Open regatta praised by competitors
The annual First Citizens Investment Services’ J24 Open Regatta is one the most competitive sailing events in the southern Caribbean.
This was the assessment of young St Lucian captain Frederick Sweeney after he and the crew of Bad Attitude, all in their 20s, finished third in the event last weekend off Holetown, St James.
The St Lucians pipped Republic Bank Impulse on the count-back system after both finished eight races with 27 points.
“It was really competitive out there and we enjoyed it. It was also well organised and Barbados is a good test for J24 racing,” said Sweeney.
Crews from Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados also took part in the event which attracted 11 yachts.
The 2014 west coast First Citizens Investment Services regatta was the seventh of nine J24 events being contested this season and was dominated by champions Williams Industries HawkEye and second-placed ScotiaBank Bunga Bunga.
HawkEye won by 18 points, one better than the new look Bunga Bunga, now being skippered by Charlie Gloumeau.
“It was a very well organised and competitive event and you had to be consistent. We have been able to pick-up the pace in our last two regattas and we are hoping to get even better in the remaining events of the season,” said HawkEye skipper Robert Povey.
The win for HawkEye, the defending J24 national champions, marked a return to form after they struggled earlier in the season.
They will be hard-pressed to defend the championship, in what should be a keen tussle with other front-runners Banks Esperanza and Impulse in the final two regattas of the season.
Those remaining regattas will be the Lucky Horseshoe event in late June and the usually competitive Harris Paints regatta in early July. (BB)