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Yacht Club News October 2009

Antigua’s Jolly Harbour Yacht Club

Carol Smith sent details on the club’s regatta, scheduled for November 28 & 29 this year. Parties, BBQs, a live band, dancing and amusing prize giving celebrations are all promised by the club. 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 (www.jhycantigua.com/jhyc_form) or EC$175 per boat when registering at Skipper’s Briefing.

Prizes will be awarded to at least the first three boats in each class. Berths will be available free of charge on the days of racing excluding water, electricity, etc. Notify the Marina Office on arrival in Jolly Harbour (VHF Ch 68). The website, www.jhycantigua.com, has a schedule of events or contact Tanner Jones 268-764-5910, email tannerdjones@hotmail.com. Everyone is welcome to the festivities, Carol reports, even if you are not sailing.

St Lucia Yacht Club

Danielle De Rouck, SLYC’s Social Secretary, forwarded a report by Coach Fredric Sweeney on the Premier’s Cup International Youth Regatta held July 10 to 12:  A youth team from the St. Lucia Yacht Club, representing the St. Lucia Sailing Association, traveled to Tortola to compete.

“The competition was tough but our young team managed to capture the silver medal, our best-ever result there. The Premiers’ Cup is an annual fund raising event held by Kids and the Sea (KATS) for sailors age 17 and under. It is hosted by the Nanny Cay marina in Tortola and sponsored, as always, by the Rotary Clubs of the BVI. Each year the cup is sailed in IC24 sail boats, modified J24s with a more open cockpit initially designed for cruising. The number of entries in this years’ regatta was about average at eleven though, disappointingly, only four teams attended—from St. Lucia, the United States, Anguilla and the BVI.

“Our young team performed exceptionally well compared to previous years and considering their experience level. They have shown that there is some true potential for youth keelboat sailing in St. Lucia. Thanks go out to the St. Lucia Yacht Club and all the parents who supported the team and to the owners of Unbridled, the J24 used for training, and Danielle, Social Secretary SLYC for chaperoning. www.stluciayachtclub.com   

St. Thomas Yacht Club

Manager Bill Canfield reports on strong summer performances from the club’s young sailors. Taylor Canfield and Cy Thompson won the match race hosted by Chicago Match Race Center in July; they competed against a strong international field and lost only one match, winning 10.

Taylor Canfield also won his third straight Garde 3 match race sailing with Bret Clark and going undefeated in 11 races, qualified for the US Sailing National Match Racing Championship this November with just nine other sailors. Taylor Canfield is now ranked 57th in the ISAF World rankings. Canfield also won the 420 North Americans in August and congratulations also went out from the club to Olin Davis and Alec Taylor for their 10th place finish.

William Bailey finished third at the US Laser Radial National Championship with another club member, Max Nickbarg, finishing 20th; Tyler Rice finished third at Buzzards Bay Regatta, third at Hyannis Regatta and second at the National Team Racing Championship in the 420. Ian Barrows and Olin Davis finished 20th in 420 at Buzzards Bay.

Thomas Barrows finished second at Laser National Championship in full rig and was preparing along with Cy Thompson for the Laser Worlds in Nova Scotia. In Europe sailing at the I420 Worlds, Alec Coyle made the Gold Fleet and Nikki Barnes, one of only four female skippers, had a solid performance in the Silver Fleet. Thomas Walden had a strong summer in Optimist with many top 10 finishes and a 12th in Blue fleet at the New Englands with over 300 sailors. Congratulations on an outstanding summer to all!

Virgin Islands Sailing Association

VISA has issued a document on the association’s qualifier system for the upcoming Caribbean and Central American Games (August 2010, Mayaguez, PR), the 2011 Pan Am Games (October 2011, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and the 2012 Olympics (Summer 2012, Weymouth, England UK.)  Get information or send questions via email to visailing@gmail.com

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