Big congrats to April Zilg and her team mates in this year’s Painkiller Cup downwind race in the British Virgin Islands!!
Here’s the recap from the race organizers:
The “East Coast, Always Right” team comprising of Garrett Fletcher, April Zilg and Brian Meyer made short work of the 2017 Painkiller Cup race in the British Virgin Islands over the weekend. The trio led the race from the start and charged down the 14-mile course from Trellis Bay on Beef Island to the finish at the World famous Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke Island in a winning time of 2 hours and 50 minutes.
Thirteen teams competed in the event which offered $10,000 in prize money. The Fletcher/Zilg/Meyer trio bagged a $5,000 first place prize, plus an additional $500 for winning the first leg to the Guana Island cut.
Second overall in a time of 3 hours and 1 minute went to the Spacekraft team of Bill Kraft, Jeramie Vaine and Mariecarmen Rivera. Spacekraft earned $2,500 for their efforts.
Third place was taken by the inspired P2P team from Wrightsville Beach, NC. The team collected a payout of $1,250.
It was a close race for 4th with the Fault Tolerant Team duking it out with Team Bluerush. Team BVI was in the mix but slipped back by mid-race. Bluerush pulled ahead in the end but accepted a 1-place penalty leave Fault Tolerant in 4th.
Conditions for the race were out of the ordinary with a light North wind giving way to glassy conditions by the middle of the race. As the racers approached the finish a West wind sprang up offering a headwind for the last 1-2-miles of paddling.
The event format calls for 3-person teams with at least one female paddler. The team rotates paddlers every 25-minutes during the race.
The Painkiller Cup also features a shorter race called the Mini-Painkiller Cup which starts on Sandy Cay and paddles the 2.5-miles to the finish at the Soggy Dollar Bar. Adam Thill took top honors with Chris Cillier in 2nd and Paul D’Aloisio in 3rd.
The event was sponsored by the Soggy Dollar Bay who put up the $10,000 prize money. Additional sponsors re HIHO, The Moorings, Lemon & Line and Island Time Powerboat Rentals.
In addition to prize money racers received original trophies made by St John SUPer Nat Ford, and Lemon & Line bracelets.