‘Cheers’ takes 12 mile banks and back race

| 02/03/2014

(CISC):Unusually calm conditions saw six boats on the start line for the annual 12 Mile Banks and Back race to produce some very exciting racing and close finishes.The light easterly winds saw boats fly their spinnakers all the way to the banks before heading back to shore with a tricky beat ending at Sunset House. As the boats headed home the lead changed four times as wind shifts and the off shore currents turned the race into a tactical contest. Onlookers enjoyed an exciting sunset finish as the four leading boats finished the 29mile race within 12 minutes of each other. Having overshot the mark at the Banks to slip into 4th “Cheers” skippered by Pete Bridge, sailed a brilliant windward leg to win the coveted Harbour House Marina trophy.

Rob Hutchison’s “Shanti” had led the race for a while but had to make do with second place. Alan Roffey’s “Resolution” just managed to take third place on time.

The race back to North Sound on Sunday was a slower affair as boats struggled against the current and light headwinds around North West Point. “Cheers” continued their new found form by winning that race too.

Cayman Islands Sailing Club’s Cruiser Rep Rob Hutchison was pleased with the standard of racing. “Well done to all the crews finishing both races, the first time for a while.  We hope to see even more of the cruiser fleet out for the Round the Island Race at Easter as this year it is the 50th anniversary of the top cruising event in Cayman. If anyone else wants to come out before then the next cruiser race is 8th March.”

If you would like to enter for any cruisers race, contact Rick Caley at admin@sailing.ky

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