04 - 08 October 2016

Oyster Regatta Palma 2016

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04th October 2016

Introduction

Record entry at Oyster’s 38th regatta

A record entry of 43 boats and a total of 350 competitors at the Oyster Regatta Palma 2016 has created a big sensation round town. This stunning gathering of world class Oyster yachts that range from 45ft-100ft has taken centre stage at the Real Club Nautico de Palma (RCNP) for this unique, five-day annual event. 

Palma, now in its 12th year, is naturally a popular choice of regatta location for Oyster crews, but there is no doubt that Oyster’s unique model that combines both club/family racers and professional race teams in what is affectionately known as the ‘Oyster family’, is the key to the event’s success.

If the atmosphere festival spirit at the Skippers’ Briefing, and opening cocktail party in the sumptuous setting at the RCNP is anything to go by, this the Oyster Regatta Palma 2016 is going to be one to remember. Hundreds of guests enjoyed fine Oyster hospitality and there was a distinct air of excitement as teams of all abilities chatted about the prospects of their first day of racing. 

While the likes of professional teams such as Firebird – on the sparkling new Oyster 885-07 sailed by Team Firebird Ocean Limited are keen to see how they perform in Class 1 after their recent second place at the Superyacht Cup, Hans Kampers Mareka of Holland – Oyster 49PH/33 (NED) said he was happy just to take part.

Kampers, who is sailing with his daughter Renne, plus their sailing Flatcoat Retriever – Ruby – hopes at least to win the Hot Dog prize! Kampers commented: “Ruby won it three years ago, so she is going for it again this year. She loves racing, and feels particularly safe with her doggie lifejacket.”

The first of the four-race, three-to-count series starts in the Bay of Palma on Wednesday.

Once the racing is completed on Wednesday, crews and supporting teams are heading to the first grand social event of the week, a cocktail party and dinner at Son Termes. This is a historic finca founded by Oliver de Termes, knight of King James I in the 13th century. It is now popular venue for Majorcan culture and fine cuisine.

Written by Sue Pelling
Images by Martínez Studio

05th October 2016

Race Day One

Sparkling opener at Oyster’s 38th record breaking regatta

Wednesday 5th October, Palma, Majorca – The opening day of racing at the Oyster Regatta Palma 2016 got off to a good start yesterday in light but tactically testing conditions. The Bay of Palma provided the perfect playground for the 43-strong fleet of Oysters gathered for this annual regatta at Real Club Nautico de Palma (RCNP).

Celebrating its 12th year in Palma, a record fleet of Oysters, ranging in size from 45ft-100ft, fought it out under the bright Mediterranean sun. Thanks to David Tydeman’s course-setting expertise in the light, tricky conditions, all four classes completed a short, but enjoyable first of four-race, three-to-count series. 

Tydeman (Oyster Group CEO – Event Chairman/Race Officer) managed to run the four-class sequence under the Oyster Observed Performance System (aka OOPS) successfully in the 5-8kt breeze, although the sea breeze did drop off earlier than expected. Tydeman commenting on the day, said: “It was quite a complicated one. I set a far too ambitious course in the sense I was expecting the sea breeze to come in much stronger but it didn’t. This meant the fleet was going about two thirds of the speed that I assumed so, that combined with dying breeze at around 1630 we shortened the course significantly but at least got a race in, so I am pleased with the first day.”

In the light breeze with winds reaching no more than 11kts throughout the day, there were some exciting starts with plenty of barging in at the committee boat end of the line. Starry Night team – Oyster 82-14(GBR) in Class 1 - was one of few to demonstrate a perfect port start, on the biased line, and was able to inch ahead in the crucial first stages of the race. However, in the overall standings on corrected time, it was Guardian Angel (RUS) sailed by Maxim Kudryashov and team on their super-tuned Oyster 885-04 whose impressive teamwork, gave them the edge. In the testing conditions they were able to beat Eddie Jordan’s Lush – Oyster 885-01 skippered by Tim Beebe (IRE) by just 30 seconds on corrected time.

Commenting on his win Kudryashov from St Petersburg, said: “It was a difficult race and tough and we made mistakes but tomorrow we will fix that. We could be faster but we actually had a great sail and thoroughly enjoyed it. We have only practiced beforehand for a few days so we need a bit of time to get up to speed.”

