A Pair of Prizes, Surprisingly, Are Won at the 13th Annual Antigua and Barbuda Hamptons Challenge Regatta - 27 East

A Pair of Prizes, Surprisingly, Are Won at the 13th Annual Antigua and Barbuda Hamptons Challenge Regatta

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Viper Grand Prix, left, in hot pursuit of the eventual overall winner Lunatic Fringe.   MICHAEL MELLA

Viper Grand Prix, left, in hot pursuit of the eventual overall winner Lunatic Fringe. MICHAEL MELLA

Captain Beth Fleisher and her crew Charlotte and Caroline Keil, along with Fleisher's son Ben Claremont, were awarded an all-expenses paid trip to Antigua's Sailing Week.   BEN CLAREMONT

Captain Beth Fleisher and her crew Charlotte and Caroline Keil, along with Fleisher's son Ben Claremont, were awarded an all-expenses paid trip to Antigua's Sailing Week. BEN CLAREMONT

Yacht Volition close-hauled while Red Sky flies her kite to victory.   MICHAEL MELLA

Yacht Volition close-hauled while Red Sky flies her kite to victory. MICHAEL MELLA

Spinnaker Division 1 Obsidian in an early duel with Spinnaker Division 2 Faster Pussycat.   MICHAEL MELLA

Spinnaker Division 1 Obsidian in an early duel with Spinnaker Division 2 Faster Pussycat. MICHAEL MELLA

Lunatic Fringe’s lookout foredeck crewmember at the start. Peter Lehnert’s yacht placed first in the non-spinnaker division and went on to being awarded top honors in the 22-yacht regatta.   MICHAEL MELLA

Lunatic Fringe’s lookout foredeck crewmember at the start. Peter Lehnert’s yacht placed first in the non-spinnaker division and went on to being awarded top honors in the 22-yacht regatta. MICHAEL MELLA

Jul Bocken on port tack crossing head to head with Lunatic Fringe on starboard tack.    MICHAEL MELLA

Jul Bocken on port tack crossing head to head with Lunatic Fringe on starboard tack. MICHAEL MELLA

From left, Jul Bocken, a spectator boat, Faster Pussycat, Plane Sailing, Godzilla, Viper Zorro, Viper Grand Prix and the winner of Spinnaker Division 2, Peter Beardsley’s Viper Glory Days.   MICHAEL MELLA

From left, Jul Bocken, a spectator boat, Faster Pussycat, Plane Sailing, Godzilla, Viper Zorro, Viper Grand Prix and the winner of Spinnaker Division 2, Peter Beardsley’s Viper Glory Days. MICHAEL MELLA

Bill Coster’s Silent Passage, left, which placed second in the non-spinnaker division, Gary Krogman’s Volition and the overall winner Lunatic Fringe beating to the weather mark.   MICHAEL MELLA

Bill Coster’s Silent Passage, left, which placed second in the non-spinnaker division, Gary Krogman’s Volition and the overall winner Lunatic Fringe beating to the weather mark. MICHAEL MELLA

John Pearson’s Red Sky flying her kite to a first place win in Spinnaker Division 1.    MICHAEL MELLA

John Pearson’s Red Sky flying her kite to a first place win in Spinnaker Division 1. MICHAEL MELLA

Fine spinnaker trimming helped Red Sky take line honors.    MICHAEL MELLA

Fine spinnaker trimming helped Red Sky take line honors. MICHAEL MELLA

Spinnaker Division 1, from left: Strider placed third, Obsidian placed sixth and Purple Haze fifth.   MICHAEL MELLA

Spinnaker Division 1, from left: Strider placed third, Obsidian placed sixth and Purple Haze fifth. MICHAEL MELLA

Glory Days, left, and Zorro rounding the leeward mark.   MICHAEL MELLA

Glory Days, left, and Zorro rounding the leeward mark. MICHAEL MELLA

Skipper Richard Prieto with a crew of two work their magic to keep Zorro on an even angle of heel.    MICHAEL MELLA

Skipper Richard Prieto with a crew of two work their magic to keep Zorro on an even angle of heel. MICHAEL MELLA

Mega yacht Seaquel, left, crossing Zorro too close for the Viper’s comfort!    MICHAEL MELLA

Mega yacht Seaquel, left, crossing Zorro too close for the Viper’s comfort! MICHAEL MELLA

Obsidian, left, trying in vain to catch up with third place Strider and first place Red Sky.   MICHAEL MELLA

Obsidian, left, trying in vain to catch up with third place Strider and first place Red Sky. MICHAEL MELLA

Red Sky, left, running before the wind, soon to catch up and pass third place Spinnaker Division 1 Strider and sixth place Obsidian.   MICHAEL MELLA

Red Sky, left, running before the wind, soon to catch up and pass third place Spinnaker Division 1 Strider and sixth place Obsidian. MICHAEL MELLA

Strider’s crew working her kite in perfect harmony.   MICHAEL MELLA

Strider’s crew working her kite in perfect harmony. MICHAEL MELLA

Showing winning form, Red Sky beats to windward.  MICHAEL MELLA

Showing winning form, Red Sky beats to windward. MICHAEL MELLA

Skipper John Sommi’s Cloud 9 flying downwind to second place in Spinnaker Division 1.  MICHAEL MELLA

Skipper John Sommi’s Cloud 9 flying downwind to second place in Spinnaker Division 1. MICHAEL MELLA

Viper Glory Days, left, about to pass Trading Places, a dual between two different spinnaker divisions.   MICHAEL MELLA

Viper Glory Days, left, about to pass Trading Places, a dual between two different spinnaker divisions. MICHAEL MELLA

The captain of Jubilance, a 50-foot yacht where spectators could enjoy watching the regatta from, with one of the guests onboard.    MICHAEL MELLA

The captain of Jubilance, a 50-foot yacht where spectators could enjoy watching the regatta from, with one of the guests onboard. MICHAEL MELLA

Beth Fleisher, captain and owner of Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill!, is awarded with an all-expenses paid trip to Antigua's Sailing Week by the island's tourism board.   MICHAEL MELLA

Beth Fleisher, captain and owner of Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill!, is awarded with an all-expenses paid trip to Antigua's Sailing Week by the island's tourism board. MICHAEL MELLA

Minutes before the clouds parted and rain came down in sheets, first place in Spinnaker Division 2 Viper Glory Days, left, in a mortal duel with second place Viper Zorro.   MICHAEL MELLA

Minutes before the clouds parted and rain came down in sheets, first place in Spinnaker Division 2 Viper Glory Days, left, in a mortal duel with second place Viper Zorro. MICHAEL MELLA

Drew Budd on Aug 16, 2023
Those who competed in the 13th annual Antigua and Barbuda Hamptons Challenge Regatta on Saturday saw just about every type of sailing conditions that could be had. The race, hosted... more

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