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Team BVI - Caribbean Dinghy Champions 2013. Photo: Kevin Johnson - www.kevinjohnsonphotography.com
Team BVI - Caribbean Dinghy Champions 2013. Photo: Kevin Johnson - www.kevinjohnsonphotography.com

NEWS: BVI Team victorious in Caribbean Dinghy Championships

British Virgin Islands Team victorious in Caribbean Dinghy Championships
The Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) sanctioned Caribbean Dinghy Championships hosted jointly by Antigua Yacht Club and Antigua’s National Sailing Academy took place in November. Barbados, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Trinidad and Tobago, St. Maarten and Antigua and Barbuda participated.

The Zoom 8 class was won by Antigua and Barbuda 1’s Rocco Falcone. In Optimist class, Rayne Duff of the BVI took the title. Rhone Kirby and River Andrews of Antigua and Barbuda 1, topped the Laser Pico class, and Kelly Ann Arrindell of Trinidad and Tobago took the win in Laser Radials.

The Laser class was hotly contested with Gregory Athill of the BVI winning by half a point.

The team trophy, awarded to the team with the lowest number of points, went to the BVI with a total of 92.5 points. Congratulations to Thad Lettsome, Rayne Duff, Sam Morrell, James Dawson, Matthew Oliver and Gregory Athill.

Billionaire Dona Bertarelli smashes record for Route of Discovery
The record-breaking dreams of yacht racing billionairess Dona Bertarelli came true in  November when, as part of a 14-strong crew co-skippered by Yann Guichard, her 131ft maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 crossed the finish line in San Salvador, Bahamas. Spindrift 2 knocked 20 hours, 29mins 32secs off the previous time set by Franck Cammas, with a new time of six days 14hrs 29mins 21secs.

Mrs Kirl Grant-Hoschtialek of the Grenada Board of Tourism and participating sailors
Mrs Kirl Grant-Hoschtialek of the Grenada Board of Tourism and participating sailors

Clarke’s Court Bay Marina Stages Second Junior Sailing Regatta
Following the success of the 2012 event, Clarke’s Court Bay Marina staged its second Junior Sailing Regatta in November. Once again, Grenada’s young sailors enjoyed an opportunity to show their racing talent when 16 keen racers from Gouyave Sailing School and the Grenada Yacht Club took to the water. Participants ranging in age from seven to 17 years raced in three different classes: Lasers (14 – 17 years); Optimist Gold (12-14 years) and Optimist Red (7-11 years) , to make up an impressive fleet, and show the depth of sailing skills Grenada’s youth has to offer. Winning skippers were: Kwesi Paul (Laser); Karzim James (Optimist Gold) and Tavell Bernadine (Optimist Red).

For more info, visit: www.grenadasailingassociation.org

Sol presents Green Award to sailor on Wild Irish Rose at the 32nd Moorings Interline Regatta. Photo: Broadsword Communications
Sol presents Green Award to sailor on Wild Irish Rose at the 32nd Moorings Interline Regatta. Photo: Broadsword Communications

Sol and sailors recycle at 32nd Moorings Interline Regatta
Tortola, British Virgin Islands – For the third consecutive year, Sol teamed up with the Moorings Interline Regatta to present the Green Award to the winners of a glass recycling challenge promoted during the 32nd annual sailing event. The regatta, hosted in the BVI for airline employees, family and friends, took place in October with 22 Moorings boats participating in daily races around the islands.

This year the Green Award went to sailors on Wild Irish Rose for collecting the most empty glass bottles in a ‘Drinking Responsibly’ recycling challenge. The initiative was introduced to help keep glass out of the BVI waste stream and required teams to collect their empty glass bottles and present them at weigh points during the course of the regatta.

The members of the winning team with the most weight in glass each took home a sail-shaped, recycled glass trophy specially made for Sol by the Green VI Glass Studio in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola.

For full results, visit: www.yachtscoring.com

The 70ft trimaran Edmond de Rothschild wins Transat Jacques Vabre
Leading since Le Havre, the trimaran won this sprint across the Atlantic at what proved to be a hellish pace, making the Brazilian port at a speed of 20.7 knots. Taking the win, Sébastien Josse and Charles Caudrelier crossed the finish line after 11 days, 5hrs, 3mins and 54secs of racing, finishing around a hundred miles in front of their adversary Oman Air-Musandam.

Best in the West fishing tournament
Antigua – The 10th anniversary of the ‘Best in the West’ fishing tournament in November was suitably marked by a high number of entries – 30 boats in all comprising 144 anglers of all ages.

Blessed by beautiful weather and relatively calm seas, things remained quiet at the start of fishing but as the day progressed the radio operator at Antigua and Barbuda Sports Fishing headquarters, was kept busy as each hook-up was called in. A novel addition was that anglers could e-mail pictures of the action to HQ and these were immediately posted on the official website. In this way the club received instantaneous feedback from those following the tournament online.

For full details, visit: antiguabarbudasportsfishing.com

Dr. Guy Harvey, marine wildlife artist and conservationist
Dr. Guy Harvey, marine wildlife artist and conservationist

Dr. Guy Harvey Inducted into International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame
Grand Cayman – Dr. Guy Harvey joined an elite group of scuba diving legends in Grand Cayman when he was inducted into the sport’s hall of fame. The honour comes as Dr. Harvey marks his 40th year as a certified diver, much of that time engaged in underwater photography, filming and studying a variety of saltwater wildlife.

Dr. Harvey received the honour along with Rolf Schmidt, Petra Roeglin, Sam Davison, Bert Kilbride and diving pioneer Paul Bert.  Local Cayman honorees include Norbert Scott and Captain Glen Gleason Ebanks.

SOL Sint Maarten Optimist Championships
Twenty-nine youthful sailors from the islands of Sint Maarten, Tortola, Curaçao, Anguilla and Saint Barths took to the waters of the Simpson Bay Lagoon during the 10th SOL Optimist regatta held in November.

The optimists were divided into two fleets: White Fleet, for more advanced sailors (20 boats), and Green Fleet for novice racers (nine boats).

SOL Optimist Champion, winning every race but one, was 11-year-old Rayne Duff from Tortola, BVI. In the Green Fleet, Saint Barth’s sailor Adrien Elie finished first overall.

For the first time, the regatta was preceded by a three day clinic hosted by internationally renowned coach Nicolas Fracchia.

Carlos Aguilar Match Race
Saint Thomas, USVI – Chicago’s Don Wilson proved his match racing prowess by winning the 6th Annual Carlos Aguilar Match Race (CAMR). Wilson defeated the USA’s Dave Perry 2-1 in a first to two win finals.

“We started ahead and we stayed ahead in the first race against Dave Perry. That was good,” recaps Wilson, who is the number one ranked U.S. match racer as well as founder of the sponsoring Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC).

In the second race, Wilson got a good start coming off the line compared to Perry who went pretty thin at the pin end.

With the score 1-1 in the first to two win finals, it was the third match that proved the ultimate decider.

For full results and report, visit: www.carlosmatchrace.com

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