Today was the second pre-race to the main event of the Antigua Sailing Week, the “Around The Island Race” and I joined Steve on Geoffrey Pidduck's powerboat to run the pin end of the starts. The waves were high enough to make it quite uncomfortable aboard the powerboat since we were rolling about the start buoy most of the time and the occasional wafts of diesel fumes didn't help much at all. But there were few starts and soon the boats were on their way around Antigua and we headed back ashore. The next task was to prepare our committee boat for the week ahead, getting the pole holders set up with cable ties and duct tape on the stanchions and otherwise preparing our boat. Since we'd done this before the tasks went rather quickly and soon the big "C" flag was hoisted to the top of the mast. Steve Parry had to do a briefing for the bareboat fleet at Nelson's Dockyard and I joined him for that, the majority of this year's bareboats seemed to be firmly in German hands thanks to KH&P's diligent efforts. I went back to the boat for a bit and later on went back ashore to see the opening and prize giving ceremonies on the big stage at English Harbour and listen to some of the live music. Our committee boat team returned to our respective homes early, as tomorrow would be our first real work day and we wanted to be as rested as possible.


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Talanta running the start The paint job on this Pogo 40S2, Talanta, certainly makes it look aggressive
(2017-04-29 08:27:06 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.0, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Talanta running the start
El Ocaso at the start line El Ocaso doing a run on the start line before the race
(2017-04-29 08:06:21 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/1000s] ISO 100)
El Ocaso at the start line
Paul Wyeth at the start Time Wright, one of the photographers at the Regatta, at the start line of the Around the Island race in Antigua
(2017-04-29 08:13:52 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.8, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Paul Wyeth at the start
Sapphire III A CNB 76, Sapphire III is running the line at the start of the Around the Island race in Antigua
(2017-04-29 08:11:21 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/1600s] ISO 100)
Sapphire III
Start line for the Around the Island Race The start line is between the orange buoy and the mark below the flagpole on land at Fort Charlotte above the Pillars of Hercules
(2017-04-29 08:23:07 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.0, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Start line for the Around the Island Race
Weddell on the line This is a one-design yacht, but certainly has lots of room for "rail meat"
(2017-04-29 08:35:13 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/1000s] ISO 100)
Weddell on the line
Hans running the engines Hans, the skipper of the other committee boat, runs the engines on the catamaran to charge the batteries
(2017-04-29 12:23:50 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Hans running the engines
Prizegiving for the day's races The first prizegiving at Nelson's Dockyard is for the around the island race
(2017-04-29 19:21:42 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Prizegiving for the day's races
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