Peg Legs Round Tortola Race Results
- November 23rd, 2010
- in Yachting
Triple Jack, skippered by George Lane, and Jack Dusty III, skippered by Bill Hirst, won the Racing and Cruising classes respectively in this year’s Peg Legs Round Tortola Race, sponsored by Nanny Cay.
The weather forecast turned out to be accurate, with winds blowing to 20 knots and a big swell on the North side of Tortola. This led to several retirements and various incidents of minor damage to boats, making for a challenging and exciting race. The conditions also meant that the race record and overall record time were never in jeopardy, but the fastest boat still managed it in less than 4 hours.
Triple Jack, winner of the 2010 Round Tortola Race. Photo courtesy of Nanny Cay.
In the Racing class, holders Triple Jack retained the Trophy, but only by one minute on corrected time using the CSA handicap system. Second place went to Igoodia skippered by Milt Baehr and Mark Plaxton, with third place and leading monohull going to Kevin Rowlette on Rushin’ Rowlette.
In the Crusing class, only two yachts completed the course – winners Jack Dusty III, and Rascal skippered by Adrian Sinton. In this class, Diva lost the top part of her mast and was forced to retire. Seeing them in difficulties, Wildfire with John Hayes at the helm went to their assistance. This compromised Wildfire’s race resulting in their retirement as well. Owing to this selfless act that was in the true spirit of sailing, Wildfire was awarded third place in Crusing Class.
Prizes were awarded to the top three boats in each class, including generous prizes donated by Nanny Cay Hotel and Marina. First place boats also received bottles of Veuve Clicquot champagne provided by Caribbean Cellars. Triple Jack also received the Trophy for overall Round Tortola Race winners.
The organisers, Royal BVI Yacht Club, were very pleased with this year’s increased turnout for the event and can see there is an upward trend in sailing participation across the BVI. They are hopeful that this will continue and look forward to welcoming entrants to the last race of 2010, the Commodore’s Cup, which will also be followed by a dinner and prizes for best boats and helms of 2010. 2011 membership applications are also now being taken, with forms available online at www.royalbyiyc.org.
The Royal BVI Yacht Club would like to thank all sponsors and volunteers who helped make this year’s Peg Legs Round Tortola Race such a success, including:
Nanny Cay Hotel and Marina – for prizes, after-race party and their substantial donation to the Club’s sailing programmes
Caribbean Cellars – for their Veuve Clicquot champagne proizes
Sue-Ellyn Eldridge for providing her boat as committee boat and volunteering as Principal Race Officer
Jane Metcalf, Diane Kirk and Richard Wooldridge for assisting as race committee and setting marks