Antigua Sailing Week 2016

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I volunteered again this year and got to drive Committee Boat “B” around and park her as well. Stephen has been promoted to be the “B” fleet race officer (for those who want to know, the “B” is short for Better) and the team aboard the boat is comprised of the following:

Person Role Description
Stephen P. The Boss Race Officer, responsible for ensuring that the racers have a good time while having fair races.
Angela P. (same P.) The Metronome Timer, keeping the starts going fluidly and making sure we all do our assigned tasks at the right time.
David P. (different P.) The Roadie Responsible for our sounds and lights, plus roles such as mooring and ensuring that our dinghy remains attached to the boat.
Clare C. The Factotum & Sous-Chef Apart from preparing some fantastic meals aboard, Clare was responsible for laying the start and finish lines, spotting and doing the finishes, she took care of emergency flag procurances to boot.
Caroline & Tim d.G. The Signallers Responsible for all of the flag signals - a vital task that needs to go smoothly and they made it seem simple and easy.
Pam F. The Scribe Ensuring that any and all events aboard are written to protocol, plus noting the correct scores and entering/relaying them in near-real-time for all to see.
Irene M. The Foil An experienced international race officer, she worked with Stephen to get the courses set to satisfaction and was our backstop in case we made any mistakes. She volunteered to be deposited onto the pin boat (with an all-male crew...) for the race starts to ensure that we could watch both ends for anyone crossing early.
Myself The Skipper À la Gilligan's Island, I had to ensure that we navigated the long 1NM ocean passage to our moorings without hitting expensive hardware or getting lost; plus I got to chatter on the VHF whenever Stephen was otherwise occupied.

