performance nevertheless.

Lawson, chatting about the race said: “We had a great sail and the team worked well but we only had a maximum wind strength of about 15kts or so, which was really enough to make an impact today. I think our top boat speed was about 35kts. We had a bit of a problem with one of our halyard locks so that cost us a few minutes but we weren’t going to break any records, it’s as simple as that. One of the most interesting things we saw today, off North Point, was the amount of spectators and cars; there must have been 500 cars in the car park, which is quite amazing.”

Meanwhile the local J/24 sailors Cyril Lecrenay on Bunga Bunga, and Gus Reader on Glory Daze enjoyed close racing at the head of the fleet, despite the extremely light airs at the 0700 start. As they rounded the top of the Island three hours into the race, they were still neck and neck and reveling in the breeze that had built to 10-12kts. A close race continued down the east coast but it was Glory Daze that finally took the One-Design Division win. Winner of the CSA Division was Barker’s The Blue Peter, while the beautiful 65m schooner Adix, probably the biggest head turner on the course today, finished in 6 hours, 45 minutes, which was over half an hour short of the Classic Division record.

The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series gala prize giving party and dinner to mark the end of the 2017 event, takes place tomorrow evening at the Beach House on the west coast of the island.

For results and times of today’s Mount Gay Round Barbados Race click here.

 

 

Report written by Sue Pelling

Photo credits – Peter Marshall/MGRBR

About the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series

Early years
The first recorded race round Barbados was in 1936 when five trading schooners (Sea Fox, Mona Marie, Marion B Wolfe, Lucille Smith and Rhode Island) took up the challenge. Sea Fox (Captain Lou Kenedy) was the overall winner with a time of 10 hours 20 minutes.

The original race was based upon bragging rights for the fastest Trading Schooner. In an era where prices for cargo arriving ahead of rival ships commanded a massive premium, this was a lucrative race for captains.

The consolation prize of a barrel of Mount Gay Rum for the slowest yacht was discontinued several years later following the discovery that some competitors purposely stalled and remained out at sea for days to ensure they won the prize.

Current

In 2012 The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race expanded to incorporate the Two Restaurants Race, which meant racing took place over two days. The idea proved such a success, it was decided to expand the event further in 2014, in line with most other Caribbean regattas, and run a series of coastal, round-the-buoy races including the Two Restaurants Race, and The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race. The 265-mile Ocean Race from Barbados to Antigua at the end of the regatta was specifically designed to tie in with the start of the Superyacht Challenge in Antigua.

Further event information

Event contact including charter enquiries: 
alene@barbadoscruisingclub.org

Event website:
 http://mountgayrumroundbarbadosrace.com

Mount Gay Round Barbados Series Coastal Series Finale – Series concludes after another glorious day on the racecourse

Bridgetown, Barbados (19 January, 2017): The final day of the Coastal Series at the 81st Mount Gay Round Barbados Regatta, organised by Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, and Mount Gay, concluded in spectacular style today with sunshine, a good working breeze up to 17-18kts, and a relatively flat sea. The 15nm course took the fleet out to the west, followed by a long windward leg to Oistins, not far off South Point.

 

The Austrian team on Godspeed lead the pack in CSA Racing soon after the start

The conditions made for a particularly exciting conclusion to the Series with results in some classes going down to the wire. Notably the Multihull class between Silver Bullet sailed by Bryn Palmer (Barbados Cruising Club commodore), and Concise 12 (Diam 24) – Jack Trigger, Oliver Mellor, John Hunter-Hamilton, and Victoria Akhurst had one win apiece, going into the final, so it was all to play for today.

 CUMULATIVE RESULTS

 

Trigger said: “We are happy, and have really enjoyed the competition over the last three days. We were fairly evenly matched in today’s conditions. We had quite a commanding position off the line but screwed up the lay line at the windward mark and had to do a cheeky double tack, which didn’t help us. However, the bottom reach to Trader was really nice for us because we just held the gennaker and managed to catch Silver Bullet. Once the breeze stabilized and increased up to 17-18kts we got ahead.”

 

Andy Budgen on Nano Project.

