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Yacht Club News January 2010

Jolly Harbour Yacht Club in Antigua

The club is finalizing plans for fantastic sailing on February 13 and 14 and the annual Budget Marine Valentine’s Regatta 2010 off the waters of Jolly Harbour and Five Islands. There will be four classes and all boats are encouraged to register online at www.jhycantigua.com/jhyc_form.html or email director@bigboatseries.com. Prizes will be awarded to at least the first three boats in each class. Berths will be available free of charge on the days of racing, excluding water, electricity, etc.—notify the marina office on arrival in Jolly Harbour (VHF Ch 68). For more information: www.jhycantigua.com or contact Tanner Jones: phone 268-764-5910, email tannerdjones@hotmail.com. Everyone is welcome to the festivities even if you are not sailing.

Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club

New for 2010, the club will host the BVI Windsurfing Championship to run concurrently with the 39th annual BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, March 29 – April 4, 2010. With the format of one board-three sails, amateur and professional competitors may compete in either the Formula or Open class. Classes will be further divided to by age and sex. Bob Phillips, Chairman of the BVI Spring Regatta has high expectations, “Following this inaugural event, we plan to apply to the Caribbean Sailing Association to be the Caribbean Windsurfing Championship. We know that we can run a great regatta and know that we have a lot we can offer to the board sailors.” www.bvispringregatta.org.

St. Maarten Yacht Club

The SOL St Maarten Optimist Sailing Championships 2009

Saturday, November 7 saw the 5th Inter-Island SOL St Maarten Optimist Sailing Championships 2009 in Simpson Bay Lagoon organized by the club. Competitors from Anguilla and St Barth made the trip over to participate.

“As each year passes the St Maarten contingent of young sailors are developing into a formidable contingent of top rate sailors and full credit must be given to the SMYC youth sailing program supplemented this season by the arrival of a native Amsterdammer and expert sailor/coach Remy Oomens imported specifically to increase the already high standard of sailing of our younger sailors,” reported the club’s newsletter to its membership.
The regatta was the first since the completion of the addition and alterations to the SMYC clubhouse and dock area.

MC Robbie Ferron, assisted by Cary Byerley of the Caribbean Sailing Association, took the opportunity at prize giving to thank the main sponsors, SOL, for their annual support for the championships. First place award went to Rhône Findlay (SXM), age 13, for the second year running. In his closing speech, Ferron expressed special thanks to the Race Officers under the direction of Andrew Rapley, as well as the Judge, Paul Miller, and jury Rien Kortknie and Andrea Scarabelli for their work with the junior sailors. He also thanked Heavenly Water NV, for all the water provided for the children, and Petra Gilders for her wonderful and original hand-made Trophies for the winners of this regatta.

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