Exciting Chiloe Santander Regatta in Chile

The archipelago of Chiloé in the southern region of Chile known famously as Patagonia has been the site of the event called the "Regata de Chiloe" (Chiloe Regatta) that takes place every two years. The boats and crews all convene in Puerto Montt, then head south toward the archipelago. For a week, more than 800 sailors gather together for lots of sailing and socializing. There are more than 200 miles of racing in eight legs. This year, the regatta started in Castro, the main island in the Chiloe archipelago. Then, for seven days the sailing teams and their ‘mother ships’ meandered through the channels, straits and fiords that give form to the Chiloé Archipelago. The point-to-point coastal racing saw the boats visit anchorages and harbors in Dalcahue, Mechuque, Hornopirén and Calbuco and finished in Puerto Montt, where two windward-leeward buoy races where scheduled. Chiloé gave the fleet all the expected challenges. Crews had to deal with 90 degree wind shifts, calms, 30 knots gusts crossing the gulf, tide currents and shallow sea obstacles. From day one, the J/105 fleet saw GRAND SLAM, with Patricio Seguel at the helm, take a comfortable lead. Then, with three firsts in the five coastal races they finished with just 6 points net (including one toss race). The silver went to Rufino Melero’s RUFIAN with a 4-1-8-3-4 record for 12 points net. Then, rounding out the podium with the bronze was TRICALMA skippered by Claudio Leon, accumulating a 3-5-3-8-3 tally for 14 points net. Rounding out the top five for the J/105s were Miguel Perez’s RECLUTA in fourth place and Jose Manuel Ligarte’s SCIMITAR in fifth position. For more Santander Bank Regatta Chiloe information, visit http://www.regatachiloe.cl/.

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