Very proud to report that Ian Barrows just won aÂ GOLD MedalÂ at the First Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore. Tiny St. Thomas Yacht Club continues to shock the sailing community with success after success – but this is a really big one!
To quote Denis Holmberg from an email sent to Lyn Reid VP of the VIOC:
"wowâ€¦.how exciting for Ian and the Virgin Islands monâ€¦both Peter & I have been following his results since his first OCS (is that a Barrows thing? 😉 result.
please pass on my personal congratulations.
we are extremely proud of him, you and the rest of the VI delegation."
another Olympic medalist and a freaking GOLD to boot. historic!
Here is a piece from the International Sailing website: http://www.sail-world.com/cruising/index.cfm?nid=73811&rid=11
Boys Byte Cll
Virgin IslanderÂ Ian BarrowsÂ sailed to gold in the boy’s Byte CII class. Barrows had hit the front on the penultimate day of the regatta and made certain of success with a third-place finish in the medal race.
His score of 44 points gave him a 16-point margin of victory over Germany’sÂ Florian Haufe, who claimed silver.
Netherlands Antilles’ sailorÂ Just Van AanholtÂ clinched bronze after winning the race on the last day, shading out Finland’sÂ Kaarle TapperÂ by four points.
Barrows stayed very focused to the end as he maturely describes,Â "You’ve just got to stay really focused and not get too caught up in the results and not get too nervous. I had really good boat speed on the upwind and tactics, so that helped a lot and I was super conservative."
Silver medalistÂ Haufe described his day, "I concentrated on the Finish competitor because he was the closest but after the start I was well ahead and just going for the finish as fast as possible."
"The best thing about the YOG has been the friendship amongst the competitors even today when it was really close and we were fighting for a medal, I was still friends with the Finnish and the other guys, it was nice to have so many friends here."
Just vanÂ Aanholt made it two Caribbean nation medals on the podium and was proud of his experience in Singapore.
"I feel very happy, at one moment I was looking back all the time, I’m just very happy. I think I’m going to celebrate with all my friends."
"The Caribbean sailors are having a very good generation!"Â
Well said to Just van Aanholt who along with his brothers and sisters have been frequent visitors to the Scotiabank Regatta
Congratulations again to Ian and Just! Way to make the Caribbean proud!