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Yacht Club News – May 07

Anguilla Sailing Association

Anguilla’s gearing up for their 5th annual regatta this month, May 11, 12, & 13, with special rates at hotels near regatta headquarters, the sailing association’s clubhouse, located at the north end of Sandy Ground beach.  There will be sleek yachts and traditional wood island sloops… and plenty of parties, of course.  To participate get crew, or find a boat needing crew, email admin at sailanguilla.com or visit www.sailanguilla.com.

Antigua Yacht Club

About 30 yachts and 150 people invaded ‘Hawaii’ (aka Carlisle Bay) mid-March. In a pincer movement, some beat upwind from Jolly Harbour Marina, others ran downwind from English Harbour.  With an onslaught of music, Hawaiian punches, and barbequed food, the invasion (the inspiration of Vice Commodore Elizabeth Jordan) raised over $6000 for the benefit of the Amazing Grace Foundation, an Antiguan home for severely disabled children and adults.  Food was supplied free by Island Provisions Ltd. and other donors were Baileys Supermarket, Crab Hole Liquors, Francianes, Dockside Liquors and Claude’s Gas Station in Falmouth. 

Whilst all this was going on, up in Falmouth Harbour the AYC held the 6th Annual Laser Championships the weekend of March 10 & 11; another Antiguan victory, with Karl James winning all six races.
Shawn Malone was second and Alan Hart third, a triple success for Antigua!  Other entrants hailed from Australia, Germany, and the US.
Many thanks to Tony Maidment, Henry Pepper, Chris Martin Shameena Bailey and Kadeem Warner for making it all happen and especially to Karl, for not only representing us in great style, but finding time to organise the series, lay the marks and provide inspirational enthusiasm.

Antigua’s Jolly Harbour Yacht Club

 Well Done! Congratulations go to all the Antiguan yachts that put on such a strong performance at the Heineken Regatta (St. Maarten). There were 12 Antiguan boats competing and every one made their presence felt! Six of these boats represented JHYC and they all finished within the first five in their respective classes! It was in the ‘Non-spinnaker 2’ class that our yachts proved the strongest contenders—Huey Too being in 1st place, Sunshine (Hans Lammers) in 2nd, Blue Peter in 3rd. They were followed by Elethea (Rick Gormley) and Sandy Mair in Streaker. Huey Too, with the indefatigable Dr Bernie Wong also came back with the title ‘Boat of the Regatta.’  With well over 200 entrants that is a major achievement…all of these yachts are ‘older ladies’ and it is the skill of the crews that has put them in front of the more modern ‘racing snakes’.

JHYC is in a ‘rejuvenation’ phase and is eager to encourage new members to come sailing on Saturdays and give them an opportunity to learn from ‘The Masters’. If you are interested in taking part come and see us on our stand at The Dogwatch Tavern on May 3rd during Antigua Sailing week. For information:  Contact the Commodore on 1(268)770 6172, or e-mail miramarsailing@hotmail.com

Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba

Jose Miguel Diaz Escrich would like to invite All at Sea readers to participate in the celebration of the club’s 15th Anniversary on May 31.  Commodore Escrich has organized a program including a lightsail regatta, row race, nautical ski competition, and a shore fishing tournament   The Ernest Hemingway Museum will offer a conference on Hemingway & Sport Fishing and other activities. The club has more than 1700 members from 48 countries.

St. Croix Yacht Club

The club will host a US Sailing Level 1 – Sailing Instructor Course to be preceded by a one day Powerboat Handling Challenge Course June 11- 15.  Designed for those interested in learning on-the-water group management and instruction techniques, the four-day forty-hour course covers teaching from and using a safety boat, sse of land and on-the-water drills, sports psychology and physiology, lesson planning, and more.  Good sailing and powerboat handling skills are required.  For a full description of the course and prerequisites: www.ussailing.org/training/Instructors/SBLevel1/sb_instructor.asp
If you are interested, contact asap:  Chrisndebbie@gmail.com

The club will also hold Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced and Racing classes for youths ages 8 to 18 this summer from June through August using the club’s fleet of Optimist Pram, Sunfish, Club 420, and Rhodes 19 boats.

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