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Yacht Club News – May 05

Antigua

The 4th Annual Antigua Laser Open took place March 12th
and 13th with 19 competitors entered, including Team Sunsail, the
US-based Hampton University students, and a combination of established and
up-and-coming Antiguan talent. No surprises for guessing who won the seven race
series – defending champion Karl James took the event for the fourth
consecutive time with four bullets. Omari Scott placed second and Shawn Malone
Third.

The dates have also been
announced for CSA Dinghy Championship, which will run from July 16-17. A CSA
sanctioned event, the Championships are open to a maximum of six Caribbean
countries, with priority going to those with the greatest history of
participation in the event. Racing will take place in Laser Open, Laser Radial,
Zoom 8, Optimist and Sport 16s. Entries must be received by June 15 and racing
will happen in Falmouth Harbour. Last year, the event was hosted by the Royal
BVI Yacht Club, with Martinique beating off Antigua, Barbados, Puerto Rico,
USVI and the BVI.

Cuba

Havana’s Hemingway
International Yacht Club, founded in 1992, would once again like to extend the
hand of friendship to any yachts wishing to visit the Caribbean’s largest
island.

Commodore Escrich invites any prospective
visitors to get in touch on yachtclub@cnih.mh.cyt.cu
for advice and help with the authorities on crossing to Cuba, and will provide
information on anchorages, boatyards and marinas. Alternatively, call 53 7 204
66 53.

Jolly Harbour

The last few weeks
have been busy for Antigua’s other marine center, run from the boisterous
headquarters in the Dogwatch Tavern. 11 boats competed in February’s
Valentine’s Regatta in 30 knot winds. Rik Gormley’s Elethea won the Cruising
Class while Racing Class went to Jamie Dobbs’ Lost Horizon.

In March, Jolly Harbour boats Lost Horizon,
Jeffrey Pidduck’s Trouble and Bernie Wong’s Huey Too all performed well in the
St Maarten Heineken Regatta.

More Regattas are planned for 2006 so watch
this space. In the meantime, Treasurer Doug McLaren wishes to remind visitors
to the Harbour that all are welcome for the Saturday Races starting at 2.30pm.

Trinidad

The TTSA recently put on the McArthur’s Scotch Whiskey Race
Day on March 20th. 25 boats took part in light winds. Marc De
Verteuil’s ‘Pressure’ came from behind to beat Stephen Bushe on ‘Super Goose’,
while in the Racer/Cruiser II Class James and Kathy Jost on Breakaway marked
their first victory of the season.

Winners:

Navigator Class: Eurasia, John Clouston

Racer/Cruiser 1: Joia, Brian Wallace

Racer/Cruiser II: Breakaway, James & Kathy Jost

Racing: Pressure, Marc de Verteuil/Joel Isava

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