Why Banjo sailed so fast: it was being chased by a bagpiper

Banjo, photographed by Jan Theron

Banjo, photographed by Jan Theron

The yacht Banjo became the first to reach St Helena in the Governor’s Cup yacht race at 17:35:24 local time on New Year’s Day. A detailed report will follow later. Chasing yacht Sandpiper 2 was expected at around midday on 2 January 2012.

Paul Tanner of Sandpiper 2 told race journalist Sue Pelling that after being kept occupied with electrical problems, he was looking forward to an ice-cold beer at the finish. “The rest of the crew say they are also looking forward to a shower, and female company,” he said.

“On a lighter note, I play the bagpipes, so one could say the highlight has been a duel between bagpipes and Banjo.”

He did not say whether he would be playing in the bows when Sandpiper 2 crosses the finishing line. Maybe it was the very thought of that prospect that kept the Banjo crew working hard to get away from their close rival.

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