Rory and Susie McGrath sailing Dalliance – Oyster 62-15 (GBR) sailed well throughout the race and, after a good tactical move up the final beat, were able to win Class 3 by an impressive four minutes on corrected time over Richard Smith’s Sotto Vento – Oyster 655-07 (GBR). Commenting on his first race win Rory McGrath said: “We chose the inshore route on the last beat where there was more breeze, out to the right. That was where I believe we won the race. The crew worked well, we kept our eyes out the boat but most of all we had a bit of luck, and lots of fun, of course.”

Racing was extremely close in Class 3 with just a couple of minutes between the top five boats on corrected time. The star of the show in Class however, after their amazing comeback having sailed the wrong course was Eric and Ann Alfredson and team on Lisanne – Oyster 575-29 (SWE). This west coast of Sweden-based team, who are in Palma sailing with a couple of close friends, was delighted to have started the regatta on such an interesting note. Eric Alfredson said: “We led the race but then on the second leg we went to the wrong mark, so we were last. Then on the downwind leg we managed to overtake the other boats in the class and sail into the lead once again. It was all down to good teamwork and, I believe we gained extra speed from goose-winging our kite. That allowed us to sail straight to the mark rather than gybing all the way down the run.”

In second place in Class 3 was the well-sailed Oyster 575 Calliope – owned and skippered by Charles Manby from Aldeburgh Suffolk.

Hugh Johnson and team Nikitoo II – Oyster 54-19 (GBR) made an excellent start in Class 4 so it wasn’t particularly surprising to find them winning their class by well over five minutes on corrected time. Ostra – Oyster 53-23 (GBR) Ritchie Gatt and team finished second from Peter Blackmore’s Pied Piper – Oyster 49-12A (GBR).

Raymarine were the proud sponsors of Race Day One of the Regatta and the 'First Over the Line' prizes were presented by Pantaenius. 

The prize for the youngest team member in the fleet, who sailed an exceptional first race went to seven-year-old Olivia Hales sailing with her family on her grandfather’s boat Capella of London. Olivia is one of David Hales’ four grandchildren and was happy to win this coveted prize. “I love sailing and love helping out. My main jobs are tidying up the ropes and loading the winches, and sometimes I have a go at helming. I think sailing is great for young children mostly because it is fun.”

There was certainly no shortage of fun at last night’s grand cocktail party and glitzy banquet at the historic Son Termes finca, which rounded off a glorious first day at the Oyster Regatta Palma 2016.

Written by Sue Pelling
Images by Martínez Studio

class 1 results - sponsored by Raymarine
yacht namemodelowner/skipperfinished
GUARDIAN ANGEL885-04Maxim Kudryashov1
LUSH885-01Tim Beebe2
FIREBIRD885-07Firebird Ocean Limited3
STARRY NIGHT82-14Starry Yachts4
GRAYCIOUS745-03John Noble5
SATORI745-01Serida Trading6
MAEGAN825-03Marja de Pundert7
CLARE885-03Sir Frank Chapman8
BARE NECESSITIES82-01Bare Necessities Ltd / Matt Newing9
MATHILDA SOUND82-15Mathilda Sound10
class 2 results - sponsored by Raymarine
yacht namemodelowner/skipperfinished
DALLIANCE62-15Rory & Susie McGrath1
SOTTO VENTO655-07Richard Smith2
DELICIA625-09Henrik Nyman3
iSNL655-11Cascina Int Ltd4
LADY MARIPOSA625-05Vladimir Baksheev5
ROCK OYSTER655-13John Marshall6
TIGER625-04Simon Pillar7
VAMOS625-06David & Joanne Furby8
FLYING SPIRIT625-07Rudolf Kägi9
BLACK LION625-03Edgar Rumble10
class 3 results - sponsored by Raymarine
yacht namemodelowner/skipperfinished
LISANNE575-29Eric & Ann Alfredson1
CALLIOPE575-15Charles Manby2
ANGELS' SHARE575-31Nick Blazquez3
SAFIYA575-35Harvey Death4
CAPELLA OF LONDON575-32David & Susan Hales5
ASANTE56-56Andrew Walters6
OYSTER BLEW56-23David Barlow7
class 4 results - sponsored by Raymarine
yacht namemodelowner/skipperfinished
NIKITOO II54-19Hugh Johnson1
OSTRA53-23Ritchie Gatt2
PIED PIPER49-12APeter Blackmore3
SARA BLUE V54-11Charles Bilson4
SOLWAY MIST46-08Christian Pizarro5
DISTRACTION53-50Simon Charles Tysoe6
IRIDESCENT54-14Andrew Fowles7
VENTURE53-48Nigel Betts8
NUTCRACKER53-18Simon Timm9
MAREKA OF HOLLAND49PH-33Hans Kampers10

