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Racing and Romance – The Valentine Regatta

The annual JHYC Valentine Regatta
is scheduled for the 11th and 12th of February. A warm invitation is extended
to all Caribbean sailors. Ample free dockage
for the duration of the regatta is available to visitors and participants,
close to the legendary Dogwatch Tavern in Jolly Harbour

Racing Class will have three races
on Saturday the 11th, and two on Sunday the 12th. Cruisers and live-a-
board’s are especially welcome in Cruising Class, which will sail one
race on Saturday, with longer legs than the racers, towards St Johns, Antigua, and
an ocean race on Sunday morning.

JHYC membership has sky-rocketed
in recent years, and our social secretary, Adrian Fearnley, has quite a lot up
his sleeve for the Valentine party at – you guessed it – the Dogwatch Tavern on
the evening of Friday 10th, and possibly the morning of Saturday 11th as well..

Valentine Regatta 2006 will likely
be the first year of a "key sponsor" arrangement with Budget Marine,
the Caribbean’s favourite yacht chandlers. Founder
and General Manager Robbie Ferron, who competed last year, will therefore be
taking part both on and off the water. Let’s hope he wins some of his old stock
and promotional items which Budget could put forward as prizes. Just kidding,
Robbie, I’m sure Budget Marine will do better than that!

Rick Gormley, also a regular
participant in S/Y Elethea, is hoping for the traditional JHYC Valentine
Regatta weather. "Let’s hope it’s like last year" he said.
"Makes my mates from London
feel quite at home – cold, grey, gusting 20 knots, and most of the time you
can’t see past the second stanchion due to rain of the horizontal
variety".

So, visit the new JHYC web site
now at http://www.jhycantigua.com/ to find out more, to register
your interest on the bulletin board on http://www.jhycantigua.com/ ,
or phone me on (268) 464 0928, or simply show up in Jolly Harbour.

Sailing Instructions will be
issued in late January and made available on the JHYC web sites, and the notice
board outside the – you guessed it – legendary Dogwatch Tavern. Or, if you
insist and provide an address, I can mail you a copy.

Happy sailing! Tony Sayer.

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