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!”