On Sunday, June 27, 23 talented young sailors took to the water to compete in the first Gouyave Sailing School Junior Sailing Championship. The event was organised by the School's instructor, Kevin Banfield, and it becomes a new feature of the Fisherman's Birthday celebrations staged in Gouyave.
The day was sponsored by Budget Marine, a long-term champion of junior sailing in Grenada, with Catfish Boats; Marine Management; Grenada National Sailing Academy; Grenada Yacht Club; Grenada Sailing Association and Grenada Sailing Festival providing additional support.
There were 16 competitors from the Gouyave Sailing School, joined by seven representatives from the Grenada National Sailing Academy based at the Grenada Yacht Club, St. George's. Due to the record number of entries and the range of experience they had, the fleet was divided into two classes, Beginners and Advanced. In a series of exciting races throughout the day all the young sailors taking part had the opportunity to show the competitive skills and race tactics they have learnt, plus an ability to deal with changing wind conditions, as the breeze strengthened towards the end of the afternoon.
Nicholas George, Manager, Budget Marine Grenada, presented medals and certificates to everyone who took part, plus trophies and medals to the First, Second and Third Place winners in each Class.
Participating Sailors were Kevi James; Jalon Young; Tylone George; Kacey Smith; Rondel Ferguson; Javeid Bernadine; Christon Henry; Romario Bernadine; Mozart St. John; Justin James; Silvon Phillip; Brent McQueen; Ryan Morain; Reese Evans; Jim Jarrold; Red Walters; Corey Snagg.
Thanks also went to Nick Walters of the Grenada National Sailing Academy and Michael McQueen, Junior Sailing Instructor at the Grenada Yacht Club, for their on-the-water safety supervision and race support, and to Barry Alexis for his excellent job overseeing some busy start lines.
For information about how to join the Gouyave Sailing School contact Kevin Banfield, 533 7142, and for the Grenada National Sailing Academy, contact Nick Walters, 420 9411.
First: Kwesi Paul
Second: Noah Bullen
Third: Dennis Bernadine
First: Jakim Young
Second: Kivon St. Paul
Third: Sherkim Robertson
Report submitted by Sarah Baker for the Gouyave Sailing School and Grenada National Sailing Academy.