Saturday, March 22, 2014

Gunboats Enjoy Heineken Regatta!

Gunboat chief- Peter Johnstone- at Heineken Regatta(Simpson Bay, St Maarten)- Peter Johnstone was recently sailing on-board his old Gunboat 62 TRIBE in the St Maarten Heineken Regatta.  As described by the event, “there was plenty of hair-raising excitement in the multihull divisions, including Multihull 1, a.k.a. the “Gunboat class.” Five ballistic Gunboats hit the line almost in unison for the start of the round-the-island race. Gunboat 62 TRIBE won the start by inches, but Gunboat 62 ELVIS controlled the fleet heading into Pelican Bay and came out on top at the turning mark. But the lead was short lived. Elvis’ spinnaker failed to deploy properly and Coco de Mer took full advantage, passed Elvis to leeward. Gunboat 62 Elvis sailing upwindElvis fought back and just got inside Coco de Mer at the Long Bay mark and into clear air. Shortly rounding Tintamarre, Elvis unfurled their screecher and took off like a scalded cat, hitting 27.7 knots of boat speed. Elvis finished the 32-mile race in 2h, 44m, 22s to take line honors. The two Gunboat 66s, Slim and Coco de Mer had a photo finish for second place. Coco de Mer took the line just three seconds ahead of Slim.  Needless to say, Peter J is having fun sailing “bicycles” instead of “tricycles” (trimarans) or unicycles (monohulls).  The regatta put together a nice “drone video” of the event with some great footage of Heineken CSA class winners J/125 STARK RAVING MAD and J/122 EL OCASO and Pete’s Gunboat division.  Check out this St Maarten Heineken Regatta “drone sailing video” (BTW, very cool, very well done).