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Flying the flag for Curaçao at the IFCA Junior, Youth & Masters Slalom World Championships (from left): Aron Etmon, Jean Paul Da Silva De Goes, Oscar Etmon and Jean Patrick Van Der Wolde
Flying the flag for Curaçao at the IFCA Junior, Youth & Masters Slalom World Championships (from left): Aron Etmon, Jean Paul Da Silva De Goes, Oscar Etmon and Jean Patrick Van Der Wolde

NEWS: Windsurfing Success for Curaçao in Slalom World Championships

Windsurfing Success for Curaçao in Slalom World Championships
Alaçati, Turkey – Windsurfer Jean Paul Da Silva De Goes brought more windsurfing glory to the island of Curaçao by returning home with the coveted title of IFCA U-15 World Champion 2013. The young windsurfer formed part of a four-man team that competed in the IFCA Junior, Youth & Masters Slalom World Championships in early July.

Team members Jean Patrick Van Der Wolde (2011 World Champion U-17), Aron Etmon (2012 World Champion U-15) and Oscar Etmon completed the all-star line up.

The pressure was relentless as 104 top competitors from 18 countries raced through the crystal-clear waters off the coast of Alaçati, western Turkey. Sailors taking part in the Championships enjoyed five days of steady winds during which the race committee hosted 235 starts, eight eliminations and three discards, on each category for the final scores.

Aron Etmon joined Da Silva De Goes on the podium having scored third place in the Junior U-17 category behind second place finisher Jurgen Saragoza from the neighboring island of Bonaire.

In the Junior category Oscar Etmon finished in fourth place in the U-15. Although Jean Patrick Van Der Wolde failed to score a podium place he had a successful regatta, leading the fleet home for a couple of races and scoring a good position among the group.

For more information and full results, visit: http://ifca.internationalwindsurfing.com/page0283v01.htm

Jolly Harbour Goes Deep
AntiguaThe marina at Jolly Harbour is in the process of dredging its channel to a depth of 15ft. In a press release, Jolly Harbour said the dredging is in anticipation of the upcoming season which could be the best in years, with five sailing rallies making landfall in the southeastern Caribbean by early 2014. The release also announced the opening of a new marina charter base with the arrival of Dream Yacht Charters.

Saint Croix Yacht Club International Regatta

The St. Croix Yacht Club (SCYC) claim this year’s regatta will be the best ever thanks to a new race schedule.

Acting on feedback from 2012 relating to the number of race days available, the regatta can now accommodate those who can only commit to two days of racing as well as those who want to experience the full three days.

Changes include a one day event on Friday November 15th with plenty of racing and great awards. This will be followed on Saturday and Sunday by phase two of the regatta. Any class with seven boats or more racing Saturday and Sunday, will compete for the ultimate prize: The winning Skipper’s weight in rum. All awards will be given out on Sunday afternoon.

Shore-side entertainment includes live bands, food and drink and, of course, Crucian hospitality.

Accommodations can be had at reasonable cost if you register early. Registration is $150.

For more information and NOR: visit: www.stcroixyc.com or call:  340-773-9531

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