Sailors from Trinidad & Tobago excelled in last weekend’s BMW Southern Caribbean J24 Regatta in St Lucia. Teams from Grenada, Barbados, St Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago took part in the one design J24 races in near perfect sea conditions with 8-12 knot winds making the sailing very competitive.
The teams competed in an 18 race series over two days. At the end of day one Stephen Bushe’s Trinidad & Tobago team had climbed to the top of the standings with 20 points from 12 races (like golf, the lowest score wins in sailing) followed closely by Robby Yearwood’s Grenada team who were three points behind. Two teams from St Lucia were hot on the heels of the leaders with 24 and 25 points respectively.
Sunday saw team Trinidad & Tobago in great form sailing clear of the field to clinch victory in 5 of the 6 races. A second place in the other race saw Trinidad & Tobago finish on a winning total of 21 points overall. Grenada continued to fight off the St Lucia teams and finished in second place on 35 points with Nick Fosberg’s St Lucia team 3 points back in third place overall.
Trinidad & Tobago teams have now won the last two clashes in the J24 class, achieving first and third places in the Barbados Nationals and now a great first overall in St Lucia. This shows great promise for the upcoming 2010 CAC Games in Puerto Rico where it is planned that a Trinidad & Tobago team will compete in the J24 class.