UNBELIEVABLE!!! If you know the British Virgin Islands you will appreciate that 4 hours to go around Tortola is EXTREMELY FAST. What a race! This was the first of a series of races that lasts all week. The adrenaline level could not have been higher and lasted from beginning to end. We were competing with Oyster, Tartan and Swan sailboats but the Hanse sailboats stole the podium! With winds varying between 15-20 knots accompanying by a few gusts of nearly 25 knots … Saorsa (Hanse 455) crosses the starting line first, then is quickly overtaken by Avalon Sunset (Hanse 505) a little later, Soul Mate (Hanse 548) caught Saorsa, aboard which we were sailing. We adopted a different racing strategy than We’ll Sea (Hanse 385). As for Valhalla (Hanse 455) she unfortunately did not complete in today’s race. The Round Tortola is very popular as a preparatory race for the official race that will start on Friday with around 100 participants. Wish us luck!
The Hanse 505 Avalon Sunset, owned by Joe Candido and his wife Claudia from Vermont, USA, raced their boat for the first time ever today and were thrilled to take first in the Cruising / Hanse Class.
“What worked for us today was that as a team everyone had a specific role,” Claudia, who helmed, explained. “Once we started, we looked for clear air and just stayed on it. The Hanses’ are very fast, we’re really pleased with the way our boat sailed and today’s wind really helped us. We caught up with the class in front of us and they couldn’t shake us. I taught my husband to sail but he’s done a great job of configuring the boat so it’s fast – we’re really happy!”
#BVISR or Reason No.5 - Why you should keep your Hanse in the Caribbean
This is a special year for us at Hanse Caribbean. Hanse yachts are now a class in the race and for the first time we have a group of Hanse yachts from our VSV Yacht Charter base in Nanny Cay, Tortola that will be participating. This also happens to be the host location and the marina has been busy building a new ‘Regatta Village’ that will be filled with food vendors, live entertainment and a very large bar! It is going to be a spectacular event! Over 60 yachts will be participating and Nanny Cay will be filled with excitement as the sailors make their way to the British Virgin Islands, the most perfect sailing location in the world!
The Hanse Class will include 7 of our owner-loved Hanse charter yachts and we are so excited to be participating! What is owner-loved?? These yachts enjoy limited charter through our parent company, VSV, in Nanny Cay. Their owners enjoy the luxury of keeping their yacht in the BVI’s, knowing they are being extremely well cared for and always kept ready for them to enjoy.
Denis will be at the helm of his new Hanse 548 ‘Soul Mate’ and Richard, Helen & Rob will be crewing on separate yachts. Shirts are being made and the racers are preparing. Stay tuned for more info as the event approaches!
Boat reviews are most often based on a 2-3 hour sea trial and the conclusions must be considered accordingly. In this editorial, George Day at Blue Water Sailing comments after making a North Atlantic crossing aboard a Hanse 505. The conclusions offer more insight than usually found in sailing publications.
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