06th October 2016

Race Day Two

Conditions fail to dampen Oyster family’s spirits 

Thunder, lightning, sun, rain, flat calm, winds up to 20kts, and extreme wind shifts seemed the perfect recipe for a disastrous day on the water. Thankfully, however, it wasn’t to be. Instead, the race committee, led by David Tydeman, once again managed to defy nature and pull off yet another successful day at the Oyster Palma Regatta (Race Day 2) sponsored by Lewmar. Even the threat of rain at the dockside cocktail party after racing at the Real Club Náutico de Palma (RCNP), failed to dampen the spirits of the 350 competitors who had more than a few tales to tell after a testing day on the water.

One of the most notable stories of the day was the heroic antics that took place aboard Andrey Yakunin’s stylish Oyster 885-07 Firebird in Class 1. The team made up of a total of seven nationalities thought their day had ended early when their hydraulics failed. Instead they managed to sail the yacht ‘manually’ and finish second to Maxim Kudryashov’s impressively sailed Guardian Angel – Oyster 885-04 (RUS). After two races Guardian Angel leads Class 1 in the four-race, three-to-count series. 

Jesper Bank, calling tactics on Firebird, commented that although the hydraulics issue was a minor technical issue it turned out to be a really great team experience because we seemed to solve all the issues of sailing a heavy boat like that with our bare hands. When it happened we thought we’d see how we get on and see if we can make the next manoeuvre, then see if we could get the jib out, then see if we could sheet on the main, and we seemed to solve the whole thing and were less than a minute from winning Class 1 overall. So actually it was a really good day.”

In Class 2 Vladimir Baksheev and team on Lady Mariposa – Oyster 625-05 (RUS) demonstrated some extremely impressive boat speed today, and managed to beat David and Joanne Furby’s Oyster 625-06 Vamos by nearly four minutes on corrected time. Baksheev enjoying the festival atmosphere at the dockside cocktail party after racing, said: “We are delighted to win class. The teamwork was really good and happy we chose the correct sails for the conditions. The gennaker was a really good option and we were changing gears all the time to account for the shifty conditions. I think that’s what won us the race.”

A third for Richard Smith’s Sotto Vento – Oyster 655-07 (GBR) is enough for this Oyster Regatta-regular to retain the overnight leading position in class by just 0.25pts from Lady Mariposa.

Elsewhere in Class 2, the Swedes aboard Henrik Nyman’s Oyster 625-09 Delicia managed to retain their fun spirit despite losing their early advantage after a cracking start and first beat. They also suffered gear failure when the electric winches stopped working, and like many yesterday, they suffered in the large shifts and holes in the Bay. Although they gained a bit back on the last run, they had to settle for sixth. 

Nyman commented: “Our winches failing took us down a bit, but we sorted it and had a really fun day. We had a good start and flew off the start line and were able maintain speed as well as pointing well. One of the best bits of the race was the last few 100 metres to the finish when, in the holey wind, we managed to coax Delicia all the way down the run by using the asymmetric spinnaker as a Code Zero. Although naturally it is good to do well, what is important is enjoying the time spent on the water with friends. That is something we never fail on.”

Fellow Swedish sailors Eric and Ann Alfredson and their good friends on Lisanne – Oyster 575-29, continued their winning ways in Class 3 yesterday and now lead their class with two days to go. They started well, had a good beat and led at the windward mark. Although their race was shortened after one round, Alfredson confessed he thought the decision to shorten was a good one. “Although at the time we would have liked a second round I think it was a good move to shorten. Two hours in those conditions was more than enough. The team is sailing well and I think they are getting better by the minute, which is why we are doing so well.”

