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March 30th 2015. By Rupert Holmes.

Great images from the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2015

Combining perfect sailing conditions with a full social programme, the second edition of the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean, was held at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Virgin Gorda (BVI).

The second edition of the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean provided four sparkling days of racing in the stunning waters of the Virgin Gorda archipelago in the British Virgin Islands.

Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2015

Strong winds that were consistently above 20 knots provided challenging and exciting conditions for the 21-strong fleet, although two boats were consistently at the head of the pack. Photo Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi


Swan 80 Selene – Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2015

On corrected time, the Swan 80 Selene, from the Cayman Islands, dominated the five-strong Class A for yachts over 18.29m in length. She sailed a perfect regatta to win all four races on handicap. Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi


Swan 53 Music – Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2015

Winner of Class B was a British Boat with a South African crew, James Blakemore’s Swan 53 Music. After taking the runner’s up prize at the inaugural edition of the regatta two years ago, she revelled in the strong winds this year, storming to overall victory with a win in every race. Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi


Swan 90 Odin – Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2015

Tom Siebel’s Swan 90 Odin is a boat with an enviable number of regatta successes to her name and was the fastest competitor on the water this year, even though she failed to break through Selene’s dominance on corrected time. Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi


Swan 42 Kora 6 – Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2015

Second in Class B was the smallest boat at the regatta, Paolo Scerni’s American Swan 42, Kora 6, which finished six points behind Music. Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi


Swan 44 Triple Lindy – Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2015

Joe Mele’s American Swan 44 Triple Lindy may not have gained a place on the podium at the end of the regatta, but she was undeniably well sailed and made a spectacular sight running under a big spinnaker in the strong winds. Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi


Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2015: overall results


Class A

1.   Selene (CAY), Selene Management, 4 points

2.   Odin (CAY), Tom Siebel, 8 points

3.   Stark Raving Mad (USA), James C. Madden, 12 points


Class B

1.   Music (GBR), James Blakemore, 4 points

2.   Kora 6 (USA), Paolo Scerni, 10 points

3.   Jeroboam CA Nova (ITA), Vittorio Codecasa, 13 points


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Rupert Holmes has more than 70,000 miles of offshore cruising and racing experience, in waters ranging from the North Sea to the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn. He writes about all aspects of boat ownership and marine travel, including destinations, seamanship and maintenance, as well as undertaking regular new boat and gear tests. He currently sails around 5,000 miles per year and in the past couple of seasons has cruised from the UK to the Azores, as well as winning his class in the 2014 two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race. He also owns two yachts, one based in the Mediterranean and the other in the UK.