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''The Great Yacht Race'' is a novel by Jamaican author Creator/AnthonyWinkler, published in 1992.

The setting is 1955, in Montego Bay, St. James. A member of the local BlueBlood community has been murdered, throwing the city in an uproar. His murderer, Elijah Lewis, is quickly caught, but tension hangs in the air as the townspeople wonder aloud how soon he'll be executed. This happens around the same time when the annual yacht race is scheduled to take place, and a number of the participants are already gearing themselves up for the event.

The story focuses on five characters in particular: Edward "Fritzie" Fitzpatrick, a barrister, the reigning champion of the regatta and the local JerkAss; William Anwgin, the magistrate; Alexander Biddle, the court reporter; Tyrone O'Hara, a hotelier; and [[ChristianityIsCatholic Father Christopher Huck,]] who provides counsel to his parishioners while trying to cope with his crusade to save Lewis from the gallows and control [[CovertPervert his own secret sexual fantasies]].

!!Tropes present in ''The Great Yacht Race:''
* AffablyEvil: Fritzie. He's highly disliked by the rest of Montego Bay's male populace because he's a SmugSnake and AmoralAttorney, but he's still quite sociable.
* AllMenArePerverts: Fritzie again.
* AmoralAttorney: Fritzie, once more. He once managed to convince a client, who was clearly guilty of murder, to wring some sympathy out of the jury by faking tears using an onion, thus reducing his potential sentence.
* AxCrazy: Elijah Lewis.
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:Alexander Biddle and Winnie Leewong have one. So do Iris, the Angwins’ children, and the O'Haras]].
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: The information given to the reader about Elijah Lewis's back-story makes it seem so. For one thing, he was cruelly treated while he was in prison, prior to his going mad.
* BerserkButton: Mother Laidlaw does not take kindly to being told that African ancestry runs in her family. [[DisproportionateRetribution She WILL make you pay for it]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: After campaigning to get Elijah Lewis's death penalty revoked, and failing in the process, Father Huck [[HeroicBSOD breaks down crying in Missus Grandison's arms]]...then the next Sunday he [[MoodWhiplash lets loose]] with a '''SAVAGE''' FireAndBrimstoneHell sermon that convinces hardened sinners in the congregation to change their ways, and for the rest of the novel he drops several not-so-subtle hints in his sermons that Magistrate Angwin knows are meant for him (because Angwin was the one who pronounced the death penalty in the first place).
* BigEater: Father Huck, an American, has an intense craving for Jamaican food, as noted by Fritzie. His housekeeper, Missus Grandison, facilitates this, and at one point she convinces him to eat a whole chicken simply because she believes a man must be well-fed.
* BigFancyHouse: Most of the characters possess one.
* ButtMonkey: Two examples in O'Hara and Magistrate Angwin.
** O'Hara's wife Roxanne, who's physically bigger than he is, frequently beats him up; he's manipulated by his maid Iris, with whom he's having an affair; and the stress of keeping said affair from his wife makes him a nervous wreck.
** Magistrate Angwin is this every year during the yacht race, always having to forfeit due to some mishap with his boat.
* TheCasanova: Fritzie, once more. Or at least, he'd like to think so.
* ChekhovsGun: Early in the novel, Fritzie has a quickie ([[SpeedSex literally so]]) with the O'Haras' maid Iris, establishing him as a CasanovaWannabe. [[spoiler:Much later, after Iris gets pregnant and has had her baby, Roxanne O'Hara takes one look at the child and realizes that the baby is Fritzie's, motivating her husband Tyrone to challenge Fritzie in the regatta--especially because he'd thought all along that the baby was his and had sought Fritzie's help to get Iris out of his life, for a fee]].
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Father Huck.
* CovertPervert: Both Father Huck and his maid Missus Grandison, though neither is aware of the other’s thoughts [[spoiler:until the end of the story]]. Fritzie suspects his secretary, Lilly Perkins, of being this, what with her antics with him during their trysts together.
* DeadpanSnarker: Both Fritzie and Alexander Biddle are this.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: The aim of all the regatta competitors is to dethrone Fritzie, the reigning champion--to the point that they don't even care who wins, as long as it's not ''him.''
* TheDeterminator: O'Hara during the yacht race.
* [[DirtyOldMonk Dirty Old Priest]]: Father Huck considers himself one, due to his persistent sexual fantasies.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Charlene Angwin tells one of the Laidlaw brothers that he has African ancestry, due to his brown skin. When Mother Laidlaw learns of this, in revenge she spreads a malicious rumor that Charlene is having an affair with Tyrone O'Hara, a rumor that nearly destroys the Angwins' marriage. [[spoiler:After she confesses this to Father Huck, he has to break his vow of confidentiality in order to save the Angwins from divorcing]].
