Six yachts are expected to finish the 2019 Antigua Bermuda Race today, Monday 13 May. Afansay Isaev’s Grand Mistral 80 Maxi Weddell (RUS) is expected to finish around midday taking second place in Line Honours, but Weddell will be outside the IRC corrected time set by SHK Scallywag.
Three yachts are in a thrilling battle to win the Warrior Trophy for the best elapsed time after IRC Correction. Pata Negra (GBR) skippered by Andy Liss, Peter Grueterich's Xpatriate (USA) and Kevin McLaughlin's Rye (USA) are all in contention with 114 miles or less to go.
At 0900 AST, Pata Negra was 83 miles from the finish and leading under IRC. Xpatriate has been really catching Pata Negra over the last 24 hours, cutting an eight hour lead down to just over one hour. Xpatriate was 114 miles from the finish and second in IRC. Rye was 93 miles from the St David's Lighthouse and estimated to be just over two hours behind Pata Negra after IRC time correction.
“We are a crew that has been sailing together on various boats for many years,” commented Peter Grueterich, skipper of Xpatriate. “We know each other very well and get along great. We trust each other and have great respect for one another. When we finally got the seaweed off the rudder the boat sails pretty fast! Xpatriate is not in its lightest form as we are bringing lots of cruising stuff with us to our home port in Riverside, Connecticut, but we picked a good course on the left side of the rhumb line and stuck with it. We also have a good set of complementary skills across all watches which makes it so much easier. We are really looking forward to Bermuda. To enjoy rum , ice cold beers and a great dinner at my favourite pub, and of course stick our feet in the pink sands!!”
The 10 yachts still racing on the sixth day of the Antigua Bermuda Race are experiencing super downwind conditions with warm air and ocean and bright sunshine. Atlantic Rollers will be providing a sleigh ride towards Bermuda. However, there are still some holes in the breeze and with the overall win hanging in the balance, avoiding the light patches will be crucial to the competing teams.
2019 Antigua Bermuda Race - Day Five
Supermaxi SHK Scallywag (HKG), skippered by David Witt, crossed the finish line outside St David's Lighthouse, Bermuda just before 10pm local time on Saturday 11 May, taking Line Honours in the 2019 Antigua Bermuda Race in an elapsed time of 3 days 08 hours 54 mins 21 seconds.
Antigua Bermuda Race Chairman, Les Crane gave the Scallywag's a warm welcome, motoring out to meet the boat before their finish, and was on hand to provide the Goslings Dark 'n Stormys after the 17 Scallywag crew cleared customs.
SHK Scallywag crew: Skipper David Witt, Anemike Bes, Harry Bethwaite, Tom Clout, James Crampton, Nick Crones, Ferdinand Galetta, Kris Mark Galetta, Alex Gough, Phil Harmer, Jack Macartney, Matt Pearce, Ben Piggott, Trystan Seal, Miles Seddon, Lindsey Stead and Charlie Wyatt.
Scallywag was outside the record set last year by Stephen Murray Jr.'s Volvo 70 Warrior (2 days, 18 hours, 32 minutes and 48 seconds). SHK Scallywag's Australian skipper David Witt spoke about the 935 mile race dockside at the Customs House, shortly after finishing.
Supermaxi SHK Scallywag (HKG) is expected to finish the Antigua Bermuda Race tonight, Saturday 11 May. Lombard 46 Pata Negra (GBR) leads the fleet after IRC time correction. Alfred Mylne ketch Mariella (ANT) leads the CSA Cruising Class. All yachts racing in the 935 nautical mile race are experiencing fast-reaching conditions towards Bermuda.
At 0700 AST Saturday 11 May, all competitors in the Antigua Bermuda Race have passed through the area of light winds and are experiencing fantastic reaching conditions, speeding their progress to the finish line off St David’s Lighthouse, Bermuda. SHK Scallywag, skippered by David Witt, leads the fleet. Scallywag has 140 miles to go with an expected finish time around dusk tonight. SHK Scallywag will be outside the race record, but the mood on board is still upbeat, as navigator Miles Seddon reports via satellite link:
“We are bouncing along at 15 knots, tight reaching towards Bermuda, expecting to be off the finish line around 5pm local time on Saturday. After a slow and painful time ghosting along through very light winds, we are now through and into the nor' easterly winds and pointing directly at the finish line. It has become a little cooler, which means it’s much easier to sleep below deck now. We are all looking forward to Bermuda!”
In the race for Line Honours, SHK Scallywag is 124 miles ahead of Afansay Isaev Maxi Weddell (RUS), which is 365 miles from the finish. Gilles Barbot's Volvo 60 Esprit de Corps IV (CAN) has found great breeze to the east of the fleet and is third on the water with 375 miles to go.
2019 Antigua Bermuda Race - Day Three
The 2019 Antigua Bermuda Race entered a new phase on the second night (Thursday 9th May) of the 935 mile race to Bermuda. The international fleet encountered a pressure ridge over a thousand miles wide, right across the race course. Race leader, Supermaxi SHK Scallywag (HKG) came to a grinding halt and watched the rest of the fleet close the gap until they too lost the breeze. Scallywag's tactic of sailing almost 175 miles west of the rhumb line looked to work in their favour as the easterly going ocean current did at least work in their favour. However, during the night, it was snakes and ladders as one boat after another lost or gained in the patchy breeze. Behind the leader, teams are still using their own strategies to maximise performance and get through the light air and make it to the fresh breeze north.
At 1400 AST on Day Three, SKH Scallywag was back in the breeze, making 15 knots of boat speed, with 400 miles to go to the finish. Afansay Isaev Maxi Weddell (RUS) was approximately 100 miles behind the leader. The chasing pack were enjoying tight racing with only 18 miles of separation between the next five boats: Esprit de Corps IV (CAN), Pata Negra (GBR), Maremosso (GER), Challenger (CAN), Raucous (SUI).