Just a week after placing 1st in class at the St. Thomas International Regatta, Nala faced off against the toughest competitors in the Offshore Multihull class at the BVI Spring Regatta. The light air regatta provided Nala and crew with new challenges; after a few adjustments Nala found her groove and finished the regatta strong, landing in 2nd place overall, ahead of an Outremer 5x, three Gunboat 60s, the supercharged Gunboat 66 Extreme H20 and behind the always formidable Gunboat 62 Elvis.
Gino Morrelli's report from the Nanncy Cay Cup:
BVI Spring Regatta Report:
March 28, 2017 - Nanny Cay Cup
Short course. 11nm. 7-10 kts TWS @205. Smooth water.
HH66 Nala, GB66 Extreme H2O, Kelsall 47 Triple Jack, Irens designed GB60 Arethusa, Outremer 5X Dominator
We on HH66-03 Nala got a good starboard tack pin end start to leeward and ahead of H20 with our J1. H20 were hampered by a daggerboard issue but slowly rolled us but tacked away. They found a bit more pressure on the right. Corinthian owner driver Jim Vos steered HH66 Nala all the way around the course. The 3.5 nm beat to Pelican Island was in 7-10 kts of breeze. We rounded 4 min back of Extreme H20. We reached the 2 nm to Flannigan Island and rounded second with Triple Jack third, Arethusa fourth and Dominator fifth.
We set our R1 reacher and headed back to Pelican. We made up some ground on H20 with better sail choice it seemed. Re-rounded Pelican island and headed back to Flannigan with our J1. Once clear, we beared away and set our A4 and chased after H20 back to Nanny Cay. At times sailing lower and faster. Results can be found on line. We finished 5:01 min behind H20 after 113 min of sailing or approx 4.4% .
Interesting for Nala is most of the time delta with Extreme H2O occurred on the first beat. Approx 4 min of the 5 min delta....