* DistantFinale: The story's epilogue takes place twenty-four years after the main plot, and outlines, through a conversation between a bartender, a minister, and a white expatriate, [[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue what has happened to the main characters and their children]].
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Iris sexually assaults O’Hara at one point, but the trope is subverted in that it's not treated as an okay thing. [[spoiler:Played straight with Missus Grandison pulling it on Father Huck]].
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Fritzie is notorious in town for this. [[spoiler:He ends up dying this way]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Fritzie is randomly selected to be Elijah Lewis’s defense attorney at his trial. Fritzie, who honestly believes Lewis deserves the gallows, sees it as a hypocrisy for him to represent the murderer.
* EvilMatriarch: Mother Laidlaw.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: The Angwins and O'Haras do. [[spoiler:And Father Huck and his maid later]].
* HappilyMarried: Magistrate Angwin and his wife Charlene.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Alexander Biddle]].
* ImmodestOrgasm: Lilly Perkins, Fritzie’s secretary, has these constantly when they’re together, much to his chagrin.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: During a social get-together, Charlene insists that most of the dark-skinned persons present have some traces of African ancestry, only stopping when Magistrate Angwin glares at her (and even then, she's still confused at the negative reactions). Being a Scottish foreigner by birth and upbringing, she doesn't realize that this is a very touchy issue for Jamaicans ([[TruthInTelevision as it was during the 1950s]]); indeed, it causes a great deal of rage in Roxanne, who's Trinidadian by birth, and it triggers Mother Laidlaw's BerserkButton when she finds out her sons were looped into that description as well.
* ItsPersonal: O'Hara's participation in the regatta becomes this when he realizes [[spoiler:that his maid's newborn child is actually Fritzie's]].
* JerkAss: Primarily Fritzie, but also Magistrate Angwin and Alexander Biddle.
* LargeHam: Fritzie, whenever he's in court.
* MalignedMixedMarriage: Charlene's mother was not supportive of her daughter marrying Magistrate Angwin, a black man and (at the time) an up-and-coming barrister. Charlene's father, on the other hand, didn't care, since his daughter was at least marrying ''somebody''.
* ManipulativeBastard: Fritzie has O'Hara pay him the standard lawyer's fee to make Iris sign an agreement that she'll leave Montego Bay and have the baby she's carrying for O'Hara. It later becomes a source of rage for O'Hara when, upon being paid a surprise visit by Iris with her newly-born child, he realizes that [[spoiler:the baby is actually Fritzie's from an earlier fling]].
* MamaBear: Mother Laidlaw is this for her sons. Simply put: do ''not'' mention any hint of their family having African ancestry [[{{Hypocrite}} even if it's true]].
* MenDontCry: In the epilogue, the minister is openly hostile toward the white expatriate for weeping publicly.[[note]]There's more to it, too--the expatriate is crying about how the social structure of Jamaica has changed in the twenty-plus years since he has been out of Jamaica, while the minister, a black man, is angry that the other man is longing for a system that essentially fostered the putting-down of the black race.[[/note]]
* ParentalAbandonment: Elijah Lewis.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Mother Laidlaw]].
* SexySecretary: Lilly Perkins.
* ShrinkingViolet: Winnie Leewong, [[CharacterDevelopment at least at first]].
* SleepingWithTheBoss: Barrister Fitzpatrick sleeps with his secretary Lilly, and the hotelier O'Hara is carrying on a secret affair with his maid Iris. [[spoiler:Father Huck later gets it on with his housekeeper, Missus Grandison]].
* StockForeignName: Winnie Leewong, Alexander Biddle's girlfriend.
* SuspiciouslySpecificSermon: Following his HeroicBSOD, Father Huck starts preaching a lot of angry sermons about hellfire, with the intended moral that God is merciful to those who are merciful, getting lost in the FireAndBrimstoneHell-themed speeches--and all of it is directed right at Magistrate Angwin because of his refusal to go back on the death penalty he imposed on the mad Elijah Lewis.
* {{Tsundere}}: Roxanne O'Hara.
* TheVamp: Iris, the O’Haras’ maid.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Why Magistrate Angwin married Charlene. There's a (sort of) justification for this--his ancestors were white plantation owners, but one of his direct patriarchal ancestors had a fling with a black woman, "tarnishing" the bloodline as a result. The magistrate's relatives joke that his marrying Charlene allowed him to "put a little cream in his coffee," the deeper meaning of which is lost on her.
* YourCheatingHeart: Fritzie and O'Hara cheat on their wives; the former with his secretary, the latter with his maid. [[spoiler:Fritzie's wife returns the favor]].