Congratulations to Lindsey Duda's Santa Cruz 52 SIN DUDA! taking PHRF line honors in the 811-mile Pineapple Cup, which goes from Miami to Montego Bay, Jamaica. After leading the race for most of the way, the wind gods scrambled the results a bit by placing a wind hole in the middle of the course.
“We saw a wide array of conditions on our on our run Montego Bay,” said boat owner and skipper Lindsey Duda. “We started in a strong southerly with big waves as we crossed the Gulf Stream on our easterly first leg. Once we got closer to Long Island, things calmed down and we saw light, shifty (NW/NE) winds and a lot of rain. The winds picked back up to about 25 knots as we worked our way around Cuba and through the Windward Passage (between Cuba and Hispaniola) only to have the wind shut off again on the final leg toward Jamaica.
“It’s always frustrating to be in a situation on the course where you're hoping for something to happen (and that’s never a good strategy) -- but in this case we were trying to stay as close to rhumbline as possible and hoping for the typical trades to come in strong before the rest of the fleet could eat too much into our lead. Unfortunately the wind didn't come soon enough. However we were pretty stoked to get ‘brochure’ conditions (ie: no rain, sunny, windy, lots of surfing) Thursday morning coming into Jamaica under the A4.”
Lindsey was thrilled with the team’s finish. The Chicago-based team was especially delighted to be out of the frigid polar vortex that froze their hometown and Lake Michigan.
SIN DUDA! is powered by a complete UK Sailmakers inventory including Uni-Titanium upwind sails and Matrix spinnakers. Lindsey said, “It’s nice to know that our sails were the least of our worries when sailing in 30-35 knots of wind. We saw a little bit of everything in this race. We literally went through our entire sail inventory and there isn’t one that we don’t like.”
This race is part of a season of great races. In 2018 SIN DUDA! raced the TransPac from Los Angeles to Honolulu and in the middle of February they will compete in the Caribbean 600, a 630-mile race that starts and finishes in Antigua.