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Yacht Club News – Jul 07

Antigua’s Jolly Harbour Yacht Club

As of 1st June, the new home of Jolly Harbour Yacht Club is the BBR
Sports Bar in the Marina.  Advantages to the venue include improved facilities for visiting yachtsmen, such as showers and a swimming pool, and the bar manager has agreed to various discounts for JHYC members and is arranging prizes for regular Sailing and Power boat events.  An all new website (www.jhycantigua.com) helps members and visitors find out about events the club is running, and about the regular Saturday afternoon sailing competitions – not just for the racers!

Dominica Yacht Club

The DYC’s historic first outing saw a team fielded to race in the just-concluded Bequia Easter Regatta. As far as the record shows, this was Dominica’s first representation and introduction to a competitive sailing event. Anthony Gunn, Hubert J. Winston, Valence Victor and Allan Daisley entered the J24 Rover in the J24 Class.

The DYC team was mostly a training effort and did not sail with spinnakers, but started and finished all races, ending as high as 5th and placed 6th overall.  All team members declared the entire weekend experience a great success not only for themselves but also for the DYC and for Dominica in general.  “So many people were very happy and impressed to see the big huge Dominica flag flying on the mothership and to see a Dominica Yacht Club entry into regional racing” said Anthony Gunn.

The DYC then entered the BMW J24 Invitational Regatta hosted by the St. Lucia Yacht Club in May.  Jerry Bethell skippered and Valence Victor, Marie Mazat, and Rowald “Felly” Derrick crewed the DYC Team boat to a great showing—the DYC team placed 2nd overall for the regatta among eight teams.  The club continues to look at plans to race the Dominica flag around the region, and hopes to have free kids sailing classes going this summer.

St. Thomas Yacht Club

 The STYC Board, Flag Officers, and Commodore Mike Williams announced that co-directors for the 2008 International Rolex Regatta will be John Sweeney and Bill Canfield; Tracy Roberts will join them as the regatta delegate to the STYC board. 

At the end 0f May, word came that the 2008 Rolex will welcome yachts sailing under the IRC rating rule as well as those sailing under the CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association) rating rule. The move is intended to make it hassle-free for racing sailboats from the United States and Europe to compete. IRC is the only rule endorsed by ISAF (the International Sailing Federation) as an international rating rule and accepted throughout the world.

"We aren’t abandoning CSA; we are simply offering options to the sailors, and with that, encouraging a larger international fleet," said Sweeney, who further explained that CSA certificate holders are eligible to obtain an IRC rating as well. "We encourage owners to investigate the requirements, and local measurers can assist in the process.”  The event, scheduled for March 28 – 30, 2008, will again be part of the US-IRC Gulf Stream Series.

For information on the US-IRC and CSA: www.us-irc.org and www.caribbean-sailing.com. For International Rolex Regatta, contact Bill Canfield at styc@vipowernet.net or 340-775-6320, rolexcupregatta.com

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