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BVI places second in annual Painkiller races

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The British Virgin Islands copped two second-place finishes in the annual Painkiller Cup held at White Bay in Jost Van Dyke on Saturday.

The event is a stand-up paddleboarding competition that features two categories – the main Painkiller race which is a downwind relay from Trellis Bay to Sandy Cay, and the Mini-Painkiller; a three-mile race from Sandy Cay to White Bay on Jost Van Dyke.

Team NSP from St Croix in the US Virgin (USVI) Islands took first place in the main race.

The winning team had placed second in previous years but managed to beat the competition to take home the win this time around.

However, team BVI comprising Brian Duff, Saski Lang, and Josh Morrell was not far behind the winners to take the second spot.

“It was a great race… The wind was square on our back and the sea conditions were just big enough to catch waves but not too big to knock us down. The finish at Sandy Cay was a little tricky in the growing ground sea,” said Morrell after competing.

A team from St Thomas in the USVI placed third.

BVI dominates Mini-Painkiller

In the individual Mini-Painkiller race comprising 35 competitors, the BVI took second and third place finishes respectively.

The local duo is Lee Donovan and Ewout France. They finished behind John Sloan of Atlanta, Georgia in the United States.

The BVI took eight of the top-ten positions in that event, with Natalie Sims from Tortola placing sixth overall to be named the top female finisher.

According to a media release, this year’s event included community service efforts which involved participants collecting hurricane debris on Sandy Cay.

Participants also planted coconut trees on White Bay after the event.

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  1. Retired says:

    Congratulations to the organizers and participants for making this annual event happen this January despite the storms of 2017. It’s encouraging to read that local BVI paddling teams and individuals were so competitive this year. Hopefully some prize money will be restored to the 2019 event/race.

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