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Yacht Club News June 2010

Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club

The club's Director of Sailing Kieren Williamson sent a report on the annual Virgin Queen Pizza Pursuit Race. "The morning of April 24th saw very little wind … by 11 a.m., Mother Nature had made her mind up that there would be racing that day, and blessed us with 10 knots of breeze.
"The wind direction resulted in a change of course … a Nanny Cay downwind start, Flannigan Island to port, Willy T to port, and back to Nanny Cay for an upwind finish.

"Downwind starts can be tricky in terms of timing, but Lime demonstrated how it should be done, hitting the line a second after the gun and getting the spinnaker flying within a few boats lengths. The rest of the fleet were snapping at her heels, and it made a fine sight as the fleet of spinnakers made their way off toward the horizon.

"The fleet were a close pack as they rounded the Willy T. Party goers cheered the fleet on as the competitors demonstrated their boat handling skills around Pirates Bight. Lime was still in the lead at this point as the fleet started the final beat to windward. The upwind leg was hard fought, as Intac closed the gap on Lime … but an extra tack put in by Intac in the last few minutes cost them dear. This allowed Lime to take first place, with Intac having to settle for second place by just five seconds. Sorceress secured her podium position coming third across the line.

"Many thanks to Ed Stroh at Virgin Queen for providing prizes and after-race pizza to all the competitors."

St. Lucia Yacht Club

Bruce McDonald sent in a report on students who are restoring a dinghy at Rodney Bay Marina to be used as a training boat for St Lucia Yacht Club (SLYC) in their Junior Training Program: The restoration of an International 505 Class fiber glass racing dinghy might appear a small project but it has huge potential. The project, based in Island Global Yachting's (IGY) Rodney Bay Marina is being undertaken by eight pupils, from Gros Islet's Secondary School, under some professional supervision.

"This is the first step in giving young people an insight into sailing and the skills required to succeed in the marine industry," said IGY's General Manager Adam Foster at the launch on Monday, March 29. IGY is providing tools, supervision, timber, location and almost anything else that's needed as part of their sponsorship.

The 505 and a Laser Dinghy were both donated to SLYC by Mrs. Nancy Marez, the daughter of former Rodney Bay Marina owner Archie Marez, who died in 2005. The sponsorship project was four months in the planning and SLYC's Sailing Captain Edgar Roe said, "SLYC has over 60 youngsters in the junior sailing program and it's more successful than ever, anyone's welcome and cost is dependent on enthusiasm … the more the merrier."

St. Maarten Yacht Club

The club announced mid-April that the 21st Caribbean Laser Championships will take place June 12 – 13 in or near Orient Bay, St. Martin, sponsored by Heineken Premium Light. Registration is Friday, June 11 at the Papagayo Restaurant, Orient Beach, and racing with be Saturday and Sunday. The regatta is open to all boats of the Laser Class. Fees are $100 for adults and $60 for youth under 16 years. For information, contact info@smyc.com, or Frits Bus by email: fritsbus@caribserve.net.

St. Thomas Yacht Club
Following the Rolex Regatta, this year's Kirk Grybowski Award went to All at Sea writer Jan Robinson as outstanding volunteer. "Jan set an all time record for logo wear sales this year at the regatta," reported club manager Bill Canfield.

"Congratulations to the Antilles Sailing Team who have won the southeast regionals, in both team racing and fleet racing, the past two (April) weekends in Georgia and Florida. The team, led by their capable coach Kim Murtha, now heads off to Seattle and Stanford for the two high school national championships," Canfield announced to the club membership.

To contribute news from your local yacht club or sailing association, please write to editor@allatsea.net. Deadlines are six weeks prior to the publication date.

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