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Fire Cracker Regatta Funds Go For KATS

Every year, on the weekend closest to the United States
Independence Day, the West End Yacht Club celebrates the Firecracker Regatta.
This year was no exception. Race Officer Martin Van Houten thought that the
turnout was good and the weekend was quite a success:

“We had a great
day of racing, the wind was light in the morning but filled in quite nicely by
the start of the race. The course was 18.4 miles, and involved some
loop-d-loo’s around the islands. The winning boat was Mistress Quickly, a
Melges 24 owned by Guy Eldridge, who won by 33 seconds to just beat out Crew
Clothing, another Melges 24 helmed by Andrew Thompson. In third place was
Shamrock V, a J-120 helmed by Pat Nolan. This is the first year that we have
had an IC-24 class, which had a separate course with a total of 5 races run. We
had both KATS boats racing which enabled them to hone their tactical skills in
preparation for the upcoming Chief Ministers Cup. To help mix it up, INTAC,
helmed by George Lane, was there to help keep the kids on their toes. First
Caribbean KATS was first by one point to CCT Boatphone KATS – INTAC was third.

“Later we ran the
Chili Cook-Off, which turned into a great event. We had eight entries, the
winner was Vinnie from Corsairs on JVD, second came Lou from the JR, followed
by Bonnie’s chili. A great time was had by all and as always everybody wins a
prize in this, our 14th annual Firecracker 500 and Chili Cook-Off. There were a
total of 14 boats racing with the proceeds going to support the KATS program. A
check was presented at the Chief Ministers Cup. The Race Committee would like
to thank all of the participants of the event and their guests. A good time was
had by all." Thanks Martin for that report.

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