Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Carlos Aguilar Match Race

By Lynn Fitzpatrick of World Regattas

December 3, 2009 (St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands) - All 16 teams competing in the Second Annual Carlos Aguilar Match Race have registered, weighed in and have had their work out for the day. Flat water and 15-17 knots of breeze, sunshine and Caribbean heat were on order for today's practice day.

Virgin Islanders Peter Holmberg, Maurice Kurg, Morgan Avery and Ben Beer raced against Jens Gram Hansen and his crew in the IC 24's. The teams were the first out on the water today and the first to return to the dock at Yacht Haven Grande. They were soaking wet, and it wasn't from the crystal clear waters of Charlotte Amalie, it was from sweating. Everyone is taking this Grade 3 Open event and Grade 1 Women's Match Race very seriously and is practicing their spinnaker sets and take downs with a vengeance.

Racing starts on Thursday morning at 9:00 am. The start is right along the downtown Charlotte Amaile's waterfront. With grand stands, an announcer and entertainment throughout the week, there couldn't be a more spectator-friendly event.

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