Retired mechanical engineer, Ritchie Gatt from Sussex in the UK on Ostra – Oyster 53-23 – is also sailing with family but has a couple of permanent crew in preparation for the forthcoming ARC. With a second, and first place in Class 4 on day two, Team Ostra are now one point ahead of Hugh Johnson and his team on Oyster 54-19 – Nikitoo II. Praising his crew after yesterday’s win, Gatt said: “The key to our win today was a very good start, we were pointing well and had good speed. The most important thing in today’s tricky conditions, however, was teamwork particularly during kite hoists and drops. We are now looking forward to the next race when things should start to hot up.”

On the progress of the event so far, after two days, Tydeman (Oyster Group CEO – Event Chairman-Race Officer) said: “I am absolutely delighted that despite the incredibly tricky conditions, we’ve managed to complete two good days of racing. The positive vibe throughout the record-breaking 43-strong fleet is tremendous. I am particularly delighted that Oyster’s ethos of promoting Corinthian sailors as well as professionals, is as strong today as it has ever been.”

Written by Sue Pelling
Images by Martinez Studio

class 1 results - sponsored by Lewmar
yacht namemodelowner/skipperfinished
GUARDIAN ANGEL885-04Maxim Kudryashov1
FIREBIRD885-07Firebird Ocean Limited2
STARRY NIGHT82-14UK Starry Yachts3
GRAYCIOUS745-03John Noble4
SATORI745-01Serida Trading5
BARE NECESSITIES82-01Bare Necessities Ltd / Matt Newing6
MATHILDA SOUND82-15Mathilda Sound7
LUSH885-01Tim Beebe8
CLARE885-03Sir Frank Chapman9
MAEGAN825-03Marja de Pundert10
class 2 results - sponsored by Lewmar
yacht namemodelowner/skipperfinished
LADY MARIPOSA625-05Vladimir Baksheev1
VAMOS625-06David & Joanne Furby2
SOTTO VENTO655-07Richard Smith3
TIGER625-04Simon Pillar4
ROCK OYSTER655-13UK John Marshall5
DALLIANCE62-15Rory & Susie McGrath6
DELICIA625-09Henrik Nyman7
BLACK LION625-03Edgar Rumble8
iSNL655-11Cascina Int Ltd9
FLYING SPIRIT625-07Rudolf Kägi10
class 3 results - sponsored by Lewmar
yacht namemodelowner/skipperfinished
LISANNE575-29Eric & Ann Alfredson1
ANGELS' SHARE575-31Nick Blazquez2
ASANTE56-56UK Andrew Walters3
OYSTER BLEW56-23David Barlow4
CAPELLA OF LONDON575-32David & Susan Hales5
CALLIOPE575-15Charles Manby6
SAFIYA575-35Harvey Death7
class 4 results - sponsored by Lewmar
yacht namemodelowner/skipperfinished
OSTRA53-23Ritchie Gatt1
PIED PIPER49-12APeter Blackmore2
NIKITOO II54-19Hugh Johnson3
SARA BLUE V54-11Charles Bilson4
IRIDESCENT54-14Andrew Fowles5
DISTRACTION53-50Simon Charles Tysoe6
SOLWAY MIST46-08Christian Pizarro7
VENTURE53-48Nigel Betts8
MAREKA OF HOLLAND49PH-33Hans Kampers9
NUTCRACKER53-18Simon Timm10

07th October 2016

Race Day Three

Winners begin to emerge after glorious day on the water

Conditions on the third day of the Oyster Palma Regatta 2016 sponsored by Dolphin Sails produced some of the best racing seen so far this week. In scorching sunshine and generally more consistent, steady winds, which ranged from 7-10kts, the 43 teams enjoyed an enjoyable challenging race, which put tactical racing skills to the test once again on the Bay of Palma.

Racing was close in most of the four classes; in some cases just over a minute separating boats on corrected time including Class 1 where Maxim Kudryashov’s Guardian Angel, Oyster 885-04, beat Eddie Jordan’s Lush, Oyster 885-01, by just eight seconds on corrected time in a three hour race.

