Through the foggy remnants of Tropical Storm Tomas, however, I caught glimpses of brilliant competition. During the regatta's fifth and final race—from Soper's Hole, Tortola, to Norman Island—a pack of boats separated from the fleet and engaged in a spirited battle. In search of current relief and better breeze, skippers Tom Babel (Larchmont winner), Russ Silvestri (Marblehead), Scott Whitney (San Francisco), and Mike Johnson (Seattle) short-tacked their Sunsail 39s up the north shore of St. John. "At one point, we were neck and neck with Russ Silvestri," says Babel. "Sure, we were tacking through 120 degrees, but I thought to myself, 'That's Russ Silvestri. He's working his juju on us, and we're working some of ours on him.' I mean, it doesn't get any better than that!"