Peter Lewis and his seasoned local team aboard Whistler (J/105), also clinched the series today with three straight wins. This super-tuned team demonstrated their impressive kite handling skills once again today so it wasn’t particularly surprising to see them take overall honours. Their closest rivals throughout the series were Doug Innes and team on Palpatine – Stormforce Coaching (Stimson 42), who finished second overall, and Clint Brooks and the local team on Conviction (TP52), who noticeably improved as the series progressed. Today they sailed well as a team and took second place, which left them one point behind Palpatine – Stormforce Coaching, and in third place overall.

 

Brooks commented: “Really pleased with how the team has gelled this week so we are happy with the results. It was a great warm up for the team in preparation to Saturday’s Round Barbados Race, which is what we are all here for.”

 

Another group of locals to make their mark on Coastal Series for the second year in a row, with three straight wins was Mark Hiorns and Priscilla Richardson and team on Tropic Bird (Hunter 35) in Non CSA class. Today they worked hard in the shifty conditions and beat fellow local sailor Bruce Robinson and team on Mandy (Hunter 29.5) on corrected time. A second place for Mandy today, lifted them to second place overall in the Series.

 

Concise 12, winner of the Multihull class.

Interestingly Calvin Piggott and team on Paddington (J/24) sailed a storming first beat and led round the windward mark. With clear air, this team looked set to challenge for the win in the early stages but sailed a long way out to the right on first reach and were overhauled. They did however, manage to beat Jonathan Gittens on Shangri La(Morgan 41) who had an unusually bad day, finishing in fourth place and third overall.

 

Commenting on their win Tropic Bird’s skipper and helmsman/owner – Mark Hiorns and Priscilla Richardson – said: “The secret of our success was our new, reconditioned sails and a decent jib. We were able to point so much better, which made a big difference. Most of all though, our success was down to our fabulous crew; good, local professional sailors, who know us well and know the boat. Tactically, today we headed offshore on a good lift on the beat towards Oistins, while the others in the fleet stayed further inshore. I think that is what paid off for us today.”

 

The Alfred Mylne classic – The Blue Peter.

With two wins already in the bag, it was no particular surprise to see Matt Barker’s Alfred Mylne 65 The Blue Peter claiming the overall series with another win. This left Mike Krimholtz and team on Dragon Magic (Dufour 385) in second place overall. As he stepped ashore this afternoon, Barker said: “We had another fabulous day on the water with absolutely cracking conditions, and the team loved it. We’ve had the same crew here for the last four years, so I imagine we’ll be back next year for more.”

 

Andy Budgen and his zippy little foiling Moth Nano Project seen flying around Carlisle Bay this week, finished the series in fine style with another win from class-mate, and local windsurfing hero Charles Trevor Hunte. Budgen who recorded a top speed today of 24.5kts, commented on today’s race: “It was fairly flat sea state, which favoured me and a fairly constant breeze of 15-20kt, but winning is very condition dependent. The best bit was the last, long reach when I sailed above 20kts all the way down towards the finish. It was quite amazing.”

 

Tropic Bird winner of Non CSA class.

Following the Round Barbados Race Skippers’ Briefing this evening, teams are now enjoying tonight’s party at Copacabana Beach Bar, just along the beach from Barbados Cruising Club. With a planned lay day tomorrow, crews have a chance to recuperate before the lay day Regatta Polo Match, which is taking place in the afternoon at Holders Polo Field, St James.

 

Palpatine – Stormforce Coaching.

The 60nm Mount Gay Round Barbados Race is taking place on Saturday 21 January. There will be a staggered start commencing at 0700. For further information and details on how to enter click here or contact Alene, the Event Manager, at alene@barbadoscruisingclub.org.

Report written by Sue Pelling.

Photo credits – Peter Marshall/MGRBR

About the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series

Early years
The first recorded race round Barbados was in 1936 when five trading schooners (Sea Fox, Mona Marie, Marion B Wolfe, Lucille Smith and Rhode Island) took up the challenge. Sea Fox (Captain Lou Kenedy) was the overall winner with a time of 10 hours 20 minutes.

The original race was based upon bragging rights for the fastest Trading Schooner. In an era where prices for cargo arriving ahead of rival ships commanded a massive premium, this was a lucrative race for captains.

The consolation prize of a barrel of Mount Gay Rum for the slowest yacht was discontinued several years later following the discovery that some competitors purposely stalled and remained out at sea for days to ensure they won the prize.

