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Nassau Cup Victory
November 19, 2018
Chris and Karen Lewis’ J/44 Kenai had a fast race from Miami to Nassau this past weekend. This iconic race dates back to the 1930’s and takes competitors 160 miles across the gulf stream and down the Providence Channel. The course frequently requires tricky navigation close to shoals and through tough current.
This year transitioned from a slow to a fast race, with a frontal system overtaking the fleet several hours out from Miami and propelling them to Nassau. It ended with a fast run as shown above, with Kenai dousing her spinnaker to leeward of the Paradise Island Lighthouse. The hard work paid off with a division victory.
UK New York’s Emmett Dickheiser is a regular crew member, and is very familiar with the J/44 after maintaining it as a captain for several years. The whole team is fresh off of another J/44 North American Championship victory and is no stranger to the SORC series after winning the Nassau Cup in 2016 as well as the Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race overall in ORC.
Kenai was powered with a UK Titanium Mainsail and Light #1 that helped keep the boat moving in the light air that prevailed over the race start. Waking up at 4 A.M. on day two, most of the crew remembers seeing the navigation lights of the TP52 fleet only 2-4 miles ahead.
This victory poises Kenai to be a leader in the Islands in the Stream Series as it develops over the winter. The next race is on December 6th from Miami to West Palm Beach, also known as the Wirth Munroe or “Buffet” race.