EL OCASO WINS THE LORD NELSON TROPHY Tuesday 8th May 2012
El Ocaso crew receiving the Lord Nelson Trophy from Governor General, Dame Louise Agnetha Lake-Tack Photo by Ted Martin/photofantasyantigua
At the Final Awards Ceremony in Nelson's Dockyard, Richard Wesslund's J/120 El Ocaso was awarded the Lord Nelson Trophy for the best overall performance of any yacht during Antigua Sailing Week 2012.
El Ocaso scored seven straight wins in CSA 4 but it was far from easy. Most of the races were decided by less than a minute and on several occasions just a few seconds. El Ocaso is based in Florida but the crew comes from all over the United States; San Francisco, Nevada, Wisconsin and Florida. El Ocaso has had a fantastic Caribbean season winning regattas in St. Maarten, BVI and finally Antigua.
"It has been our best season ever and winning The Lord Nelson Trophy really caps it off," said El Ocaso's Richard Wesslund. "This has been the most competitive regatta by far, we have been pushed hard in every race, often winning by just a fraction of a second. Every year, the crew vote on the events we will compete in and Antigua Sailing Week was top of the list. The race and shoreside management has been absolutely first class, which is so important. I would like to offer my congratulations to the management team of Antigua Sailing Week, they have put on a fantastic event."
Chairman of Antigua Sailing Week's Regatta Organising Committee, Kathy Lammers, is keen to get the views of everyone who has been involved with the regatta:
"This is the second year of race management for the current Antigua Sailing Week Regatta Organising Committee and I'm confident that we're on the right track with the direction we're moving in. The final awards ceremony was an excellent opportunity to speak with many of the competitors and I am delighted to report that without exception, everyone I spoke with was very positive about the changes we've made.
We realize that sailors come from all over the world and give up a lot of their leisure time to be here so we are determined to deliver top quality racing combined with enjoyable social events when the day's racing is over. We would like to receive feedback from everyone about all aspects of Antigua Sailing Week 2012 - not just the skippers and owners but everyone who participated in any aspect of the event. Next week we will be sending out an online feedback questionnaire to everyone on our mailing list. If we don't get in touch with you, please contact us with your feedback by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the date: 2013 Antigua Sailing Week will be held between 28 April - May 3.
Richard Wesslund and crew of J/120 El Ocaso with The Hon. Dr. Winston Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda and Minister of Culture, The Hon. Eleston Adams
Credit: Ted Martin/Photofantasyantigua.zenfolio.com
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