Day One BVI Spring Regatta on TP52 Team Varg
The action was fast and furious, especially in CSA Racing 1 on the SOL Course, with several boats surfing at well over 20 knots of boat speed. For the first race in CSA Racing 1, Steve & Heidi Benjamin’s HP40, Spookie port tacked the fleet at the pin end and eventually won the race after time correction. Spookie was also victorious in the second race, a technical windward leeward course. However, TP52 Team Varg/Conviction, skippered by Ola Hox was the winner of the third and final race of the day. Spookie leads the class by a single point from Team Varg / Conviction. The Trinidad team racing Mark Chapman’s Kerr 11.3, Dingo had a solid day to take third place after three races.
“That was a lot of fun, we hit 22 knots of boat speed on one surf – a wet and wild day,” smiled Spookie’s owner/driver, Steve Benjamin. “For the first start, we spotted a wind shift towards Tortola due to a squall and we wanted the pin because of that. The second race, we sailed well, the boat was constantly at polar speed but in the last race, we managed to snag a fish-pot which cost us time. Conviction was impressive today, the guys had great boat speed and handled the conditions well.”
TP52 Team Varg/Conviction, skippered by Ola Hox was the winner of the third and finalrace of the day © Todd VanSickle/BVI BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival