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Barney Crook wins 2019 Commodore's Race in Airgasm

- Thad A. Lettsome places first in Laser category
Airgasm, skippered by Barney Crook, won the 2019 O'Neal & Mundy Commodore's Race on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Nanny Cay. Photo: Photo: RBVIYC/Clair Burke
Spike and Whoop Whoop in a photo finish. Photo: RBVIYC/Clair Burke
Spike and Whoop Whoop in a photo finish. Photo: RBVIYC/Clair Burke
Top national youth sailor Thad A. Lettsome won the Lasers class race. Photo: RBVIYC/Clair Burke
Top national youth sailor Thad A. Lettsome won the Lasers class race. Photo: RBVIYC/Clair Burke
The Black Pig was third for monohulls. Photo: RBVIYC/Clair Burke
The Black Pig was third for monohulls. Photo: RBVIYC/Clair Burke
NANNY CAY, VI- The 2019 O'Neal and Mundy Commodore's Race was won by Barney Crook in Airgasm when the sailing event organised by the Royal BVI Yacht Club (RBVIYC) was held on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Nanny Cay.

Ten boats took part in the race on a bright and squally day, with the Mulithulls and Racing classes heading up to Hog Valley Green marker off Brandywine Bay, across to round Salt Island to port and Cooper Island to starboard before returning to Nanny Cay to finish.

Eddie Brockbank made a quick getaway in his Corsair Lucky 7 and took line honours after just over two hours on the race course; however, Barney Crook's Airgasm came in just two minutes later which was enough on corrected time to give him the class and the overall Commodore's Race win.

Ted Reshetiloff, skippering Whoop Whoop was third.

In his first RBVIYC event with new trimaran Ping, Chris Haycraft was forced to retire after discovering one of the daggerboards was missing. By some miracle the said daggerboard turned up later that evening!

Spike!

Three monohulls entered the racing class.

Spike, skippered by Sam Talbot, came out on top while in second place was Henry Leonnig's Firewater.

Gilbo Simpson and Tim Parsons on The Black Pig were third.

Convincing win for Lettsome

The Lasers took a brutal first beat up to Hog Valley Green then back to a windward leeward with a slightly shorter second lap.  Top national youth sailor Thad A. Lettsome showed them how it’s done, taking a convincing win from Graham Harney and coach Chris Watters.

The prize giving was held at the Royal BVI Yacht Club ahead of the annual Commodore’s Dinner.

Results

Multihull

Airgasm, Barney Crook

Lucky 7, Eddie Brockbank

Whoop Whoop, Ted Reshetiloff

Ping, Chris Haycraft (RTD)

Racing

Spike, Sam Talbot

Firewater, Henry Leonnig

The Black Pig, Gilbo Simpson

Lasers

Thad A. Lettsome

Graham Harney

Chris Watters

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