Peter Harrison’s 115ft Farr breaks her own record by 45 minutes in 80-mile Round Redonda Race. Sojana managed a time of 7 hours, 9 minutes and 58 seconds.
With America’s Cup legend Peter Holmberg on the helm, and a crew made up of highly respected professionals including British record breaking yachtsman Brian Thompson.
A forecast of light to moderate winds didn’t bode particularly well for this big offshore race but thankfully the breeze continued to build all day making for some of the most spectacular racing seen so far this week in Antigua with winds reaching 24 kts on the return leg.
The 0900 start got off on a 11 kts breeze from the east. Irish sailor Adrian Lee and his international team aboard the Cookson 50 Lee Overlay Partners – winner of the Racing Division of this opening race in the Antigua Ocean Series, the Guadeloupe Race last Friday – were Team Sojana’s biggest threat today. They were straight on Sojana’s tail right from the start and were keen to keep pressure on all the way down the 40-mile run to the island. However, in the constantly building breeze, the big powerful Farr, sporting newly developed 3Di sails being tested by Andrew Dove and his team, lifted her skirts in style and enjoyed a spectacular sleigh ride all the way to the rock, managing to shake off the threatening Cookson 50.
When Sojana crossed the finish line Cookson 50 were nowhere to be seen on the horizon, and the situation for an overall win for Sojana looked fairly hopeful. Lee Overlay Partners came in an hour and 33 minutes later, which, on corrected time wasn’t quite enough to break Sojana’s clean sweep of: line honours, new record, and an overall win.
Meanwhile back on shore for Antigua Sailing Week lay day, hundreds of competitors teamed up for the watersport action in the dockyard throughout the day. The lay day party continued as the sun set over Falmouth Harbour, concluding another successful day at Antigua Sailing Week.