It’s been an exciting few months and so we thought we would share what’s been going on. From Baraka’s offshore racing campaigns to Pata Negra’s Transatlantic, it’s been a busy period for us and it only looks set to get busier.

Keep reading to find out what we’ve been up to!

Pata Negra’s Atlantic Summer

Pata Negra took part in the Newport Bermuda Race in June, known to many as the ‘Thrash to The Patch’.  Onboard were a team from the Russian Offshore Racing Club, SeaVentus. Only the 2nd Russian team to have entered the event. With a wind shut out mid race the race restarted, to the detriment of Pata Negra and her crew.

Pata Negra is currently taking part in the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta, from Bermuda to Hamburg. With just under 300nm to go, she’s currently 4th in IRC One.

Baraka’s Offshore Racing Success

Baraka is having a very busy summer, competing in all the offshore racing the Solent has to offer. The DeGraff family finished 1st in class in the Morgan Cup Race to Dartmouth and 2nd in class in the Myth of Malham Race. After the Morgan Cup Race, Baraka headed to Wicklow, to take part in the Volvo Round Ireland Race.

The Volvo Round Ireland is one of the great classic offshore races, it is a little bit longer than other classics, a little more difficult and the conditions can be a little more unpredictable.

Niall and his team pushed hard from the start, focusing on sailing the boat fast and they were leading the fleet by a few miles. On the final evening Niall and crew manage to keep Baraka moving as the winds softened and avoided the total wind shutout, which left the fleet behind her drifting. This allowed Baraka to extend a slender lead of a few miles to an outstanding lead of 90 miles on the water to the next boat by the finish. This was a tremendous result for Baraka and the team onboard.

Victory for Baraka in the Volvo Round Ireland – 1st Overall!

Victory for Baraka
Baraka is now back in the Solent preparing for the Sevenstar Round  Britain and Ireland Race in August!

Katsu’s Mediterranean Campaign

This summer, Katsu has been on charter in Italy with Team Lisa, and has completed in the Lunga Bolina, Rolex Capri Sailing Week, the Miglia 151 and the Five Lighthouses Regatta.

Sailing under the name ‘Red Lisa’, she placed 7th in the Rolex Capri Sailing Week and received Line Honours in La Lunga Bolina, as well as placing 5th overall and 3rd in class at the Miglia 151 in Italy.

Round The Island Race

In what many are calling one of the most challenging and slowest races on record, the 87th edition of the Round the Island Race did not disappoint. PYC had three boats on the water; Venomous, a CM 60 sailing under the name “Cloudy Bay”, a MOD 70 Concise Fling and Dusty P, a First 40.

The foiling MOD 70 Concise Fling, with Irvine Laidlaw on the helm, crossed the finish line at 15:14:09 with an elapsed time of 8:34:09, making this one of the slowest line honours times recorded in the race’s history, more than six hours than it took them last year when they broke the multihull record.

After a fantastic sunrise the crew on Cloudy Bay, including Ben Fogle, were pleased to find some breeze on the beat to the Needles which was followed by an enjoyable spinnaker run down the back of the island. They eventually finished the race in 10:15:00

The last PYC boat to finish was Dusty P, finishing in 11:18:18. The crew travelled from China specially for this event, and invited Chinese Olympian Lijia Xu to sail with them.

Redeye Challenges at the Dubarry Women’s Open Keelboat Championship

The Dubarry Women’s Open Keelboat Championship is a popular and fun weekend regatta supporting female sailors. The racing is serious and competitive, the frocks and flip-flops party? Unmissable, and the atmosphere both on and off the water is fun and friendly. All teams must compete with a fully female crew.

A team on board Redeye (J105) took part this year at the start of June, and whilst they did not win, they had a fantastic time taking part and the sun certainly shone on their weekend of racing!