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Yacht Club News September 2009

Antigua’s Jolly Harbour Yacht Club

Carol Smith sent updates on club activities and offerings for visiting yachts:  “Every Saturday afternoon all year, JHYC organizes an “all comers” competitive sailing event for local and visiting yachts. The event attempts to promote a more relaxed and social form of competitive sailing, aimed at sailing performance improvement and participation for all. CSA rated racers and racer/cruisers are all welcome.

“Cruisers & Live-a-Boards, in particular, will enjoy this opportunity to hone their skills and gauge their sailing improvement over time against the ongoing revision of their Sailing Performance Handicap (SPH). Saturday sailing will usually have downwind starts and upwind finishes due to start/finish lines being located at the entrance to Jolly Harbour Marina.

“Free overnight dockage for Saturday night, until 12:00 on Sunday, is kindly offered by Jolly Harbour Marina. Sailors should make contact and deal directly with the Marina if they wish to take advantage of this generous offer. Contact: 268-462-6041. Results and prize giving follow at the Foredeck Bar and is a great way to relax and relive the events of the day. As always, we are very appreciative of our supporters including Sugar Ridge Developments, The Foredeck Bar and Signpro.” For further information go to www.jhycantigua.com or contact Brian Turton at 268-770-6172 email: miramarsailing@hotmail.com.

The club also now offers regular dinghy pleasure sailing, training, and racing throughout the year at the northern end of North Beach, Jolly Harbour. Their fleet now comprises three Lasers, two Sport 16’s, one Hobie 16, two Topper International One Designs and one Fin (currently in need of some maintenance so not available for sailing just yet). Participants must be able to swim 25 yards with a buoyancy aid which must be worn at all times on the water.

“Pleasure sailing and practice is Saturday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to sail one of the fleet will first need to demonstrate a suitable level of competence to the instructor,” Carol reports.

“Adult & junior dinghy sailing instruction is Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The aim is to provide a structured course covering all aspects of dinghy sailing including basic sailing theory & practice, rigging, capsize drill, helming and single handing.

“Every Sunday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. there is a series of Laser Races with up to four boats competing. Match Races can be staged for crews in the Sport 16’s or for individuals in the Toppers. They have a nice reach, upwind, downwind course that takes about 15 minutes to sail. On the beach, while all this is going on, they set up a BBQ for all to bring their own food and drink. It is a fun, social afternoon with plenty to watch and giggle over!

“A nominal fee is charged for these sessions and the proceeds of the JHYC Dinghy Sailing go to the Youth Sailing Program. JHYC gratefully acknowledges the help and support of many individuals and Antiguan companies, but, particularly Anjo Insurance, A & F Sails, The Foredeck Bar, Sugar Ridge Developments and Signpro.

“To avoid disappointment it will be necessary to ‘book a boat’ with Pippa Pettingell at 722-8468 or email pippapettingell@hotmail.com. Come, join in and enjoy!”

St. Thomas Yacht Club

Manager Bill Canfield keeps club members updated with regular reports:  “Our young sailors are literally all over the world doing their thing with exciting results. At the French Nationals in I 420, Alex Coyle and Joszi Nemeth finished 11th out of 83 and Nikki Barnes and Ian Coyle sailing their first I 420 finished 23rd. This is one of the most competitive classes in the world for youth sailors and these are impressive results.

“Taylor Canfield finished first at the Stolze Cup in Toronto, a grade three match race against some of the US and Canada’s top match racers. Cy Thompson, sailing with Bill Alcott a perennial Rolex Regatta winner on Equation, sailed in his 1st Mackinac Race and finished 4th. This was Cy’s first off shore race (over 330 miles from Chicago to Mackinac Island) and, although very cold, he had a ball.”

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