Three Gunboats compete in the Offshore Multihulls fleet at the BVI Spring Regatta, March 26th-April 1st 2018. Remarkably just 6 months following back to back hurricanes that devastated the islands, Nanny Cay and the BVI Spring Regatta organizers – the entire community – was determined the show would go on and pulled off a spectacular event. The Gunboat family reunited to continue their tradition of Caribbean racing and in support of the ongoing recovery of Nanny Cay.
Race Day 1 had the Gunboats stretching their legs and enjoying periodic light air hull flying in the 14 knot NE breeze. Long windward-leeward courses around the islands and cays of the BVI offered some really spectacular mark roundings. Gunboat 62 ELVIS was first to finish in both races with tight competition by Gunboat 60 FLOW who corrected out to first place!
Race Day 2 held lighter conditions with more tactical sailing. The Offshore Multihulls fleet was sent on a long course up to Ginger Island and then a short reaching course finishing right at Nanny Cay!
At the end of race day 2, Gunboat 60 FLOW was leading the fleet with two 1st place finishes on corrected time and Gunboat 62 ELVIS finished first on the water both races, placing in 2nd overall on corrected. Gunboat 60 MOEMENTUM was undoubtedly having the most fun out there. Reports from onboard said the scenic flat water conditions meant they prepared a gourmet lunch in the galley downed with a couple beers. Not to mention, their post-race dock parties with a booming speaker system (23 speakers to be exact) have been on point!
The third and final day of racing saw light and drifty conditions and flat, beautiful blue waters – tactically tricky with opportunities for the back of the fleet to catch up from behind. Again Gunboat 62 ELVIS held onto line honors, and again Gunboat 60 FLOW took the win on corrected time. Congratulations to FLOW for their first overall, and ELVIS for 2nd overall in the Offshore Multihulls fleet!
Off the water as Steve Cucchiaro (Owner of Gunboat 60 FLOW) so accurately put it, the fleet is “much more friendly than competitive to a fault.” Transitioning from fast catamaran racing straight into social mode is a well-loved feature of the class, and sharing performance information and old stories while creating new ones. For the 2nd year in a row, the Gunboat welcome party took place at Peg Legs Beach Bar and Grill, with live music by Oren Davis! Calendars are marked to continue the Gunboat tradition at BVI Spring Regatta March 25th-March 31st, 2019!
Special thanks to:
Event partners HALL SPARS, BVI Painters, and Nanny Cay
Boat Charter by Cy Thompson, Fun Hog Charters
Photos and videos by Roddy Grimes-Graeme / ACQUAFILMS