Slightly further down the fleet in fifth place today, but equally competitive was John Noble’s brand-new, American-flagged Graycious, Oyster 745-03 who beat her sistership Satori by just 13 seconds. Although Noble was sadly not on board due to work commitments back in the USA, the team headed by Rob Spets the skipper, said they are really enjoying the useful time learning about the boat.

“We took delivery of this new boat in July so we are loving it. It is a lot more fun to sail than the old generation boat we previously had. We have funky sails and it is just a little more responsive, and best of all in lumpy seas she just hammers through the waves.

Although it looks racy with its carbon rigging and black winches, we didn’t go crazy because it is still a cruising boat. We wanted a Superyacht but without all the super-crazy systems. We’ve kept it simple.

“It is disappointing that John the owner who normally helms is not here. Without him we have lost one of our good guys, so we are trying to do our best. The regatta has been a lot of fun so far with challenging conditions in the bay but one of the best parts of the Oyster Regattas is being out there and meeting happy people that are attracted to this unique regatta.”

One of the two boats to take advantage of the port-biased line was TigerOyster 625-04 sailed by Simon Pillar and team. This team executed a perfect port tack start, took the early favoured right-hand side of the course, and pulled out just enough of a lead to win her class by just seven seconds on corrected time from Lady MariposaOyster 625-05.

Commenting on Tiger’s impressive piece of sailing, Pillar said: “We knew it was going to be close and we are delighted, particularly because at 1230 there was no wind. I think I put our win down to making all the right tactical decisions at all the key points. The port tack gave us clear air, and then we initially headed up the right-hand side of the course, which paid handsomely and was definitely the way to go. We continued for a good while and tacked back at the exact right time when we saw the others being lifted under the cliffs. The benefit of going out on that port tack meant we only put in two tacks to get to the windward mark.”

Nick and Alison Blazquez on Angels' ShareOyster 575-31 – from the UK had their best race so far this week with a win in Class 3 yesterday. With a second and third place already in the ‘bag’, this team look set to give Eric and Ann Alfredson and their Swedish team on Lisanne, a run for their money for the overall top spot on Saturday.

Nick Blazquez, who has worked in the whisky industry for nearly 30 years explained the origin their boat’s name – Angels’ Share: “Scotch whisky has to be distilled in oak casks for a minimum of three years. During this oak maturing process you lose about three per cent a year. It goes through the wood and evaporates into the sky and that is called Angels’ Share.

“Alison my wife and I thought that owning a boat is a bit like maturing Scotch whisky – money kind of evaporates – which is why we called the boat Angels’ Share.”

Charles and Nicky Manby’s Oyster 575-15 Calliope not only took fourth in Class 3 yesterday’s race but also won the Pantaenius-sponsored prize for the first across the start line just eight seconds after the gun.

The Manbys, who are keen Wayfarer dinghy sailors from Aldebugh, Suffolk on the east coast of England, are using the Palma event to make final preparations for the forthcoming Oyster World Rally, which starts in January.

“Once we finish the regatta, Calliope is having a mini refit in Palma then Charlie, one of our crew, will sail the boat from Palma to Antigua arriving mid December.”

Commenting on yesterday’s race, Manby said: “We had a very good day with enough wind and the course was good. I felt we were out-pointed by Lisanne. I thought we had a good start but went right and it ended up a bit of a mess, after which we had to play catch up. At one point we were behind Oyster Blew and Safiya but managed to fight back and get ahead of them. All in all in was a good day.”

Peter Blackmore on Pied Piper – Oyster 49-12A – sailed an impressive race yesterday to finish second in Class 4, behind the consistent team on Ostra – Oyster 53-23 – owned by Ritchie Gatt. Blackmore commented: “We had a wonderful race today, sailing with friends from England and local guests. We just bonded as a team and did very well. Today, once we got over to the cliffs on the left of the course up the first beat, we benefitted from a fantastic lift and it was there where we were able to extend our lead. Although we are competitive, we are delighted to be here soaking up the fine Oyster hospitality with the 300 or so Oyster guests.”

