Antigua Sailing Week 2014 Pictures


While May Day is a holiday in many countries, it was Race Day 4 here in Antigua and the conditions remained close to perfect for racing. The sea state had changed little and the winds were a bit lighter, but still sufficiently strong to make for a good set of races.
Once again, our committee boat functioned smoothly and the racers, accustomed to their boats and the local conditions by now, were a bit more aggressive on the start line and even our tail-end boats were doing much better in keeping up with the pack.
During our waiting period between the last start and the first finisher one of the big boys came by, the ICAP Leopard. I got out the camera and took some shots of it as it zoomed by us as if we were standing still (which we were...) and noticed that one of the crew members waving looked very much like Tayne. I took a shot or two of Tayne's evil twin and didn't mention the resemblance to anyone aboard because they would think that I was crazier than they already did. Then, somewhat later, the conversation turned to the ICAP Leopard and someone mentioned that Stephen and Tayne from Katzenellenbogen had been aboard that boat that day and that is probably why they had come close to us on the committee boat. I felt somewhat better that my imagination hadn't been playing up with me, and it turned out that I was the only one aboard who hadn't known about those two illustrious temporary crew members (I'd gotten a coffee upstairs that morning and that is when they'd come past and told of their plans for the day).

Close hauled and close These racers are close together while close hauled and going upwind.
(2014-05-01 10:34:20 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Close hauled and close
Paul on the VHF Paul's friendly and welcoming voice on the VHF made things easier on the contestants.
(2014-05-01 10:35:19 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Paul on the VHF
Zenyatta coming through Zenyatta coming through the fleet as she comes in to finish.
(2014-05-01 12:12:10 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/800s] ISO 200)
Zenyatta coming through
Stephen, Tayne and Michaela waving The 3 racers aboard the Volvo Open 70 "ICAP Leopard"
(2014-05-01 12:58:52 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/500s] ISO 200)
Stephen, Tayne and Michaela waving
Stephen and Tayne on ICAP Leopard Stephen and Tayne in their smart crew outfits as they pass us on ICAP Leopard.
(2014-05-01 12:59:14 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/640s] ISO 200)
Stephen and Tayne on ICAP Leopard
Fast downwind finish Fast downwind finish
(2014-05-01 13:44:51 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/400s] ISO 200)
Fast downwind finish
Katzenellenbogen docking The Committee A boat coming in.
(2014-05-01 15:10:48 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/500s] ISO 200)
Katzenellenbogen docking
Live Rock and Roll music These guys were really good and played a good mix of Rock & Roll, blues and oldies with only a sprinkling of Reggae and no Soca.
(2014-05-01 17:47:53 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/250s] ISO 200)
Live Rock and Roll music
Pretty Spinnakers Two close finishers under Spinnaker coming to the finish line
(2014-05-01 13:31:53 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/1000s] ISO 200)
Pretty Spinnakers
Katzencelebration Katzencelebration
(2014-05-01 17:52:26 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/250s] ISO 200)
Katzencelebration
   
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