Most of the crew aboard the boat had already worked together before, and even on the first race of the first day there was little to no confusion and we never once had to delay proceedings due to problems aboard; we only had one postponement all week, and that was because a sudden wind shift of 15+ degrees forced us to reset the start line at short notice. I think the only raised voice all week was mine, when I shouted “expletive deleted” as I watched our flags go overboard after we'd been hit with a very powerful one-two punch by waves coming at us from the side on Thursday; although Clare should have raised her voice since she managed to prevent the full cooler from denting the deck of our catamaran by cleverly putting her foot between the two!
I hope that the racers appreciate how much care and attention and deliberation went into the selection of their race courses. I got the aviation and detailed weather from various sources and relayed it Stephen and Irene and Clare (although Clare has sources of her own and vast local knowledge) and then the experts measured the conditions and went in camera to choose the course. Once the white smoke came from the cabin we knew that a course had been decided upon and relayed it to the racers. While there are a lot of numbered courses in the Sailing Instructions, the prevailing SE wind made almost all of them impractical to sail and most of the week's events were made-up new courses or modified existing ones.
We had no collisions amongst our competitors, although we did have one dramatic equipment failure on the start line when Augustine lost their rig about 1 boat length from the line - fortunately there were no injuries. Several sails did not survive the races and I'm certain that we saw the odd prone and green-tinged sailor on deck at the finish but all in all it was a fun and successful week.
While I brought my camera aboard with an assortment of lenses, I was busier this year than in the past and kept my photography to a minimum; so instead of different pages for the various days and racing boats in our fleet, I'm dumping all of the pictures that I took onto this page:
Mega-Mega yachts at the docks They look impressive from far away, but once next to them I realize how truly HUGE they are!
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Mega-Mega yachts at the docks
My old lock I'd parked in a reserved part of the dinghy dock, and the dive operation cut my lock so that they could go alongside. Oh well, I have a spare lock.
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My old lock
Posing after cutting my lock This gent, and his associates, had just cut my dinghy lock as I'd been blocking access to their part of the dock. I wasn't too worried, but wish that they'd put up a sign to distinguish their section.
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Posing after cutting my lock
Volunteer Meeting The initial volunteer meeting for the crews of Committee Boats A and B
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Volunteer Meeting
Start Mark One of the orange start buoys waiting to be deployed
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Start Mark
Registration is open The first day of registration, before the rush
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Registration is open
Sailing week flags The flags are flying in preparation for the races
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Sailing week flags
Falmouth notice board The notice board at Breezeway in Falmouth Harbour has everything from wanted ads to fliers for concerts and gigs
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Falmouth notice board
Mansion on the hill This mansion was only being bulldozed last year, and I gather it was finished so quickly because the owner imported all of the labour from off-island.
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Mansion on the hill
Finishers from Guadeloupe Cayenne to the finish line after racing from Deshaies on Guadeloupe
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Finishers from Guadeloupe
Dou Reve 3 - Committee Boat B Our committee boat being prepared
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Dou Reve 3 - Committee Boat B
Registration desk The registrations are starting to come in this morning
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Registration desk
Conviction at the line Conviction at the round-the-island race start line
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Conviction at the line
on deck racing on deck racing
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on deck racing
Finistere at the start Finistere at the start
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Finistere at the start
Loitering around the start These competitors are waiting for the right moment to start their runs on the start line
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Loitering around the start
Green Dragon starting Green Dragon starting
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Green Dragon starting
Girlsforsail.com at the start First day of racing and the first start
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Girlsforsail.com at the start
CSA 7 class started 5 of the starters of the CSA 7 class on the first day shortly after the start
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CSA 7 class started
Committee B beverages Our cooler is full of tasty beverages for the races; the alcoholic ones come after the race is finished.
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Committee B beverages
Bootyfish finishing Happy crew aboard BootyFish
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Bootyfish finishing
Coming in for a finish Coming in for a finish
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Coming in for a finish
Bow 33 finishing Bow 33 finishing
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Bow 33 finishing
Two close finishers Two close finishers
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Two close finishers
Approaching the finish line Approaching the finish line and just about to tack
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Approaching the finish line
HatseFlatse finishing HatseFlatse finishing
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HatseFlatse finishing
Hugo finishing day 1 Hugo finishing day 1
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Hugo finishing day 1
Summerwind finishing Summerwind finishing
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Summerwind finishing
Splashing to a finish Splashing to a finish
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Splashing to a finish
Crossing the first finish line Crossing the first finish line
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Crossing the first finish line
Girlsforsail finishing Girlsforsail finishing
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Girlsforsail finishing
Voilactus finishing Voilactus finishing
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Voilactus finishing
Shirley Heights view Looking down onto English and Falmouth harbours from Shirley Heights
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Shirley Heights view
Augustine runnin the start line Augustine on the start line, doing a practice run before the race is to start
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Augustine runnin the start line
Getting ready to start Clare, Angela and David about to start the class
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Getting ready to start
CSA 7 approaching the start line This was a good and close start to the day's racing, with most of the competitors close to the line at the start
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CSA 7 approaching the start line
Flags at the start The orange flag signifies the opposite end of the start (the orange buoy is hidden behind the Blue/White flag), the Blue-White is is the warning flag and the Blue/Blue one is the class flag
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Flags at the start
Bareboats on the start line The fleet of bareboats racing up to the start line
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Bareboats on the start line
Clare and Stephen observing Clare and Stephen are watching the start line to make sure that nobody goes past it before the official race starts
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Clare and Stephen observing
