Following a cancellation of the first day’s racing, the Royal Yacht Squadron’s Bicentenary International Regatta kicked off yesterday, on July 28, 2015. Gusts of up to 30 knots were recorded on a breezy start line.
“We crossed the start line doing 24 knots’ boat speed,” said Terry Hutchinson, tactician onboard the Class 1 winner, sailing yacht Bella Mente. “We had a great race, and it was all down to how the guys handled the boat. We have some great talent on board including Ado Stead and Ian Moore. The Solent is a challenging place to sail.”
Despite Bella Mente’s amazing speeds at the start, superyacht Rambler 88 overshadowed the entire fleet with the highest recorded speed of the day. This impressive vessel managed to take the lead during the first leg, and went on to complete the 22 mile course in one and a half hours.