Others enjoying the splendid Oyster hospitality at the Palau March Museum in the heart of the historic City of Palma, were David and Wendy Braben who have just placed an order for a new Oyster 575 with an extended transom. The Brabens commented: “We are making a lot of decisions about the spec and details on our new boat so we thought we should fly in to this regatta to see the other boats and talk to other owners. We are also here to get a taste of what Oyster regattas are all about. First impressions? Impressive!!”

Interestingly the Brabens have decided to go for a centreboard option: “Although we plan to keep her here in Palma we decided to go for a centreboard option. This means that should we decide to take her home to East Coast we’ll be able to sail her in the shallower waters.”

The final race of the four-race, three-to-count regatta series is scheduled for 1230 today. This will be followed by the grand awards ceremony dinner to mark the end of the regatta, at El Nuevo Pueblo Espanol – Palacio de Congresos.

Written by Sue Pelling
Images by Martinez Studio

class 1 results - sponsored by Dolphin Sails
yacht namemodelowner/skipperfinished
GUARDIAN ANGEL885-04Maxim Kudryashov1
LUSH885-01Tim Beebe2
FIREBIRD885-07Firebird Ocean Limited3
MAEGAN825-03Marja de Pundert4
GRAYCIOUS745-03John Noble5
SATORI745-01Serida Trading6
STARRY NIGHT82-14Starry Yachts7
CLARE885-03Sir Frank Chapman8
BARE NECESSITIES82-01Bare Necessities Ltd / Matt Newing9
MATHILDA SOUND82-15Mathilda Sound10
class 2 results - sponsored by Dolphin Sails
yacht namemodelowner/skipperfinished
TIGER625-04Simon Pillar1
LADY MARIPOSA625-05Vladimir Baksheev2
VAMOS625-06David & Joanne Furby3
SOTTO VENTO655-07Richard Smith4
iSNL655-11Cascina Int Ltd5
ROCK OYSTER655-13John Marshall6
DELICIA625-09Henrik Nyman7
DALLIANCE62-15Rory & Susie McGrath8
BLACK LION625-03Edgar Rumble9
FLYING SPIRIT625-07Rudolf Kägi10
class 3 results - sponsored by Dolphin Sails
yacht namemodelowner/skipperfinished
ANGELS' SHARE575-31Nick Blazquez1
LISANNE575-29Eric & Ann Alfredson2
ASANTE56-56Andrew Walters3
CALLIOPE575-15Charles Manby4
SAFIYA575-35Harvey Death5
OYSTER BLEW56-23David Barlow6
CAPELLA OF LONDON575-32David & Susan Hales7
class 4 results - sponsored by Dolphin Sails
yacht namemodelowner/skipperfinished
OSTRA53-23Ritchie Gatt1
PIED PIPER49-12APeter Blackmore2
NIKITOO II54-19Hugh Johnson3
DISTRACTION53-50Simon Charles Tysoe4
SARA BLUE V54-11Charles Bilson5
VENTURE53-48Nigel Betts6
SOLWAY MIST46-08Christian Pizarro7
IRIDESCENT54-14Andrew Fowles8
MAREKA OF HOLLAND49PH-33Hans Kampers9
NUTCRACKER53-18Simon Timm10

08th October 2016

Race Day Four

Oyster Palma Regatta grand finale
Stunning conditions mark the end of hugely successful regatta

Sunday 9 October, Palma, Majorca – Participants were treated to spectacular conditions on the final day of the Oyster Regatta Palma 2016 sponsored by Pelagos Yachts.

Although winds reached no more than 11 kts throughout the day, it was more consistent than it had been all week, and the 37 teams competing in this 38th annual regatta, were treated to exciting racing that resulted in some extremely close finishes in the overall standings.

The huge, record-breaking fleet of Oysters ranging from 46ft family yachts to sparkling new professionally-led 885s, powering downwind towards the leeward mark under spinnaker, was a sight to behold and the perfect end to what has been, arguably, the most successful regatta to date.

One of the closest finishes was in Class 1 between Firebird Oyster 885-07 – Firebird (Ocean Limited) and Maxim Kudryashov’s Guardian AngelOyster 885-04. The team on Guardian Angel however, had their work cut out to retain a top position in the final race after they ripped their spinnaker. They had to sail the last downwind leg without spinnaker, which meant Firebird beat them by seven seconds. This last minute place change put Firebird ahead of Eddie Jordan’s Lush Oyster 885-01 (IRE) in the overall standings, while Guardian Angel took the overall win.

