With the Caribbean regatta season now well underway, the Oyster 100 sailing yacht Sarafin is once again turning heads, placing second in her class in the prominent, early March Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta 2014. The popular race was hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s exclusive new facility in the breath-taking Caribbean yacht charter location – Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.
Skippered for her Australian owners by regular captain Lachie Paramor, superyacht Sarafin fought a tough, keen battle, after two races tying first in Class C with the also Dubois designed 37-metre Fitzroy built charter yacht Moonbird, which scooping the third race squeezed Sarafin into a still proud second spot on the podium. A very good performance in a thrilling regatta with, in that last race particularly, some spectacular mark roundings. Sarafin is heading straight on to the St Barths Bucket for her next superyacht challenge.
Two weeks prior to the Loro Piana, the next in size Oyster 885-03 charter yacht Clare showed prowess, too, at the evergreen, ever popular St Maarten Heineken Regatta. With 210 entries split between 20 classes, there’s every level of competition and in Class CSA2 Clare was delighted to outsail two other 100 footers in the last two of her three races, picking up fourth in class. Building up from last summer’s launch and her maiden racing at the October Oyster Regatta Palma, Clare’s crew reported getting close to target speeds on all points, especially in 20 knots true when really tramping along.
Also racing at St Maarten were Oyster Lightwave 48 Scarlet Logic which, peaking early with a first in race one, went on to a still impressive third in CSA6, and in CSA8 Oyster 41 Avocet, sailed by owner John Slingerland, notched eighth, climbing after a compromised 13th in race one to fifth in the final encounter. A good all round performance from all… and well worthy of a Caribbean cheer.