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Yacht Club News – Jul 06

CAYMAN ISLANDS SAILING CLUB LAUNCHES NEW WEB SITE

Michael Weber, the CISC’s Director of Sailing, reports that a new website marks strong post-Ivan renewal. “This website comes at a time of substantial growth in our membership, when more people than at any time since the hurricane are getting out on the water and learning to sail.”

Accessible to non-members as well as members, the site announces upcoming races and social events and contains detailed information on forthcoming lessons, clinics and camps. For information on the club, visit www.sailing.ky or contact Club Administrator Heather Bradley on 947 7913 or at admin@sailing.ky.

BEQUIA’S 25th ANNIVERSARY EASTER REGATTA BREAKS ALL RECORDS

The tiny Grenadine island of Bequia was host to a record-breaking 40 competing yachts and 34 local double-ender boats over the Easter weekend. Yachts came from Trinidad, St. Lucia, Antigua, Grenada, Martinique, Barbados, St. Vincent, US Virgin Islands, Canada, England, Norway and the USA to compete.

Final results were close with no less than four ties in the overall standings. The newly formed J24 class was hailed as a success by the competitors as they raced a six-race series over shorter courses than the rest of the fleet. The eight regional boats competing in this class represented the largest gathering of J24s in the southern Caribbean for many years, according to organizers.

Next year’s Bequia Easter Regatta will be held from Thursday April 5 to Monday April 9, 2007. For more information, contact Sailing Club Secretary Nicola Redway on 457 3649 or email bsc@caribsurf.com

HEMINGWAY INTERNATIONAL YACHT CLUB OF CUBA CELEBRATES 14 TH ANNIVERSARY

Commodore Jose Miguel Diaz Escrich expressed thanks in May to members of the international boating community for contributing to the rescue of the Cuban nautical traditions and the development of the recreational boating in Cuba .

“We will always and dearly remember the thousands of members of the International Boating Community who have visited us…those who have participated in fishing tournaments and the officials and personalities that we have had the honor of receiving in our club…and our friends from the press and media that have made our news known.”

FORTY COMPETE IN CRUZAN OPEN

Forty sailors competed in this year’s Cruzan Open One Design Regatta, sponsored May 26-27 by the St. Croix Yacht Club. “By the regatta’s end, 16 races had been completed in four classes, in what is becoming one of the Caribbean’s more popular small boat events,” said organizer Chris Schreiber.

Racers ranged in age from 8 to 58, and many junior sailors had parents racing in the 420’s, making this a true family regatta. A Pirate’s Party at the Yacht Club on Saturday night gave everyone time to socialize and dance.

Ian Barrows of St. Thomas was the victor overall in the Optimist class, Jae Tonachel of St. Croix won the Laser radial class. St. Croix’s Doug DeReu won Sunfish sailing, and the same island’s team of Sydney Jones and Dasha Finke took the 420 class.

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