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Yacht Club News – Apr 08

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Antigua’s Jolly Harbour Yacht Club

JHYC members have joined forces with the Young Achievers Club, a local initiative run by Mr. Clarence Pilgrim helping the island’s young entrepreneurs achieve their goals.  In February, teacher Neikeisha George brought six young recruits to try their hand at sailing with JHYC Commodore Brian Turton on board Miramar and Rick Gormley on Elethea. The teacher has 36 children lined up to participate in this weekly event. The club reports that this has been very encouraging for Tanner Jones who is heading up a voluntary team renovating five Sunfish dinghies to enable JHYC to form a Youth Division.  For more information call Brian Turton on 770 6172. www.jhycantigua.com.

Curacao Yacht Club

Charles Heldewier invites anglers to come down on April 4 – 6 when the club will hold its 42nd Blue Marlin Tournament. “For basic information and registration you can still use the site www.curacaoyachtclub.com,” he advises, or call Heldewier at 00-5999-5118671.

St. Croix Yacht Club

The Club is launching a Little Mariners Learn to Sail Program for kids ages 6-10 on Wednesday afternoons, Waterfront Coordinator Krista Siino reports.

“We will teach them the fundamentals of living and playing safely near the water.  Boat handling, rowing, strengthening swimming skills and safety will be taught.  This is a great place for the young ones to get comfortable in the water and on a boat sailing in front of the club in Teague Bay.”

Rob Armstrong and crew on his J/100 Bad Girl represented St Croix Yacht Club with pride in the Key West Race Week, an event that has over 300 boats participating.  They won the race in Key West for their class (PHRF 4) and they also won the PHRF National Championship, the club reports.

St. Maarten Yacht Club

A team of six young sailors from the SMYC in Simpson Bay competed in the Anguilla Youth Sailing Club Inter-Island Optimist Regatta held at Road Bay, Anguilla Saturday, February 16.  “Of the 18 competitors from Anguilla and St Barths, five of the Sint Maarten sailors finished in the top seven places – with Rhône Findlay (11) First, Harry Antrobus (14) Second, Steven Looser (13 – Defending Champion 2007) Third, Jolyon Ferron (13) Fifth and Saskia Looser (11)  Seventh,” the club reports. The team was accompanied by instructor Maarten Ruijtenberg and a number of supporters, parents, and sponsors.

St. Lucia Yacht Club

The St. Lucia Yacht Club Dinghy Sailing Programme sent a team of eight young sailors and two coaches off to Martinique to compete in the 19th Annual Schoelcher Regatta in February. On Wednesday February 6, the team sailed back into Rodney Bay Marina on the yachts, "Clara", "Turtle", "II Restless" with their dinghies strapped to the decks. The yacht captains, sailors and coaches were wet and exhausted but well satisfied with the performance of the young sailors over the previous four days in Martinique. “The results tell it all: In the laser radial class Fred Sweeney (18) just missed third place by a few points putting him in fourth overall. Dominic Lovell (15) and Eric Simmons (18) in the same class placed 9th and 10th respectively. Luis Meixner (16), in the Laser Standard class was the team’s award-winning sailor placing third. Marc Spurway (11) placed 8th in the Optimist Benjamin class. In the Optimist Minimis class Marcus Sweeney (12) placed 27th, Thomas Meixner (12) placed 31st and Stephanie Lovell (12) placed 35th. This was a wonderful performance from all of the young sailors and the coaches were very pleased.” The team thanked Sue and Norm and "Clara", Barbara and Steve and "Turtle" and Jonathan and "II Restless", Yacht Club members who generously offered themselves, their time, and their yachts to the team.

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