All about Impulse
by Frank Gonsalves
Republic Bank’s Impulse has proven its quality once again winning the recent Super Centre J24 Regatta.
The regatta which comprised of three races off Carlisle Bay involved a fleet of eight boats that sailed off under sunny conditions with forecast seas of 1.5 to 2 meters in open waters. Wind conditions varied constantly with direction swings up to 25 degrees at times.
The first race commenced at 2:15 p.m. and was fiercely competed with the expertise and skill of the sailors being put constantly to the test. College Funds under the captaincy of Jason Tindale, the youngest helmsman in the regatta, was first over the finish line. Scotia Bank-sponsored Bunga Bunga with helmsman Rapheal Grasoni took second place and Banks Esperanza with Ian Mayers in charge took third place.
The next two races produced some excellent tactics being demonstrated by the sailors with Republic Bank’s Impulse captained by Neil Burke capturing first place in both races with a commanding lead. The other boats finished mere seconds ahead of each other, with Banks Esperanza second and Williams Industries’ and Hawkeye third n the second race, and Scotia Bank Bunga BungaGlory Daze skippered by Gus Reader, second and third respectively in the third race.
The overall results demonstrated the experience of the more seasoned sailors with Neil Burke aboard Republic Bank Impulse first, Rapheal Grasoni on Scotia Bank Bunga Bunga second and Ian Mayers of Banks Esperanza third.
The next regatta on the sailing calendar is the J24 Open Championship scheduled for tomorrow and Sunday and will be sailed off the Beach House Restaurant. With two days of sailing, any mistakes made on the first day will defiantly have to be rectified on the second and this should produce some outstanding sailing. Viewing of the races can be seen from the beach.