March 31, 2011Bring Back the Random Leg!A trip to the International Rolex Regatta in St. Thomas reminded the author that there's more to sailing than upwind starts, square beats, and even runs.
March 31, 2011110331_Race2_StartThe start of Race 2 of the International Rolex Regatta featured a starting line skewed to port, and then a very short port-tack fetch to a mark. Was the race committee was into the martinis early? Nope, that's business as usual at the IRR where most of the races are done on random-leg courses. It was crazy at times for the author and his teammates on Phil Lotz' Swan 42 Arethusa (far right), but it was also a lot of fun.
April 1, 2011110331_IC24_StartThe 16-boat IC 24 fleet at the IRR enjoyed tight one-design racing, with 17 races over 3 days. The IC 24 places an open cockpit on the hull of a J/24. Only the jibs are used. It's become very popular in the Caribbean.