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Yacht Club News November 2009

Jolly Harbour Yacht Club

A fundraising event held Saturday, August 22nd, raised over $2,700 for the club’s Youth Sailing Program which provides free dinghy sailing lessons to Antiguan born children between the ages of 8 and 18. Part of the evening included the announcement of a special “prize” being donated to seven of the children in the program. Eli Fuller of Adventure Antigua took them out sailing on his Carriacou sailing sloop on Saturday, September 5th.

Once on board, the children were given a quick tour of the boat by Jason, the deck crew, and a safety brief from Captain Eli. The boat sailed up the coast and Eli kept the children entertained with some question-and-answer games about the history of Antigua. They went into Deep Bay and anchored, and the children swam to the beach and back. On the sail home some had a go at steering Ocean Nomad toward Montserrat before returning to Jolly Harbour. The youngsters all gave a resounding cheer of “Thank You” to Eli and Jason for taking them on such a fantastic trip. The next Youth Sailing Program course started Saturday, September 19th.

The club offers fantastic sailing on November 28 and 29, with Regatta parties, BBQs, a live band, dancing and amusing prize giving celebrations all in store. Sailing will be outside Jolly Harbour and in Five Islands Harbour. There will be four classes, and all boats with a draft of 10 feet or less are eligible to enter. Fees are EC$150 per boat, when registering online http://www.jhycantigua.com or EC$175 per boat when registering at Skipper’s Briefing. Berths will be available free of charge on the days of racing excluding water, electricity, etc. Please notify Marina Office on arrival in Jolly Harbour (VHF Ch 68). Check www.jhycantigua.com for all details or contact Tanner Jones 268-764-5910 or tannerdjones@hotmail.com.

St. Maarten Yacht Club

Members of the club Alec Scarabelli, Rhome Findlay, Jolyon Ferron, Andrea Scarabelli, Harry Antrobus and Stephen Looser participated in the Caribbean Dinghy Championships, hosted by the BYC in Barbados from August 14 to 16. The overall winner of the Championships was Team Trinidad and Tobago (see October All at Sea for details) in First Place with 66.6 points, Team Antigua in Second Place with 104 points and Team Martinique in Third Place with 119 points. Ruargh Findlay
provided photographs, and reported that, “the Sint Maarten team extend their sincere appreciation to the organizers Barbados Yacht Club, Penny and Anne for the huge effort put in by themselves and members of the BYC. Also, all SMYC Team members extend their appreciation to The Sint Maarten Yacht Club for the sponsorship they enjoyed, without which they would never have been able to participate in an event of this nature.”

St. Thomas Yacht Club

November 11-15 will see the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship for the Allegra Knapp Mertz and Adams Memorial Trophies, featuring top women sailors from the United States selected by resume. This year the competitors will sail in IC24s. The IC-24 or Inter-Club 24 was designed and built by two St. Thomas sailors.

"We are really proud and excited to have the opportunity to host this championship, the first U.S. Sailing Championship to be held outside of the continental United States," says event chair, Ruth Miller. "Women’s match racing has been added as an Olympic event in this Olympiad and the competition is extremely high level. We encourage everyone to come out to watch this spectator-friendly form of racing." For more information, call the club at 340-775-6320.

The St. Thomas Radiology Women’s Regatta & Tennis Tournament also will be held at the St. Thomas Yacht Club this month. The tennis portion of the event will take place November 12 to 15, while sailing will be held November 14 and 15. Girls age 12 and older and women are invited to enter the regatta portion of the event. Competitors will race in double-handed Club 420 dinghies. Friends, sisters and mother-daughter teams have competed in the past. The race format will be round robins on windward-leeward and triangular-shaped courses in Cowpet Bay. The entry fee includes a T-shirt and meals. To register, contact the St. Thomas Yacht Club at 340-775-6320.

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