Current

In 2012 The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race expanded to incorporate the Two Restaurants Race, which meant racing took place over two days. The idea proved such a success, it was decided to expand the event further in 2014, in line with most other Caribbean regattas, and run a series of coastal, round-the-buoy races including the Two Restaurants Race, and The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race. The 265-mile Ocean Race from Barbados to Antigua at the end of the regatta was specifically designed to tie in with the start of the Superyacht Challenge in Antigua.

Further event information

Event contact including charter enquiries: 
alene@barbadoscruisingclub.org

Event website:
 http://mountgayrumroundbarbadosrace.com

 

Event journalist: Sue Pellinghttp://suepelling-journalist.com

 

Schedule of events: http://www.mountgayrumroundbarbadosrace.com/index.php/2013-11-08-03-59-34

Facebook: 
http://www.facebook.com/MountGayRumRoundBarbadosRace
Twitter: http://twitter.com/MGRRBR

Competition heats up at Mount Gay Round Barbados Series

Race two of the Coastal Series produces spectacular competition

Photo Credit Peter Marshall/MGRBR

Bridgetown, Barbados (18 January, 2017): The second day of the Mount Gay Round Barbados Coastal Series organised by Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, and Mount Gay, produced spectacular competition once again. Although it was an unusually damp day with rain squalls passing through for most of the race, the wind built under the clouds to 15-16kts, which made for really exciting racing along the west coast of the island.

According to Steven Kern tactician aboard Whistler (J/105), winner of today’s CSA Racing division, this week is one of the most competitive he has experienced in the event’s recent history. “The starts and the close racing throughout have been fantastic. It has been consistently competitive, which is what we love.”

Photo Credit Peter Marshall/MGRBR

Kern, sailing with skipper Peter Lewis and team, who are seasoned Caribbean circuit sailors, added today’s win to their race win yesterday and are now looking good for an overall Coastal Series win. They say their secret weapon this week is a new flat spinnaker.

“The new spinnaker worked beautifully going up the west coast. It is a smaller spinnaker we can fly for longer. I think we also managed to stay focused even when we dropped up the coast. The wind dropped to less than 2kts at one stage off Holetown, but we popped the kite and gained a lot.”

Cumulative Results

 

The local team on Conviction (TP52) also sailed well today but had to settle for second place in CSA Racing. Clint Brooks, skipper, said the team sailed well and had better boat speed. “I think the key to our success was getting back close inshore after rounding the top mark off Holetown. Instead of heading on a straight course to the next mark, we went hard back inshore because the wind was in the north, built our angles, hoisted the kite and took off. That’s where we gained a lot.”

Photo Credit Peter Marshall/MGRBR

The big shift off the start kept the tacticians on their toes and made for a fairly crowded committee boat end start. From there on in, it seemed to pay to play the shifts up the right-hand side of first beat and those with local knowledge including Mark Hioens and team on Tropic Bird (Hunter 35) in Non CSA class, sailed well once again to lead at the first windward mark. This team, who won their class yesterday, has been enjoying a close series with fellow local sailor Jonathan Gittens on Shangri La (Morgan 41). Both have sailed impressively and are now in first and second respectively with one race to go.

It was a repeat performance in CSA Cruising with Matt Barker’s stunning Alfred Mylne 65 The Blue Peter from the UK taking his second win of the series following a good race against local sailor Mike Krimholtz and team on Dragon Magic (Dufour 385) who took second.

The shifty, changeable winds, made for an exciting race between the two super-fast multihulls – Silver Bullet sailed by Bryn Palmer (Barbados Cruising Club commodore), and Concise 12 (Diam 24) – Jack Trigger, Oliver Mellor, John Hunter-Hamilton, and Victoria Akhurst. It was a game of constant change in this fleet, with Team Concise 12finally taking control of the race in the closing stages and scoring their first win from Team Silver Bullet. It is now 1-1 with all to play for in tomorrow’s final race of the Coastal Series.

Andy Budgen on his foiling Moth Nano Project stormed round the 22-mile course but was unable to hold off Charles Trevor Hunte – Round Barbados record holder – on his windsurfer. Hunte sailed consistently in the inconsistent wind and beat Budgen on corrected time. With one race to go, the pressure for the overall win in this class is also at boiling point.

Photo Credit Peter Marshall/MGRBR

Tonight competitors, guests, families and friends are enjoying warm Bajan hospitality at the ultimate Red Cap Mount Gay Rum party at the home of Mount Gay Rum – the nearby distilleries at Brandons.