The grand awards ceremony at the Palacio de Congresos, one of Palma’s landmark 20th century Spanish architectural buildings, gave crews, guests and VIPs a chance to enjoy the final lavish evening of Oyster hospitality and share their regatta experiences. 

Vladimir Baksheev and his team on Lady MariposaOyster 625-05, received plenty of applause for their impressive performance in Class 2 this week, which included two firsts and a second place. Their final race win was enough to clinch the top spot overall from Richard Smith’s British Sotto Vento – Oyster 655-07.

Racing in this 10-strong class yesterday was extremely close with Cascina Int Ltd’s iSNL – Oyster 655-11 (FIN) only one point ahead of David & Joanna’s VamosOyster 625-06 in 3rd place.

The Swedish husband and wife team – Eric and Ann Alfredson, and friends Lars and Birgitta on LisanneOyster 575-29, in Class 3 were always in contention this week with their three firsts and a second.

Commenting on the regatta, Alfredson said: “We are really happy about our win, this is the first time in our new boat. We had good crew work and the ambience on board was fantastic. I think that helped a lot. As far as tuning the boat goes, we haven’t done anything, it is just a standard model.”

Another really well sailed boat was Ostra – Oyster 53-23 (GBR) crewed by Ritchie Gatt and friends in Class 4. This team, who are using the regatta to ‘iron out any creases’ before the start of the ARC next month managed to keep the ever-threatening Peter Blackmore and team on Pied Piper – Oyster 49-12A (GBR) at bay. Although Team Pied Piper won the final race from Hugh Johnson on Nikitoo II – Oyster 54-19 (GBR), by just over a minute, Ostra sneaked ahead on the overall scoreboard by 1.25pts.

In his rounding up of the event, David Tydeman (Oyster Group CEO – Event Chairman-Race Officer) said the regatta has beaten all expectations: “It really has been one of the best regattas to date and we seemed to have achieved what we set out to do, in terms of attracting not only a large fleet but also a diverse fleet. From newcomers to sailing-those who’ve never raced before, to a selection of professional teams, this regatta has never been more accessible and we hope to welcome even more new Oyster owners to our next event."

The next Oyster Regatta will be held in the BVIs on 10th – 15th April 2017. Click here to find out more.

