Tortola, British Virgin Island (April 3, 2015) – Rain squalls ripped through the Sir Francis Drake Channel at the start of racing on day one of the BVI Spring Regatta, enhancing the trade winds to over 20 knots for most of the day.
A short sea state, at times rising to three metres when the fleet was racing out of the Channel added gusto to the wet and wild conditions. Across the three combat zones, concentration, anticipation and ultimately boat handling were the keys to success in the big conditions. It wasn’t until later in the afternoon that the breeze subsided to a relatively calm 18 knots, but by then, several yachts had been forced to retire with boat damage.
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