Day two aboard Northern Child was crew shape up day. Captain Christian put us in a racing mode and even forced us to pick up a hat that went overboard as a man overboard drill. Spinnaker hoists and genoa douses were called for and precision work at each station was required. The breeze really came in nicely and the toe rail was dipped into the deep blue Caribbean water.
Ashore the entire race committee was in high gear. The around Antigua challenge was held today, the official start of the racing schedule. I spoke to Kathy Lammers, head of Antigua Sailing Week, and asked her how this week of racing was shaping up. She gave a succinct reply.
“The events are going well because we have a top notch race organization, we are all sailors and we listen and talk to our fellow racing sailors, we continuously look to improve the week based on that communication.”
Someone not having the best of times, however, is the King of Norway. He was supposed to sail aboard Sojana, a 115ft Green Marine built and Farr designed sloop. Sojana ran over a submerged cable on her way out of the harbor and bent her prop, so she is out of action. Her owner Sir Peter Harrison (who is very active in the local sailing scene) has made other accommodations for the King and his other guests. His partner Jana Zimmerhakl (a woman clearly possessed of beauty and charm) just smiled at it all and told me, “We found other boats for everyone; I think they are on fifteen different ones.”
Saturday night is party night at Nelson’s dockyard, and no one seemed disappointed. The band was extra loud, the BBQ super tasty, and the rum pour copious. The easy mixing between the sailors and locals gave the whole evening a mellow laid back cast. Lots of spirited sailing talk was heard, and several plans were revealed for the next day's race tactics. We will see how those play out in the light of day.
Watch the Antigua Sailing Week video for a taste of sailing around the island.
Read Jonathan's previous posts about his experience at Antigua Sailing Week:
Antigua Sailing Week: Becoming Team
Antigua Sailing Week: Practice Day