Wednesday, February 28, 2007

J/120 'Carinthia' Wins Pineapple Cup

Montego Bay, Jamaica - J/120 Carinthia, with an all Bayview, MI crew led by owner Frank Kern, won the overall award in the 2007 Pineapple Cup - Montego Bay race. This classic ocean race is run biennially (on the odd year) under the management of a joint race committee of the Storm Trysail Club, the Montego Bay Yacht Club and the Jamaica Yachting Association. The course from Florida, through the islands of the Bahamas and the Windward Passage to Montego Bay is a classic beat, reach and run, providing different challenges and conditions along the route. Frequently called "ocean racing's most complete test", the "MoBay" Race stretches the seamanship and navigational skills of even the most experienced blue water sailors.

Frank, Colleen and the boys beat an impressive combined PHRF & IRC fleet including several new racing machines like Sjambok, Titan, Blue Yankee and a host of others. Trophies awarded to the Carinthia crew included the Arawak Trophy for the PHRF division win, the Navigators Trophy won by navigator Erik Ryan, and the Pineapple Cup itself for the overall win. Most satisfying to the crew and skipper is the picture that will go on the wall of the club with some great sailors and boats that have won this race before such as Escapade, Tenacious (Ted Turner), Kialoa, Stormy Petrol, and Zephyrus V.... Final Result: 1st in PHRF, 1st Overall .

For a more complete read on the J/120 adventure please visit the Carinthia blog... results can be found at