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Fujin shines at BVI Spring Regatta 2019

This year, saw a record-breaking streak from sailors who crushed the Round Tortola Race mark with Fujin whipping 35 minutes off the previous record. Photo: BVISR
The 2019 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing was a year to remember with festival regatta village buzzing with activity, great food & plenty of mount gay rum. Photo: BVISR
The 2019 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing was a year to remember with festival regatta village buzzing with activity, great food & plenty of mount gay rum. Photo: BVISR
A new outright record was set in the Nanny Cay Challenge by Fujin, Greg Slyngstad and his crew on the Bieker 53 catamaran after completing the Round Tortola Race in an elapsed time of 1h 57mins 16mins. Photo: BVISR/Michelle Slade
A new outright record was set in the Nanny Cay Challenge by Fujin, Greg Slyngstad and his crew on the Bieker 53 catamaran after completing the Round Tortola Race in an elapsed time of 1h 57mins 16mins. Photo: BVISR/Michelle Slade
NANNY CAY, Tortola, VI – The 2019 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing was a year to remember with festival regatta village buzzing with activity, great food & plenty of mount gay rum.

This year, saw a record-breaking streak from sailors who crushed the Round Tortola Race mark with Fujin whipping 35 minutes off the previous record and E1 team overturning monohull score in the first leg of sailing.

Fujin wins again

Jonathan McKee, an Olympic gold medalist and tactician on the Bieker 53 catamaran Fujin puts much of the team’s success down to longevity as a team. Fujin won both races on Friday, March 29, 2019, in the Offshore Multihull division.

“It was a great day – the fleet today was the most competitive offshore multihull fleet we’ve had in the three years I’ve been racing with these guys,” McKee commented according to a release from the  BVI Spring Regatta website.

“Tactics were tricky – in race one we got a good start which was important. It was close on the upwind leg with us, Mach Schnelland Flowbattling it out bow to bow which was super fun. Mostly though, we’ve had the same core crew for three years and while we’re still learning the boat, the team just works together really well,” he said.

Multihull Class  

Mark Sanders from Tortola took first in the Sport Multihull division on Island Hops, a Corsair 31, a boat new to him. Sanders previously sailed an Olympic soling and was in the market for a couple of boats – he was thinking a beach cat and a Tartan 10.

The opportunity to purchase the tri came up and he was persuaded by local Eddie Brockbank—who raced on Lucky 7, a Corsair Sprint 750—to buy it, “there was a lot of learning in the light air today,” Sanders said.

 “It’s 22 years old and needs a few upgrades but it’s absolutely fun,  Eddie’s wishing he hadn’t convinced me to buy it!” he laughed.

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