Looking ahead to final race in the three-race Coastal Series (17-19 January), the forecast is for slightly less wind from a similar east-north-east direction, which means it could be tactical day on the race course.

For further information and details on how to enter click here or contact Alene, the Event Manager, at  alene@barbadoscruisingclub.org.

Report written by Sue Pelling.


About the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series

Early years
The first recorded race round Barbados was in 1936 when five trading schooners (Sea Fox, Mona Marie, Marion B Wolfe, Lucille Smith and Rhode Island) took up the challenge. Sea Fox (Captain Lou Kenedy) was the overall winner with a time of 10 hours 20 minutes.

The original race was based upon bragging rights for the fastest Trading Schooner. In an era where prices for cargo arriving ahead of rival ships commanded a massive premium, this was a lucrative race for captains.

 

The consolation prize of a barrel of Mount Gay Rum for the slowest yacht was discontinued several years later following the discovery that some competitors purposely stalled and remained out at sea for days to ensure they won the prize.

Current

In 2012 The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race expanded to incorporate the Two Restaurants Race, which meant racing took place over two days. The idea proved such a success, it was decided to expand the event further in 2014, in line with most other Caribbean regattas, and run a series of coastal, round-the-buoy races including the Two Restaurants Race, and The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race. The 265-mile Ocean Race from Barbados to Antigua at the end of the regatta was specifically designed to tie in with the start of the Superyacht Challenge in Antigua.

Mount Gay Round Barbados Series lives up to reputation – Stunning conditions for Coastal Series opening race

Bridgetown, Barbados (17 January, 2016): The Mount Gay Round Barbados Series organised by Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, and Mount Gay got off to a spectacular start today with the first race of the three-day Coastal Series blessed with glorious sailing conditions.

 Day 1 Cumulative Results

A good 17-20kts of north-easterly breeze and relatively flat seas resulted in exciting close racing for the five fleets, which ranged from Windsurfers and Foiling International Moths, Cruising classes, to the CSA Racing class.

Today’s courses, which all started in Carlisle Bay took the fleets generally out to the south-east, round South Point to Tapas, a mark just off the beach up the east coast. The relatively short opening blast was just the right length, although those on the most physically demanding boats such as Andy Budgen on his foiling Moth Nano Project, and Charles Trevor Hunte on his windsurfer did confess to feeling somewhat fatigued.

 

Photo credits – Peter Marshall/MGRBR

Commenting as he stepped ashore after his first race win, Budgen said: “The second half was actually quite bumpy, which meant it was extremely demanding. I started to feel tired half an hour in, and consequently had a few splashes. It has however, made me realise I definitely need a support boat for the Round Barbados Race on Saturday because it is going to be tough.”

Charles Trevor Hunt on his Phantom Batwing Windsurfer, who broke the Round Barbados record last year was beaten by Budgen today. He said it was a great opportunity to iron out all the kinks: “I bust two foot straps… I know it sounds a bit like ‘the dog eat my homework’ and I hate to blame the dogs but I think they have chewed through my foot straps. Apart from the foot strap issue, the board is working well, but I am a little rusty so I am guessing by Saturday I’ll be either dead or ready.”

Photo credits – Peter Marshall/MGRBR

The CSA Racing Division, the largest fleet in the Coastal Series, also enjoyed exciting racing along the south coast.  Local hotshot Peter Lewis, and team on Whistler (J/105) sailed well and managed to clinch the opening race from Stormforce Racing’s Palpatine (Stimson IRC 42) on corrected time.

Having corrected their navigational error when they missed out a mark, Peter Steinkogler and his Austrian team on Godspeed (X41), worked well in the second half of the race to make up enough time to finish third overall.

The Non CSA class was noted today, for its impressive performance particularly aboard Jonathan Gittens’ yacht Shangri La (Morgan 41). This team was first off the start line and led by over a minute at the first mark of the course. They continued to sail smart throughout the race, but Mark Hioens and team on the USA registered boat Tropic Bird (Hunter 35) also sailed a good course and clinched the win on corrected time by six minutes.

Today’s opening race in the Multihull class lived up to its close race expectations with Bryn Palmer on Silver Bullet battling it out with Jack Trigger, Oliver Mellor, John Hunter-Hamilton, and Victoria Akhurst on  Concise 12 (Diam 24). The pair was neck and neck for the majority of the race but Team Concise suffered with poor boatspeed in the closing stages of the race, which gave Palmer (Barbados Cruising Club Commodore) and team on Silver Bullet the opportunity to take the first win of the series.

