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"Take your time, nice and slow," said our captain ever time anybody stepped on the dinghy, and it soon became the motto of Bonac Witch, a Moorings 4300 catamaran that served as one of the spectator boats for the 24th annual Highland Spring HIHO Regatta in the British Virgin Islands. For my girlfriend, Taylor, and me, taking it nice and slow was exactly what we
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As spectators, Taylor and I had plenty of downtime, which we used to the fullest. We couldn't get enough of the warm, clear water and spent every minute we could snorkeling or just bobbing around, trying to cool. off. I even tried windsurfing. I thought that, since I have pretty good balance and am a snowboarder, I'd get the hang of it right off the bat. Turns out it's a little tougher than just keeping your balance on a board; you have to deal with the whole wind thing. The wind blew me all over the place, and Julian had to come out in the dinghy to rescue me when I was being blown downwind and could not tack back up. Exhausted after twenty minutes, I called it quits.

"This year seemed better than ever," said Andy. "I think it's the dream of every windsurfer. It's 150 miles of fabulous windsurfing through the islands, and we were very lucky with the conditions." The conditions sure seemed to be ideal for the Brazilian pro windsurfer Wilhelm Schuman, who won each of the seven races and the event overall. Sixteen-year-old Cayman Islander Stuart Jennings gave Schuman and the rest of the competitors a fun for their money, coming in sixth (the top ten racers represented ten different countries).

I had a better time than I'd imagined possible watching an event I started out knowing nothing about and sailing among islands I had never visited before.

25th Anniversary HIHO, June 28-July 5, 2009; Go-HIHO.com; andy@go-hiho.com; 284-494-0337

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