Day two of the Manta Migration started off with a fantastic rigging clinic held by Pat Reischmann, the person most responsible for the success of the Manta sail and power cats. Pat did a great job and everyone came away from the session with a better understanding why our boats are rigged like they are and how to fine tune them for better performance.
Pat also brought along the drawings for the next generation of Manta Cats, the Manta 46. It’s still a concept, but based on the details shared, many were ready to place orders on the spot! Pat says IF he can get someone to build the boat, it will likely take 2-3 years to ramp up production, so there’s very little hope that we’ll have a 46 at the 2015 Migration!
After a quick lunch, we split up in to two groups and boarded Panagea, the Manta 44 Power Cat and another power cat that belonged to Doug, an ex-Manta owner. With Doug leading the way, we powered across the Sea of Abaco to Great Guana Cay and a trip to the world famous Nippers. This bar/restaurant is located on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic ocean. The drinks ore served strong and the beach is spectacular.
We made it back to Marsh Harbour just in time to enjoy a fantastic Rib Dinner at the Jib Room, where we discovered that at least one of the group has some hidden musical talents.
Tomorrow (4/3) we’ll race to Hope Town and have a pot luck dinner at Hope Town Marina. Wishing you all the best from the Abacos, Bahamas.