Commenting on their issue with boatspeed, Trigger from Concise 12, explained: “We actually didn’t realise the problem until we pulled the boat ashore and discovered there was about half a tank full of water, which didn’t help our race result, but at least we knew what the problem was. We think it is the seal on the aft hatch, which is a bit annoying. We did, however, really enjoy the close racing with Silver Bullet and I think we are well matched in today’s conditions, so we’re looking forward to getting out there again tomorrow.”

CSA Cruising class also served up close racing today with Matt Barker’s pretty Alfred Mylne 65 The Blue Peter from the UK enjoying a race long battle with local sailor Mike Krimholtz and team on Dragon Magic (Dufour 385).

Although The Blue Peter suffered gear problems when the tack of her jib blew out on the third leg, she recovered well and her team – Barker, Kate Moore (first mate), and a bunch of lads, mainly from Derby – clinched the overall win. Barker commented:  “The gear failure slowed us down a bit because we put a jury rig in place to get us back on track. It was however, glorious with a lot of north in the wind, which will be nice for the round Barbados race.

Barker a regular at this regatta, commenting on what attracts him to the regatta concluded: “The conditions here in Barbados are fantastic for racing with flat water and usually a pretty good breeze, which makes for exciting yet manageable racing. As well as being a wonderful island, the people who run the Cruising Club and the organisers in general always make us feel very welcome.”

Looking ahead to the second race in the three-race Coastal Series (17-19 January), the forecast is for similar conditions as today, possibly a bit lighter from the east-north-east.

As the racing progresses in the Coastal Series, more and more yachts are making their way to Bridgetown in preparation for Saturday’s Mount Gay Round Barbados Race, including Adix, the stunning Arthur Holgate 65m classic, which is currently en-route from St Martin.

For further information and details on how to enter click here or contact Alene, the Event Manager, at  alene@barbadoscruisingclub.org.

 

Report written by Sue Pelling.

About the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series

Early years
The first recorded race round Barbados was in 1936 when five trading schooners (Sea Fox, Mona Marie, Marion B Wolfe, Lucille Smith and Rhode Island) took up the challenge. Sea Fox (Captain Lou Kenedy) was the overall winner with a time of 10 hours 20 minutes.

The original race was based upon bragging rights for the fastest Trading Schooner. In an era where prices for cargo arriving ahead of rival ships commanded a massive premium, this was a lucrative race for captains.

 

The consolation prize of a barrel of Mount Gay Rum for the slowest yacht was discontinued several years later following the discovery that some competitors purposely stalled and remained out at sea for days to ensure they won the prize.

Current

In 2012 The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race expanded to incorporate the Two Restaurants Race, which meant racing took place over two days. The idea proved such a success, it was decided to expand the event further in 2014, in line with most other Caribbean regattas, and run a series of coastal, round-the-buoy races including the Two Restaurants Race, and The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race. The 265-mile Ocean Race from Barbados to Antigua at the end of the regatta was specifically designed to tie in with the start of the Superyacht Challenge in Antigua.

Further event information

Event contact including charter enquiries: 
alene@barbadoscruisingclub.org

Event website:
 http://mountgayrumroundbarbadosrace.com

 

Event journalist: Sue Pellinghttp://suepelling-journalist.com

Schedule of events: http://www.mountgayrumroundbarbadosrace.com/index.php/2013-11-08-03-59-34

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MountGayRumRoundBarbadosRace
Twitter: http://twitter.com/MGRRBR

SoCal Weekend Wrap Up

January 7-8, 2017

The weekend saw extremely light and variable conditions for events hosted in SoCal.  Some racing was attempted but the conditions were basically un-sailable.

Rose Bowl Regatta – ISSA          Gold      Silver     Bronze

Rose Bowl Regatta – ICSA

Malibu and Return Race – DRYC

CA Dreamin’ Series #1 – SDYC

Saturday Sailor Series – SlBYC

Two Gates Pursuit Race – LBYC

Sailors for the Sea: Meet Our West Coast Youth Ambassador – SoCal’s Ryan Schack

Thank you Ryan, for all you do!

