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Bitter End Pro Am Regatta 2011
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Nov 1, 2011, 9:38 AM

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Virgin Gorda, BVI (October 30, 2011) - It was another perfect day in paradise as 47 teams lined up in the qualifying rounds of the Gill-sponsored Scuttlebutt Sailing Club Championship at the Bitter End Yacht Club.

For both the morning and afternoon flights, there was bright sun, flat water, with breeze in the mid-teens as the competitors raced in Hobies, Lasers, Rhodes 19s and Hunter 21s for the eight spots in the club championship that takes place in IC 24s on Thursday.

The Gill SSC Championship is being held in conjunction with the 25th Annual BEYC Maclaren Pro-Am, where the resort guests crew for the invited skippers that include Anna Tunnicliffe, Ed Baird, Zack Railey, Dave Ullman, Andrew Campbell and Peter Holmberg. -

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Nov 1, 2011, 9:39 AM

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Virgin Gorda, BVI (October 31, 2011) - Who'd have thunk it? The 2011 Scuttlebutt Sailing Club Offshore Champion is ... Tom Leweck - the original curmudgeon and creator of the Scuttlebutt e-mail newsletter.

Leweck won the title at the Bitter End Yacht Club's annual Defiance Day Regatta which takes the fleet on a series of middle distance races from the BVI's North Sound to The Baths on Virgin Gorda, and back. Sailing a Leopard 45 catamaran, Leweck and his crew of BEYC guests took line and corrected time honours on both legs of the event.

Maclaren Pro-Am skipper Ed Baird won the one design class that sailed Sunsail 384 catamarans in the regatta, while UK one design champion Matt Burge won a tie-breaker in the competitive IC24 class for the class victory in this Caribbean championship.

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Nov 2, 2011, 9:55 AM

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Virgin Gorda, BVI (November 2, 2011) - The normally reliable North Sound trade winds took the day off on Tuesday for the first eight races of the Maclaren Pro-Am Regatta at the Bitter End Yacht Club - replaced by "lake-sailing" conditions with 40, 50, and 60 degree wind shifts. "We quickly learned how to execute a smooth auto-tack," explained BEYC guest Robin Stout who crewed for Ed Baird on his IC24 for several of those races.

Auto-tacking wind shifts was obviously a successful strategy - Baird won four of the eight races to take a four point lead over Andrew Campbell, a Pro-Am first timer. Campbell seemed very patient and completely comfortable in the fluky conditions, taking two bullets and top three finishes in half of the races. Olympic medallists Zach Railey and Anna Tunnicliffe, in third and fourth place respectively, are also very much in the hunt.

Event participants on Wednesday enjoyed a layday trip to Anegada to do a little beachcombing and snorkeling, but will return to the race course on Thursday for more fleet racing before the match racing championship on Friday.

1. Ed Baird, 20
2. Andrew Campbell, 24
3. Zach Railey, 32
4. Anna Tunnicliffe, 34
5. David Ullman, 42
6. Peter Holmberg, 43
7. Matt Burge, 43
8. Tom Lee, 50 now has Pro Am & Defiance Day photos posted:

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Nov 3, 2011, 3:05 PM

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Virgin Gorda, BVI (November 3, 2011) - The race committee at the Bitter End YC's Maclaren Pro-Am regatta was only able to complete one race today, a result of a huge rain cell that put on a spectacular light show, providing the dense island vegetation with a heavy watering ... and totally sucking all of the wind out of the North Sound.

With amateur guests crewing onboard the IC24s, Anna Tunnicliffe won the short, shifty single sausage affair, which moved her into third place, while Ed Baird solidified his overall lead with a second place finish. The six teams that qualified to race in the Gill Scuttlebutt Sailing Club Championship finals never left the marina. Sadly, no wind meant there will be no SSC champion this year.

So, with a free afternoon, BEYC staged a Laser exhibition - the "Rock and Roll Relay." It was a team race with Ed Baird and Anna Tunnicliffe challenging Andrew Campbell and his partner Zach Railey. Rule 42 was ignored - all manner of kinetics were allowed, encouraged and very necessary in the no-wind conditions.

Any hope of the Railey/Campbell team prevailing were dashed when Andrew Campbell capsized on the opening leg while doing an overly aggressive rocking maneuver...and lost his daggerboard in the process. As a result, Anna Tunnicliffe had a sizable lead when she turned over her Laser to teammate Ed Baird, who had no trouble holding off the charging Zach Railey in front of a cheering crowd of appreciative fans.

The Maclaren Pro-Am concludes on Friday with three scheduled fleet races in the morning before match racing finals in the afternoon.

Maclaren Pro Am standings
1. Ed Baird, 22 points
2. Andrew Campbell, 28
3. Anna Tunnicliffe, 35
4. Zach Railey, 38
5. Peter Holmberg, 46
6. Dave Ullman, 47
7. Matt Burge, 50
8. Tom Lee, 58

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Nov 5, 2011, 9:01 AM

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Virgin Gorda, BVI (November 4, 2011) - No matter how you look at it, the 25th running of the Bitter End YC's Maclaren Pro-Am Regatta was pretty much the Ed Baird show. Sailing IC24s, Baird comfortably won the 12-race fleet racing portion of the event with an eight point edge over Andrew Campbell. Because of previous travel commitments, Campbell could not stay for the match racing finals, so Anna Tunnicliffe, who was only a single point behind him, moved up to match race Baird for the championship. Baird was ahead at every mark in a one sided series (2-0) to claim the Pro-Am title for the seventh time.

In the Petite Finals, third place fleet racing finisher Zach Railey lost his opening match to Peter Holmberg, and was trailing on the run to the finish line in their second race when he caught a puff that avoided Holmberg. Railey won by perhaps a foot to set up the final and deciding race of their series. Race three was pretty much a mirror image of race two. Holmberg lead all the way around the course until a puff on the run to the finish line pushed Railey's bow out in front - this time by less than a foot - giving Railey third place in the regatta.

Dave Ullman finished the Maclaren Pro-Am in fifth place with the UK's Matt Burge taking sixth.

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