Bareboats starting Note the pin end committee boat running to the line; we observe our end but they are much closer to the action and will call out any early starters
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Bareboats starting
Cricket and Jig Saw doing downwind The final downwind leg of the race took the competitors past our committee boat before they turned the final mark and returned to finish
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Cricket and Jig Saw doing downwind
Girlsforsail and Jig Saw finishing Girlsforsail and Jig Saw finishing
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Girlsforsail and Jig Saw finishing
Hats off to the committee boat Hats off to the committee boat
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Hats off to the committee boat
3 close finishes 3 close finishes
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3 close finishes
Bow 73 finishing Bow 73 finishing
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Bow 73 finishing
Helen and Linda relaxing After the day's action it is time to enjoy some rum and unwind
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Helen and Linda relaxing
KH&P checking results The KH&P Group from Germany had a mini-prizegiving daily in addition to the formal one.
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KH&P checking results
Reggae on stage Reggae on stage
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Reggae on stage
Flags on the start line The Green/Green class flag, the attention and the orange start line flag
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Flags on the start line
Close start line This race had some competitors very close to the line
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Close start line
Off to the races Two of our boats zipping past the start line on Day 3 of the Antigua Sailing Week 2016
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Off to the races
Approching the start line Two competitors coming up behind our committee boat prior to the start
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Approching the start line
Flags flying Class and attention flags plus the orange start line flag
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Flags flying
Passing the start Passing the start
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Passing the start
Preparing the flags Preparing the flags
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Preparing the flags
Spread out competitors The boats in this class were well-spread on the start line
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Spread out competitors
Bow 26 starting Bow 26 starting
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Bow 26 starting
One-Class design start One-Class design start
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One-Class design start
Getting the hang of it Angela has managed to turn the board around and is returning to the boat after a trip around the anchorage
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Getting the hang of it
Crystal waters at Green Island Crystal waters at Green Island
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Crystal waters at Green Island
Paddleboarding at Green Island Angela getting the feel of the paddle board in the protected anchorage at Green Island
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Paddleboarding at Green Island
Green Island anchorage We anchored in 10 feet of water close in to shore at Green Island. Here David is swimming around the boat.
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Green Island anchorage
Rib-eye and T-Bone steaks I'd marinated the steaks and frozen them weeks before, now it was time for them to show their stuff
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Rib-eye and T-Bone steaks
Relaxing in the cockpit David, Irene, Angela, Steve and myself relaxing in the cockpit at Green Island on Lay Day
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Relaxing in the cockpit
Stephen and Irene setting a course Stephen with his high-tech wind measuring stick and Irene with the clipboard are checking the conditions prior to setting the day's race course
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Stephen and Irene setting a course
Lunch break aboard Caroline, Tim, Angela and David taking a lunch break prior to the competitors returning to finish the last race
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Lunch break aboard
Pam at work Pam crunching the numbers so that the live feed to the scoreboard can be fed with the results as quickly as possible.
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Pam at work
Hugo finishing first Hugo crossing the finish line, in first place, for the last time this race and securing the overall 1st place for the whole week
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Hugo finishing first
Intrepid photographer It isn't easy to drive a small dinghy in the seas we had while still managing to take great photos
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Intrepid photographer
Girlsforsail approaching the finish Girlsforsail approaching the finish
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Girlsforsail approaching the finish
BWI magic coming to the line BWI magic coming to the line
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BWI magic coming to the line
Clare and David about to finish Jig Saw Jig Saw is coming to the final finish line and Clare is spotting while David is making the appropriate sound signals.
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Clare and David about to finish Jig Saw
Volare and 209 at the finish Volare and 209 at the finish
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Volare and 209 at the finish
Relaxing between the finishers arriving We relax during a lull in the action; ready to jump to attention when the next finisher arrives.
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Relaxing between the finishers arriving
Hatse Flatse coming to finish Hatse Flatse coming to finish
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Hatse Flatse coming to finish
Bow 215 arriving About to cross the finish line for the final time this race, Bow 215 has a good turn of speed
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Bow 215 arriving
Greetings from a racer The crew of 173 gives us a wave after crossing the finish line
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Greetings from a racer
Paul Wyeth at sea Paul and his driver using a lull in the action to change cameras and lenses and position themselves correctly to get the perfect shots
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Paul Wyeth at sea
Bareboats finishing The Bareboat classes were quite competitive and the racers came in relatively close to each other
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Bareboats finishing
Gaggle of finishers A group of bareboats coming into the finish line on the final day of the Antigua Sailing Week 2016
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Gaggle of finishers
Bow 224 final finish Bow 224 about to cross the final finish line at the ASW 2016
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Bow 224 final finish
Post-Race committee boat celebration As we all tell the tales and stories accrued during the past week we are also doing a good job in diminishing the ship's stores of alcohol.
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Post-Race committee boat celebration
Committee Boat Committee Boat "A" after-party
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Committee Boat "A" after-party
Happy committee boat crew Happy committee boat crew
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Happy committee boat crew
 
Finishers from Guadeloupe Coming to the finish line after racing from Deshaies on Guadeloupe
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Finishers from Guadeloupe
Maremosso at the start Maremosso at the start
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Maremosso at the start
Finishing at Windward Finishing at Windward
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Finishing at Windward
Starry Night and others Coming in for a practice run at the start line
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Starry Night and others
 
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