Received an email
regarding the Staniel Cay New Year's regatta
. From the owners of "Out Of The Bag" an Oram 44C.
" Sorry it is a bit belated, but Happy New Year to you and family
> > We are in the Bahamas
after having cruised up to Maine
. Lots warmer here!
> > Unfortunately laid up in hospital again but prognosis good.
> > Thought we would let you know that Out of the Bag won one of the major
> > regattas held here in the Bahamas
. On New Years Day, the 39th Staniel Cay
> > New Years Day Regatta
took place with 20 entries including 3 multihulls
> > (OOTB, a lightweight 50ft Schonning and a 48ft Leopard). It was conducted
> > over a 12 mile course (2 x triangles) comprising 4 windward beats and 2
> > dead proud runs with wind
blowing 18-20 knots. It was definitely a mono
> > course - only monos have previously won the regatta. The rules state the
> > winner is the first boat across the finish line.
> > With two reefs
in the main and a no 3 jib
(up to one reef & no 3 jib
> > the first triangle) OOTB annihilated all the opposition even lapping two
> > monohulls. With the apparent wind
speed registering up to 28 knots we
> > blitzed the local favorite 55 ft racing
mono as we constantly sat on 11-12
> > knots to windward, outpointing all others whilst sailing comfortably and
> > not overstressing OOTB. The next boat to finish was the Schonning, some 3
> > miles astern, just in front of the big mono (the Leopard
> > mid-fleet). Were the monos whinging!
> > OOTB continues to amaze me, being quick, yet still stable and safe with
> > two reefs
and a small jib. She amazed every other boat in the regatta with
> > everyone commenting on how easily we won the event. I know there were a
> > few owners searching the net for Bob Oram designs for quite a few days later.
> > It surprises me the number of people who comment on the one daggerboard
> > asking, "don't you sail round in circles?"
> > There are some photos on the Staniel Cay Yacht Club's web site but they
> > refer to us as Out of the Box. Oh well. You'll see just what a small
> > manageable rig we had."