WATCHES FOR WINNERS: THE ANTIGUA SAILING WEEK 2012

For the second time now, the Dragon Fly Plus has won the Antigua Sailing Week in the CSA 2 class. Captain Frank Brown and his twelve-strong international crew won out over the course of seven races in five days. The race stayed exciting right up to the end, as radically changing conditions demanded full concentration from the entire crew—from gusty trade winds on the first day, tearing the Dragon Fly Plus's sail lengthwise, to an almost dead calm on the last day of the competition. 

 

Once again, the Leinfelder Meridian Antigua, the casually elegant sailing chronograph by Leinfelder Uhren München, was a crucial piece of equipment. “The long push-pieces allow precise handling even in difficult situations,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich L. Rohde, principal owner of the watch manufacture and a passionate watch aficionado himself. “In one race, our winning lead was only 27 seconds, which means that a precise timepiece is an invaluable tool for the whole crew.” Viewed in cross-section, the unique design of the watch case is reminiscent of the column capitals of Antiquity with their flowing contours and elegant curves. To create the gold blank, Martin Mandl, CEO of Leinfelder Uhren München, developed a data set with more than a million commands for a state-of-the-art simultaneous 5-axis milling machine. With finest craftsmanship, the goldsmith then put the finishing touches to the watch. (Price on request) 

 

The Antigua Sailing Week, one of the most famous regattas in the world, took place for the 45th time from April 29 to May 4, 2012. As in previous years, this oldest Caribbean sailing regatta off the Leeward Islands drew sailors from around the globe and sailing yachts between 24 and 100 feet in length to the historical English and Falmouth harbors on Antigua. Around 115 yachts signed up for the Antigua Sailing Week, which traditionally marks the end of the Caribbean regatta season.