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Young Yachtsmen Show Their Class at the SLYC Jr Dinghy Championships

The St Lucia Yacht Club (SLYC) hosted the 2005 Junior Dinghy
Championships in November. There were eight entries in the Optimist 8-11 class
and three seniors in the 11-15 Laser class.

The
Optimist class, juniors/beginners and advanced, was a four-race affair.
Yachtsmen initially took part in two assessment races whereby the top three
moved forward in their ranking to the next level of training and instruction to
the 11o/c class. It was to be class and not age which would prove to be the
defining factor. An annual assessment process!

Dr Camps
provided a new trophy for the Seniors race, won by
14-year-old Charlie Dher. He won with three firsts
and a second, totaling five points, making him St Lucia’s 2005 Optimist
Champion—well done Charlie!

Winner of
the Junior Optimist Class (this was the two assessment races) was Tommy Mexiner with Raina Bergasse, Marcus Sweeney and Michael King tying for second
place.

It was to
be quality rather than quantity in the Laser class with only three entries in
the four-race event. Luis Meixner was first overall
with six points. He achieved two wins and two seconds. His victory made so much
sweeter as it was his first year in the Laser class—and seeing his
brother placed third in the fiercely competed event. Frederick Sweeney was the
one separating the Meixner clan finishing in second
place.

Young Ted
Bull acted as shore-based controller for the event as Commodore Mike Green was
overseas performing ambassadorial duties in Gran Canaria.

Michael
Camps and Brigette Schuling
were the organizers of the event Uli Meixner and Charles Devaux
adopted the roles of on the water judges and safety personnel.

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