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Yacht Club News – May 09

St. Croix Yacht Club

Club member Sue Gibbons reported on the 2009 420 Mid-Winter Championships hosted by the US Sailing Center of Martin County in Jensen Beach, Florida on the weekend of February 14-15:  “Twelve sailors from the Virgin Islands (eleven from the USVI and one from the BVI) represented our region well. This event was also the Virgin Islands Sailing Association (VISA)-designated qualifier for the 420s for the ISAF Youth Worlds to be held this July in Brazil.

“The fleet saw 73 boats sailing in varied conditions. They were broken into four flights and sailed a three-race series round robin flights. The first two days were sunny and warm, though the water temperature was in the low 70’s, which is chilly for our Caribbean sailors. The last day brought an overcast sky and heavy winds with lots of chop. The race committee used the Z flag and black flag for many races to keep the competitive sailors in line. After a total of nine races, with the team’s lowest score being dropped, Billy Gibbons from St. Croix and Tyler Rice, from St. Thomas were the top U.S. Virgin Islands boat and will be heading to the ISAF Youth Worlds in July.”

Sue advises that Alec Anderson is also going to Brazil in the Laser Radial category as well as Max Nickbarg (STYC) in the Laser Radial (male) and Mimi Roller (STYC/St. John) in the Laser Radial (female).

Congratulations to four VI teams that placed in the top 20: Alec Anderson (BVI) and Rian Bareuther (BVI/St. Thomas/St. Croix), 6th place, Tyler Rice (St. Thomas) and Billy Gibbons (St. Croix), 9th, Ian Barrows (St. Thomas) and Olin Davis (St. Thomas), 13th, and Alex Coyle (St. John/ St. Thomas) and Jozsi Nemeth (St. John/St. Thomas), 19th.

Congratulations are also due to Rian Bareuther, a member of the St. Croix club, who has been accepted at the United States Coast Guard Academy.

St. Maarten Yacht Club

Sailing instructor Maaike van Mameren reported on the second annual Multi Class Regatta hosted by the club on Saturday, March 21. This year there were four classes on the water: five Sunfast 20 of Lagoon Sailboat Rentals (LSR) on the water (one skippered and crewed by a group from Anguilla,) nine Lasers (two from Anguilla,) and two fleets of Optimists, Silver and Gold. The Silver fleet was represented by up-and-coming youngsters from the St Maarten Yacht Club competing in their first race: Ilian Halbertsma, Joris Roosens, Ferdinand Jaffre-Unser and Nathan Smith.     
The Gold class consisted of Saskia looser, Johanna Looser, Alec Scarabelli, and two youngsters from Anguilla, Cody Coburn and Marco Piazzi.

The lasers were flying and the LSRs were all close to one another, and the Optis had a real competition going on. After lunch the racing continued the winds had calmed a bit which made the racing better for the younger competitors. After the final race the entire fleet returned to the St Maarten Yacht Club for hot chocolate, brownies and prize giving.

In the LSR fleet, first prize went to Robbie Ferron, second place to Scott Ledbetter and third to Guy Redmile. In the Laser fleet, first place went to David de Vries, second to Rien Korteknie and third to Jolyon Ferron. In the Opti Gold fleet, the St Maarten Yacht Club was proud to say that Saskia Looser came in first, followed by Marco Piazzi from Anguilla and Alec Scarabelli in third. And finally, in the Silver fleet the first prize went to Ilian Halbertsma, second place to Joris Roosens and third to Nathan Smith tied with Ferdinand Jaffre-Unser.

The club is preparing for the 20th St. Maarten Laser Championships on June 6 to 7.

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