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20 March 2017
All Tied Up In The Bucket But Hanuman Win

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Hanuman won the record six strong J Class at the Saint Barths Bucket, the first regatta of a milestone J Class 2017 season, but the outcome could not have been closer. Victory in the final race of the event, the 21 mile clockwise passage around St Barthelemy, means they finished the five race series with an identical, facsimile set of scores to Velsheda, but win on tie break. Ironically the popular showcase Caribbean regatta finished on the same note is started. On Thursday Velsheda and Hanuman finished Race 1 tied on exactly the same corrected time. Over the next three More...

19 March 2017
Hanuman Escape to Victory on Not So Wiggly 26 miler

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Hanuman won the 26 mile Race 4 for the six boat J Class at the St Barths Bucket to increase the pressure on regatta leaders Velsheda, but skipper-helm Ken Read paid tribute to the top team Velsheda which leads into the final day by three points, believing they now need a final day slip up in Velsheda’s excellent consistency for the Hanuman team to have a chance of winning 2017’s first J Class regatta. “We need a break now. ” Read conceded, “Velsheda need to make another couple of mistakes. They are going very well. ”. After the strict discipline More...

18 March 2017
Velsheda's Winning Hat Trick on Saint Barths. Saint Patrick's Day Learning for Shamrock

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Winning their third race in a row for the J Class at the 30th Saint Barth’s Bucket Velsheda have extended their overall lead at the top of the class leaderboard to four points. The famous navy blue hulled J Class yacht may have lead at every mark during Thursday’s opening windward-leeward races, but the team which is lead by tactician Tom Dodson used their guile and cunning today and good upwind speed to capitalise when race leader Lionheart could no longer get to the preferred gate mark, so earning their third winning gun on the water, saving their time on More...

17 March 2017
Dream Start For Velsheda, Winners of the Kings Hundred Guinea Cup

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Velsheda made the best start to what promises to be a landmark season for the J Class when they opened the 30th edition of the Caribbean’s St Barth’s Bucket by winning both windward-leeward races and so lifting the Kings Hundred Guinea Cup from the record fleet of six J Class yachts. It is the second time that Velsheda has won the trophy, (one of) the J Class’s most prestigious annual prizes. In 2015 in Falmouth when they last triumphed there were just three boats racing. In the brisk 16-20kts E’ly breeze Velsheda – which won here last year – nailed More...

16 March 2017
Race Day Beckons for J Class at Saint Barths Bucket

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Final Prep Complete North Sails Series Trophy. The record breaking J Class fleet enjoyed a blustery final warm up today on the waters off Saint Barths, each ensuring they are in the best possible shape for the historic 2017 season’s opening skirmish, the 30th St Barths Bucket. Racing begins Thursday with two windward-leeward contests for the six boat fleet, the first warning signal at 1100hrs (local time, 1600hrs UTC ). Conditions for the final practice session were 16-20kts of brisk E’ly trade very similar to what is forecast for the two days of windward-leeward racing, Thursday and Friday. Each of More...