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Haycraft’s Pipe Dream wins Governor's Cup!

February 3rd, 2012 | Tags: sailing Peter Haycraft Governor's Cup Pipe Dream
Peter Haycraft skippered Pipe Dream to victory in the Governor's Cup 2012.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Challenging winds gave way to sunshine, light breezes and in near perfect Caribbean sailing conditions as Peter Haycraft skippered Pipe Dream to victory in the Governor’s Cup on Saturday January 28, 2012.

The Cruising Class was won by Reba, skippered by Jon Charlton.

Gusting winds of up to 20 knots added to the eventful start to the day’s racing which had already been delayed when Sorceress, entering in the Racing Division, ran aground.

Fortunately they were able to recover the boat and made it to the start line!

Racing division held two races. Their course consisted of an upwind leg to Brandywine Bay, a downwind leg to Nanny Cay, and finally an upwind leg to the finish line of the Royal BVI Yacht Club.

Race one had one lap of the course, Race two had two laps of the course. Both races had identical results, Pipe Dream taking first place, Rushin' Rowlette second and Firewater third.

The Cruising class of yachts also sailed to Brandywine Bay, then crossed the channel to round the South side of Dead Chest and Peter Island. They then came back across the channel to Nanny Cay, and finally upwind to the finish.

The weather conditions gradually lightened as the day progressed, and towards the end of racing winds and sunshine were perfect Caribbean sailing conditions!

Prize giving was held at the Royal BVI Yacht Club, and presented by his Excellency the Governor Boyd McLeay. The Governor raced on board Reba, winners of Cruising Class.

Prizes from sponsors Latitude 18 were awarded to Cruising Class, and prizes from The Royal BVI Yacht Club to Racing Class. Mr. Chris Haycraft received the Governor's Cup trophy from the Governor on behalf of Pipe Dream.

Mr. Haycraft also presented a booby “prize” to Sorceress, a gift certificate for salvage work from Mr. Rowlette's Husky Salvage business, as a joke to commemorate their running aground.

Mr. Rowlette himself also received a similar booby prize, for touching bottom himself during the course of the day!

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