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2005 VI Laser Champs

Shifty winds varying from 5 to 15 knots in absolutely every
direction plagued the 2005 VI Laser Champs. With Hurricane Maria to the north,
the seas leveled down to 1-2 feet and the winds created the platform for an
intelligent race. John Holmberg stated, “either
really light winds, where I can out maneuver the younger group with tactics or
really strong winds will be my strong suit.”  Holmberg placed 2nd in the
Master’s class.

Thomas
Barrows, the overall winner of the regatta, stated, “the
sailing conditions were ideal for me. The lighter winds really worked to my
advantage”. Barrows proved this by bulleting every race….even his
throw outs were first places. Bob Philips from Tortola sailed a solid second
place, third place was a consistent battle between St. Croix’s
Josh Curtis and St. Thomas’s
John Holmberg. Missed this year from the “VI Champs” were
St. Thomas’s Cy Thompson
and St. Croix’s Tim Pitts ….we look forward to them sailing
in next year’s event.

  
Laser Standard.

1
Thomas Barrows,
St. Thomas, USVI

2                   
2       
Robert Phillips, Tortola, BVI

3                   
3       
Josh Curtis, St. Croix, USVI

4                   
4       
John Holmberg, St. Thomas,
USVI

5                   
5       
Ryan Murphy, St. Croix, USVI

6                   
6       
Douglas DeRue,
St. Croix USVI

7                   
7       
Javan Cooper, Tortola,
BVI

Laser Radial

1.                 
Hugo Roller III, St.
John, USVI

2.                 
Emma Paul, Tortola,
BVI

3.                 
Sydney Jones, St. Croix,
USVI

4.                 
Felice Quigley,
St. Croix, USVI

5.                 
Chris Schreiber, St. Croix,
USVI

6.                 
Sam Woods, Tortola,
BVI

7.                 
Linda Phillips, Tortola,
BVI

Laser 4.7

1.                 
Gerard “Jae” Tonachel

2.                 
Morgan Bryan

3.                 
Mayumi Roller

The most competitive “place swapping” was going
on in the Radial fleet, with only 6 points between 1st and 3rd
place. During the first 5 races, Sydney Jones had the advantage of the lighter
air. After the lunch break on the first day of racing, the winds picked up and
Emma Paull form Tortola
gained 4 points on Jones to take over 1st place. With the increase
of winds during Sunday’s racing, Hugo Roller was able to sail off with
first place by 1 point over Paull for a surprising 1st
in Radials. Felice Quigley, a St.
Croix attorney and mother of 4.7 sailor
Morgan Bryan, took a 3rd in the Master’s class. This was her
very first Laser regatta.

The 4.7
fleet was a new addition to the regatta. The fleet consisted of three sailors
that are new to Laser racing. In fact, Mayumi Roller stated that this was her
first time sailing a Laser… but it sure didn’t look that way to the
spectators. There was a mere 13-point spread between the fleet. 

Overall
the regatta was a great success, drawing sailors from throughout the
Virgin Islands for a fun, entertaining and rewarding
regatta. The Jones Maritime facility posed a perfect venue to host the event,
complete with VI’s own version of Dr. Laser,
Rob Jones – on hand to repair all of the day’s breakage. Accessories were
available through the Vanguard shop and made it very convenient for the sailors
that were in need of gear! The sailors all look forward to next year as this
event can do nothing but continue to grow.

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