Written by Sue Pelling
Images by Martinez Studio

class 1 results - sponsored by Pelagos Yachts
yacht namemodelowner/skipperfinished
FIREBIRD885-07Firebird Ocean Limited1
GUARDIAN ANGEL885-04Maxim Kudryashov2
LUSH885-01Tim Beebe3
STARRY NIGHT82-14Starry Yachts4
SATORI745-01Serida Trading5
MAEGAN825-03Marja de Pundert6
GRAYCIOUS745-03John Noble7
BARE NECESSITIES82-01Bare Necessities Ltd / Matt Newing8
MATHILDA SOUND82-15Mathilda Sound9
CLARE885-03Sir Frank Chapman10
class 2 results - sponsored by Pelagos Yachts
yacht namemodelowner/skipperfinished
LADY MARIPOSA625-05Vladimir Baksheev1
iSNL655-11Cascina Int Ltd2
SOTTO VENTO655-07Richard Smith3
VAMOS625-06David & Joanne Furby4
ROCK OYSTER655-13John Marshall5
TIGER625-04Simon Pillar6
DALLIANCE62-15Rory & Susie McGrath7
BLACK LION625-03Edgar Rumble8
FLYING SPIRIT625-07Rudolf Kägi9
DELICIA625-09Henrik Nyman10
class 3 results - sponsored by Pelagos Yachts
yacht namemodelowner/skipperfinished
LISANNE575-29Eric & Ann Alfredson1
ANGELS' SHARE575-31Nick Blazquez2
CALLIOPE575-15Charles Manby3
ASANTE56-56Andrew Walters4
SAFIYA575-35Harvey Death5
OYSTER BLEW56-23David Barlow6
CAPELLA OF LONDON575-32David & Susan Hales7
class 4 results - sponsored by Pelagos Yachts
yacht namemodelowner/skipperfinished
PIED PIPER49-12APeter Blackmore1
NIKITOO II54-19Hugh Johnson2
SARA BLUE V54-11Charles Bilson3
OSTRA53-23Ritchie Gatt4
SOLWAY MIST46-08Christian Pizarro5
VENTURE53-48Nigel Betts6
DISTRACTION53-50Simon Charles Tysoe7
IRIDESCENT54-14Andrew Fowles8
MAREKA OF HOLLAND49PH-33Hans Kampers9
NUTCRACKER53-18Simon Timm10
class 1 overall results
yacht namemodelowner/skipperRace 1 PointsRace 2 PointsRace 3 PointsRace 4 PointsTotal PointsBest Three
Guardian Angel885-04Maxim Kudryashov0.750.750.752.004.252.25
Firebird885-07Firebird Ocean Limited3.002.003.000.758.755.75
Lush885-01Tim Beebe2.008.002.003.0015.007.00
Starry Night82-14Starry Yachts4.003.007.004.0018.0011.00
Graycious745-03John Noble5.004.005.007.0021.0014.00
Satori745-01Serida Trading6.005.006.005.0022.0016.00
Maegan825-03Marja de Pundert7.0010.004.006.0027.0017.00
Bare Necessities82-01Bare Necessities Ltd / Matt Newing9.006.009.008.0032.0023.00
Clare885-03Sir Frank Chapman8.009.008.0010.0035.0025.00
Mathilda Sound82-15Mathilda Sound10.007.0010.009.0036.0026.00
class 2 overall results
yacht namemodelowner/skipperRace 1 PointsRace 2 PointsRace 3 PointsRace 4 PointsTotal PointsBest Three
Lady Mariposa625-05Vladimir Baksheev5.000.752.000.758.503.50
Sotto Vento665-07Richard Smith2.003.004.003.0012.008.00
Vamos625-06David & Joanne Furby8.002.003.004.0017.009.00
Tiger625-04Simon Pillar7.004.000.756.0017.7510.75
iSNL655-11Cascina Int Ltd4.009.005.002.0020.0011.00
Dalliance62-15Rory & Susie McGrath0.756.008.007.0021.7513.75
Rock Oyster655-13John Marshall6.005.006.005.0022.0016.00
Delicia625-09Henrik Nyman3.007.007.0010.0027.017.00
Black Lion625-03Edgar Rumble11.008.009.008.0036.0025.00
Flying Spirit625-07Rudolf Kägi9.0010.0010.009.0038.0028.00
class 3 overall results
yacht namemodelowner/skipperRace 1 PointsRace 2 PointsRace 3 PointsRace 4 PointsTotal PointsBest Three
Lisanne575-29Eric & Ann Alfredson0.750.752.000.754.252.25
Angels' Share575-31Nick Blazquez3.002.000.752.007.754.75
Calliope575-15Charles Manby2.006.004.003.0015.009.00
Asante56-56Andrew Walters6.003.003.004.0016.0010.00
Safiya575-35Harvey Death4.007.005.005.0021.0014.00
Oyster Blew56-23David Barlow7.004.006.006.0023.0016.00
Capella of London575-32David & Susan Hales5.005.007.007.0024.0017.00
class 4 overall results
yacht namemodelowner/skipperRace 1 PointsRace 2 PointsRace 3 PointsTotal PointsBest Three
Ostra53-53Ritchie Gatt2.000.750.757.503.50
Pied Piper49-12aPeter Blackmore3.002.002.007.754.75
Nikitoo II54-19Hugh Johnson0.753.003.008.755.75
Sara Blue V54-11Charles Bilson4.004.005.0016.0011.00
Distraction53-50Simon Charles Tysoe6.006.004.0023.0016.00
Solway Mist46-08Christian Pizarro5.007.007.0024.0017.00
Venture53-48Nigel Betts8.008.006.0028.0020.00
Iridescent54-14Andrew Fowles7.005.008.0028.0020.00
Mareka of Holland49PH-33Hans Kamper10.009.009.0037.0027.00
Nutcracker53-18Simon Timm9.0010.0010.0039.0029.00

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