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April 8, 2002 – St. Thomas's John Holmberg and Bruce White aboard Holmberg's Inter-20, Red Hook Agencies, won the Spinnaker Beach Cat Class at the 31st annual BVI Spring Regatta held over the weekend.
Theirs was the only U.S. Virgin Islands boat to post a class win at the event, the third and final leg of this year's Caribbean Ocean Racing Triangle.
"Good hydration, that's our tactic," Holmberg said afterward. "We make it a habit to go with four liters of water and about as many liters of Gatorade, and keep several energy bars at hand to keep us both well-hydrated and nourished. That's important, because it's really a brain game to stay on top for an hour and a half to two hours and then do that several times a day — especially in light winds."
The diminishing winds proved tactically challenging for the record 114 boats at the Nanny Cay Marina event. Competing in 15 classes were vessels ranging in size from Roy Disney's 75-foot Reichel Pugh, Pyewacket, to 16-foot Hobie beach cats.
On Friday, "We started out with a real nice breeze, and we had a great first race," said St. Thomas's Paul Stoeken, who skippered John Foster's J/27, Magnificent 7. Foster and his son, Johnny, were off-island competing in Olympic-class Star racing in the hope of making another Olympic bid in 2004.
"Unfortunately, the wind started to die and the clouds started coming in, so it got a bit tricky," Stoeken continued. "It went from being the kind of fun where you hang in there and go real fast, to the kind of fun where you're playing a chess game and you've got to pick just the right move to make."
Saturday "was a very difficult day," St. Croix's Tim Pitts, skipper on the J/24 Richards & Ayer Realty, said. "The trick was to find the right side of the course. I definitely think the left side was filling in a little better going upwind, then the right paid off in the end, but there were current issues out there, too. We didn't seem to be exactly in phase with the conditions today, so it was tough."
St. Thomas's Bruce Marshall sailed aboard Tracy and Jackson Roberts' IC-24, Voila, one of eight boats competing in the one-design class for the design developed by St. Thomas's Chris Rosenberg and Morgan Avery. "Light-wind sailing is definitely not the easiest thing to do," Marshall said after Saturday's races. "Anyone can sail with wind. It's when there's no wind and the sails are luffing and everyone gets frustrated that you start concentrating and trying to guess where the next slightest puff of wind is going to come from." Then he added,"But that's what sailing is all about."
In a reverse-replay of the Rolex Regatta a week earlier off St. Thomas, sailing came to a standstill for the final day of racing when any thought of gusts went bust and regatta organizers canceled the competition. Thus, the Day 2 standings were honored at the Sunday evening awards ceremony. With the multi-race format that emphasized class racing, no overall winner was calculated.
C.O.R.T. final rankings
The BVI Spring Regatta is part of two series, the Caribbean Big Boat Series that began with the Sint Maarten Heineken Regatta and will end with Antigua Race Week, and the C.O.R.T., which started with the St. Croix International Regatta, moved on to Puerto Rico's Heineken International Cup and concluded with this weekend's event.
In the overall C.O.R.T. standings, again one boat from the territory made it into the top spot: St. Croix's Scott Stanton aboard his family's J/24, Jersey Devil, racing in the all-J/24 class.
Bob Phillips, BVI regatta chair, said, "I think the efforts we've made over the last five to six years have been in the quality of racing, and we now have a number of sailors coming specifically for our event. Of course, being part of two other series also draws boats, and we're looking to expand on both of these."
He added, "Maybe I'm letting the cat out of the bag a bit early, but we're also looking to add one more series next year that we're trying to put together with another club. Hopefully there will be more to come."
With the growing popularity of the IC-24 boat design, the idea has been advanced that area yacht clubs might join forces for a series just for that class.
BVI Spring Regatta results
Big Boat Racing
1. Pyewacket, Roy Disney, USA
2. Titan, Tom Hill, Puerto Rico
3. Equation, Bill Alcott, USA
Big Boat Racer-Cruiser
1. Spirit of Diana, Ross Daniel, UK
2. Orfeo, Bob Sass, USA
3. Chica Boba 2000, Andreani Paolo, Italy
Racing I
1. Strabo, Martin Fisher, USA
2. Lolita, Kate Mardel, USA
3. Noonmark VI, Mike Gilbert, UK
Racing II
1. Red Fever, Gilberto Lopez, Puerto Rico
2. Mermaid II, Bill Berardelli, USA/BVI
3. Twisted Lizard, Mike Lathrope, USA
Racing III
1. Lost Horizon II, James Dobbs, Antigua
2. Jersey Devil, Scott Stanton, St. Croix
3. Sorceress, Morgan Dale, St. Croix
Melges 24
1. Orion, Efrian Lugo, Puerto Rico
2. 2 Contact Carib, Frits Bus, Sint Maarten
3. Crew Clothing
1. No Expectations, Geoff Miles, USA
2. HIHO, Robbie Hirst, BVI
3. Red Dog, Mike Williams, St. Thomas
1. Pipedream, Peter Haycraft, BVI
2. Cold Beer III, John Schultheiss, BVI
3. Boomorang, Pat Nolan, BVI
1. Wildflower, Ron Noonan, USA/BVI
2. Jahazi, J/120, Barney Crook, USA
3. Keep It Simple, Trudie and Jerry Ficks, BVI
Jib & Main
1. Second Nature, Bill Bailey, BVI
2. Tikitas, James Bridgewater, BVI
3. Carriacou, Christopher Lloyd, BVI
Bareboat I
1. Sam McGee, Metcalf Crump, USA
2. Lofoten I, Kenneth Powell, BVI
3. Woof, Kevin Scotcher, BVI
Bareboat II
1. The Phantom, Roger Doyle, USA
2. Something Hot, Marieke Poulie, The Netherlands
3. Mickey Mouse, Peter Howe, UK
1. Triple Jack, Geoff Cooke, UK
2. Kikikat, Al Leon, USA
3. Patouche, Joe Standish, BVI
Beach Cat Spinnaker
1. Red Hook Agencies, John Holmberg, St. Thomas
2. Suzuki Tornado, Enrique Figueroa, Puerto Rico
3. Century 21, Terry Jackson, St. Thomas
Beach Cat Non-Spinnaker
1. HF Mortgage Bankers, Ibrahim Mustafa, Puerto Rico
2. Blame It On Rhea, Mark Chong, St. Thomas3. Scat, Brian Ostrader, BVI
2002 C.O.R.T. Series results
Racer Cruiser
1. Pipedream, Peter Haycraft, BVI
2. Hullabulloo, Phillip Allen, UK
3. Cold Beer III, John Schultheiss, BVI
Melges 24
1. Orion, Efrian Lugo, Puerto Rico
2. Crew Clothing, Peter Tarn, BVI
3. 2 Contact Carib, Frits Bus, Sint Maarten
1. Jersey Devil, Scott Stanton, St. Croix
2. Don Q Cristal, Michael Serralles, Puerto Rico
Beach Cats
1. Suzuki Tornado, Enrique Figueroa, Puerto Rico
2. Century 21, Terry Jackson, St. Thomas
Racing 1
1. Mermaid II, Bill Berardelli, USA/BVI
2. Red Fever, Gilberto Lopez, Puerto Rico
Racing 2
1. Lost Horizon, James Dobbs, Antigua
2. Willy T, Kevin Rowlette, BVI
3. Magnificent 7, John Foster, St. Thomas

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