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Yacht Club News – Mar 08

Antigua Yacht Club

Jol and Judy Byerly forwarded the Antigua Yacht Club Round the Island Race results held the weekend of January 26th and 27th:  First in Cruising Class, Moonshadow, Eddie Barreto, Bermuda 40.  Cruiser Racer Class results: 1st Blue Peter, J.30; 2nd Hightide,  Steve Carson, Dehler 34; 3rd Elisia.  Racing Class results: 1st Caccia a la Volpe, Carlo Falcone; 2nd Flying Tiger, Sven Harder.

Harmony Hall Yacht Club, Antigua

The first Antiguan Dragon Championships (with a fleet of nine brand new Dragons) was scheduled to take place the weekend of February 1st to 3rd at the new Harmony Hall Yacht Club founded by Carlo Falcone, owner of the Antigua Yacht Club Marina. Seven races were planned with one discard and set to take place in Nonsuch Bay.  Each race was to be 1.2 miles windward/leeward.  Winners were slated to represent Antigua in the Caribbean International Dragon Invitational 2008 to take place the following weekend.

Royal BVI Yacht Club, British Virgin Islands

Emma Paull, Club Manager for Royal BVI Yacht Club reported in January on plenty of racing and activities underway, including Burns Night, a celebration of Robbie Burns and Scottishness, and a Pot Luck Curry Night with proceeds going to the TEAM BVI Sailing Travel Fund.  Ongoing are KATS (Kids and the Sea) Sailing on Saturday mornings and IC24 Racing Saturday afternoons at Nanny Cay—even Radio Controlled Yacht Racing Sunday afternoons, also at Nanny Cay.

In late January, Team BVI youth sailors practiced for the Center Nautico San Juan International Regatta, planned in San Juan Harbor with Olympic style courses.  With a light 6-7 knots, the team took to the Sir Francis Drake channel to attempt to replicate the course lengths.  Practice was also focused on mark roundings as well as boat handling. This was to be the second event that Team BVI youth sailors have attended this year, the first being in St. Thomas over the MLK weekend.  The sailors put up some very impressive finishes and will look to shake off some of the early season "rust" and get back into full swing. 

The team slated for San Juan included Alec Anderson, 16 yrs, Laser Radial, DonTae Hodge-Dickenson, 14 yrs, Optimist Red, Mollee Donovan, 10yrs, Optimist White, Jonathan Woods, 10 yrs, Optimist White, and David Carter, 8 yrs, Optimist Green. Team photos courtesy of the RBVI Yacht Club.

Casa de Campo Yacht Club, Dominican Republic

News from Tony Torres:  “We have invited and confirmed two ISAF/WMRT Match Racing Champions—Ian Williams and Peter Holmberg—to exhibition match race in the CDC Regatta on February 14, 2008.  The event, to be held at Casa de Campo Yacht Club for the second time, is a Match Race Clinic and Exhibition featuring the two world champion sailors as well as David Perry, a Rules Expert in the sailing world and for Match Races.

“All the sailing community in the world will be focused in Casa de Campo for the next sailing event: the Stormtry Sail Club just announced, for February 2009, a long distance race starting in Ft. Lauderdale and finishing at CC Marina.”  Finally, news from the Farr 40 Class:  “CCYC will host the Farr40 World Championship in April 2010.”

St. Maarten Yacht Club

The January Saturday Lagoon racing series is now wrapped up.  “Anybody expecting the Annette/Bernard/Piet team to lapse was sorely disappointed,” reported Robbie Ferron.  “To my knowledge, no team has ever switched drivers as much as this team did (they switched every race) and did even half as well!”  Optimist sailors managed to use the same course without getting run over to train for the Anguilla Optimist Regatta scheduled for February 16. 

The club was planning a long distance race for nine boats on February 2 to the bottom of the lagoon and up to Marigot a few times.  And the Necol Regatta, with a ten team/ten boat model, was scheduled for February 9 & 10.  The club is acquiring ten used lasers, and is considering naming them with the prefix “Master” (to match the club’s “Misses,”) such as Master Plan, Master Mind, Master Full, and other interesting variations.

St. Croix Yacht Club, U.S. Virgin Islands

In anticipation of their February International Regatta, the club held a CSA Measurement Workshop conducted by Antonio Sanpere on a Friday evening, January 25th, with a good turnout of local sailors who heard valuable topics covered, including: Measurers responsibilities, Owners responsibilities, Minimum Safety Requirements, Boat preparation, and Measuring a boat.

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