Last post about boats that have done well and arrived among the first, even if these arrivals are separated by days : 5 days and 15 hours separates the first relatively small performance cruiser (a Marten 49) to the last sailboat I will post a Bavaria 47. But even so these are the first sailboats, if we consider the 250 boats, the Bavaria 47 is among the ones that arrived on the first third (or less) regarding all the boats.
This shot was taken when the Bavaria was entering. As you can see there are boats still nearer from Cabo Verde than to Sta Lucia
On the tail of the Transat among others we can find a Nauticat 42, a Island Packet 380, a Vand de Stadt 36, a nauticat 44, a trintella 57, all heavy boats, but curiously he can also find 5 big cats. It seems that this year's unusual upwind sailing on the transat was not good for the cats. I hope they all have plenty of water and food because it is going to be a Sloooooow transat for them.
So, continuing....several hours after that Southerly 42RS arrived another group leaded by a performance cruiser, a Grand Soleil 50 and very close another of those fast and beautiful medium weight XC 45, the second arriving mostly among performance cruisers or much bigger cruisers:
followed an older performance cruiser, a Swan 44MKII, a medium weight Moody 66 and an Arcona 400, a performance cruiser:
then a well sailed Finnish Bavaria 42:
and a Portuguese Dufour 40, a performance cruiser:
a big cat, a Privilege 55 and a well sailed Bavaria 40:
Some hours later arrived at almost the same time a performance cruiser with some years, a Sweden yacht 55, a fast cat, a Catana 431, a main market Dufour 375 GL:
a jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42:
a Grand Soleil 45 performance cruiser and the first sailboat with less than 30ft, a Pogo 8.50, also a performance cruiser:
some ours later and in another group a First 44.7, a Skye 51, another fast cat, a Catana 47, an Oyster 53 and another Dufour 40:
a Southerly 47, a Grand Soleil 46, a Sweden yacht 45 and a Bavaria 47.
As I said these are just the first third, or less than that, that arrived first. Most of the boats are still days, some a week or more away.
Conclusions: Lots's of "marina" boats
among the first and also many mass production inexpensive cruisers and performance cruisers.
Very few older boats among the first with exception of some Swan or other once fast performance cruisers that here showed a similar performance to mass production main market inexpensive cruising boats of the same size.
The Cats had an overall poor performance, maybe because this year the trade winds did not show as usual and there was considerable upwind sailing involved.