Aponte Wins – 5th Youth International Popular Securities Regatta

Thirty-seven junior sailors from Puerto Rico, Tortola, the
Netherland Antilles, and the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Croix and
St. Thomas took to the waters off Ponce Yacht &
Fishing Club, in Ponce, Puerto
Rico, for the 5th Youth International Popular Securities, Inc.
Regatta. Sailed the weekend of November 11-13, there were 25 sailors competing
in the Red, White and Blue advanced fleets and 12 in
the beginner Green fleets. Seven laser sailors also raced.

Clear skies with winds 8 to 12 knots out of the east spelled
conditions for the first two days, however shifty
winds set the scene for the last day’s competition.

After completing a total of 11 races, Puerto
Rico’s Ivan Aponte dominated the Optimist event, followed by
a well-deserved second place by Fernando Monllor, Jr. Aponte and Monllor dueled
most of the time. Jose Joaquin Nigaglioni placed third.

Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.