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REGATTA DAY TWO: WINDS TEST BOATS AND CREWS

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Strong winds, broken masts and bruised crews: The second day of racing in the Vitel Cellular St. Croix International Regatta Saturday gave sailors a little bit of everything.
The heavy 25-knot winds in the morning took their toll on the fleet, with Goldeneye being dismasted and Three Little Pigs breaking its rudder. Torn sails and bruised crews were common until the wind eased up at the start of the second race. At that point, crews scrambled to put up bigger sails.
In racing class A, Twister had a good day with first and second place finishes.
Umakua had a third and a fourth. Fastidiots took a second and third while Rushin' Rowlette posted a first and fourth. With one day left, the class is tight as only two points separate four boats after four races.
Magnificent 7 won both races in Class B Saturday, placing them one point behind Jersey Devil, which had a second and a third. Sorceress, with a fourth and second, is solidly in third in the class.
The Melges 24 class saw Marriot Frenchman's Reef continue its winning streak with two firsts. Trust Bank was second twice, and Carib Mantra third.
In Class D, jib and main, Pipe Dream won both races. Tempest had two thirds, Diva a second and a fifth, and Annick II a second and fourth. The other jib and main class, Class E, saw One Wing win both races, with Windflower second.
In the multihull class, Charis won both races, as Three Little Pigs had rudder problems and was forced to retire.
For complete regatta results, see the St. Croix Yacht Club website: http://www.stcroixyc.org/index.html.

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