From Sailors for the Sea:

Ryan Schack is a senior from Long Beach, CA who’s trying to make a difference in his community. As a competitive and award-winning sailor, Ryan is passionate about ocean health issues. He’s promoting our Clean Regattas program in southern California to help restore the beaches to their polluted-free origins. Ryan is working improve environmental awareness amongst his peers by speaking about ocean health issues at junior sailing regattas at Los Angeles and Long Beach yacht clubs. Ryan hopes to be able to influence his own and future generations to take a more proactive approach when dealing with pollution in our oceans. We snagged Ryan for a few minutes between school and sailing practice to find out why ocean conservation is where he chooses to volunteer his time.

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SoCal’s Drew Freides Crowned 2016 Melges 20 World Ranking Champion

From Melges20.com:  Earlier this month, the International Melges 20 Class Association (IM20CA) brought its 2016 World Ranking challenge to a dramatic end in Miami. At the conclusion of fifteen memorable events that took place all across Europe, North America and Asia, California’s Drew Freides’ Pacific Yankee has won the highly coveted title of 2016 World Ranking Champion.

A win at the Melges Rocks Regatta back in March, two overall podium finishes during the European racing Series over the summer (Talamone and Riva del Garda), a second-place finish at Worlds, and another big win at the first event of the 2016/17 Miami Winter Series has awarded him the World Ranking Trophy for the very first time ever.

At last victory is sweet for Freides as it was not until the end of the season that he and his team of tactician Morgan Reeser and Charlie Smythe on bow, pulled ahead of 2016 European Series Ranking Champion Alessandro Rombelli on STIG to win the overall. A huge congratulations also goes out to fellow Californian and long-time Melges 20 Class stalwart, Daniel Thielman aboard Kuai as he is 2016 North American Ranking Champion.

Other notable teams that have had an impeccable year sailing the Melges 20 that made the top five rankings include Russia’s Igor Rytov’s Russian Bogatyrs, Guido Miani’s Out of Reach, reigning World Champion Michael Illbruck on Pinta, Richard Davies’ Section 16, North American Champ Justin Quigg’s Character 2.0, Rob Wilber on Cinghiale and Jim Wilson’s Oleander.

Above and beyond the individual results, the 2016 World Ranking has rewarded the entire International fleet with record numbers: a full 12-months of one design sportboat racing, 15 top-notch events around the world, and 113 participating teams representing 18 nationalities (Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Monaco, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

The IM20CA is now firmly looking forward to 2017 with great anticipation as it will make a debut in a new event format called the Melges World League. View a complete list of 2017 Melges 20 Events online at melges20.com.

2016 MELGES 20 WORLD RANKING OVERALL, TOP TEN RESULTS (FINAL — After Fifteen Events)
1.) Drew Freides, Pacific Yankee = 111 pts.
2.) Alessandro Rombelli, STIG = 107 pts.
3.) Igor Rytov, Russian Bogatyrs = 97 pts.
4.) Guido Miani, Out of Reach = 96 pts.
5.) Liam Kilroy, Wildman; 92 pts.
6.) Michael Illbruck, Pinta = 90 pts.
7.) Rob Wilber, Cinghiale = 79 pts.
8.) Richard Davies, Section 16 = 78 pts.
9.) Alexandr Ezhkov, Pirogovo Sailing = 76 pts.
10.) Dario Levi, Fremito d’Arja; 76 pts.
View the 2016 Melges 20 World Ranking

2016 MELGES 20 EUROPEAN RANKING, TOP FIVE RESULTS (FINAL – After Fifteen Events)
1.) Alessandro Rombelli, STIG = 107 pts.
2.) Guido Miani, Out of Reach = 96 pts.
3.) Michael Illbruck, Pinta = 90 pts.
4.) Igor Rytov, Russian Bogatyrs = 82 pts.
5.) Richard Davis, Section 16 = 78 pts.
View the 2016 Melges 20 European Ranking

2016 MELGES 20 NORTH AMERICAN RANKING, TOP FIVE RESULTS (FINAL – After Fifteen Events)
1.) Daniel Thielman, Kuai = 73 pts.
2.) Justin Quigg, Character 2.0 = 69 pts.
3.) Rob Wilber, Cinghiale = 58 pts.
4.) Drew Freides, Pacific Yankee = 56 pts.
5.) James Wilson, Oleander = 54 pts.
View the 2016 Melges 20 North American Ranking

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