Five Virgin Islanders left their warm, blue, home waters to compete at the New England Optimist Championships hosted August 6 to 9, 2006 by the Niantic Bay Yacht Club in Connecticut. Sue Gibbons, who accompanied them, reports:
“A beautiful venue–the town of East Lyme let them use McCook Point and Hole-In-The-Wall Beach to accommodate the 336 boats in the championship fleet. The winds were shifty, so they only got in six races over the three day event, and got their one discard.
Of the 336 boats in the advanced fleet, 132 were in the red fleet (13-15 year olds), 162 were in the blue fleet (11 and 12 year olds), and 40 were in the white fleet.”
Billy Gibbons finished 8th overall and 7th in the red fleet.
Ian Barrows finished 17th overall and 5th in the blue fleet.
Alec Tayler finished 49th overall and 18th in the blue fleet.
Alex Coyle finished 53rd overall and 33 in the red fleet.
Mack Bryan finished 194th overall and 15th in the white fleet.