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WORLD traditional Techno boards. All racers are allowed a quiver of up to three sails to choose from, depending on wind conditions. The breeze was too fluky to race on day two, leaving everyone free time to snorkel, chill out, test-sail their rigs or peruse North Sound boutiques. But by day three wind conditions were ideal for the one-tack, 12-mile blast to remote Anegada Island. An anomaly among her mountainous sister isles, Anegada is a low-lying coral-formed crescent that's hard to see from the water until you're within spittin' distance of it. On a full plane in 14 to 16 knots of wind, the top riders covered the distance in under 40 minutes. But for some, the open-water crossing was truly a rite of passage. Our Aussie crewman,

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Monty, was so tired after his 2.5-hour ordeal that he couldn't raise his arms to wave hello when we saw him on the beach afterwards. St. Martin's Ricardy Maricel — who was strong enough to hold down a massive 11.8-square-meter sail in the 20-knot gusts — took line honors. A barbecued lobster dinner followed by dancing to a local band kept spirits high that night. In the morning, the windsurfers got a taste of yacht racing as the fleet raced 16 miles back to Virgin Gorda's idyllic Valley Trunk Bay, adjacent to the famous Baths. We managed to completely bungle our start, but fought our way back past

all but four boats to save face. NorCal skipper Bill Price of Fairfax took line honors aboard a Moorings 4700 cat. Later, the windsurfers followed a 14mile reaching course to Trellis Bay in 14 to 18 knots, while non-racers explored the boulder-strewn grottoes of The Baths and nearby Fallen Jerusalem island. That night's dinner and party capitalized on the Virgin Islands' most notorious historical characters: the pirates that plied these waters during the late 1700s and early 1800s. Virtually everyone — including British Naval officers — partied and danced in costume to a rockin' live band at Trellis Bay's Last Resort restau-

Clockwise from upper left: Racers study the day's course; lunch on the beach; Sebastian the wonder kid; taking a break at The Baths; racers sprint for the finish line flagpole; our champ, Susan, completes race six; racers take off like a rifle shot toward Trellis Bay. All photos Latitude/Andy

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Latitude 38 August 2009  

The August 2009 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 August 2009  

The August 2009 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.