Six of the Caribbean’s leading territories sent teams to the annual Caribbean Dinghy Championships, this year sailed in the familiar Optimist and Laser dinghies and hosted by the Royal BVI Yacht club.
Last year’s champion team, Martinique, took the trophy back home again. Antigua was a close second one point behind. A strong Barbados team took third place. Many times winner of the event, Puerto Rico and USVI came fourth and fifth and the host nation took the 6th place.
Karl James of Antigua, who took all first places, dominated the Laser Open division. Marco Teixidor of Puerto Rico took most of the honors in the Laser Radial but slipped up on a few races.
The Optimist Junior division (under 11 years) was a tightly fought competition with equal points going to Theodore Reinach of Martinique and Amy Cox of Barbados with the tie going to Reinach. The Optimist Senior (11-15 yrs) went to Jason Tindale of Barbados who had a large lead on points.
This year’s event showed most of the teams to be very closely matched with the first places in class all going to different territories. The two Virgin Island teams were unable to field complete teams, which affected their results
Winds for the event were from 15 to 22 knots and dramatic changes in wind speed created interesting challenges. Effective use of the southeast swells in Road Harbour made a difference to finish places. Racing took place just off the launching beach of the Royal BVIYC and a well-organized group of club volunteers saw to a high level of race management.
The Caribbean Sailing Association is pleased to announce that the 2005 event will be hosted in Antigua and possibly at the Colonna Beach Resort on the northern side of the island. This will be the first time the Championships will be held in Antigua.