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Yacht Club News – Apr 09

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Antigua Yacht Club

Live aboard, cruising sailor, Kristen Buckley, on Sayonara with her husband David volunteered a report to All at Sea on  their short term membership at the Antigua Yacht Club:

For cruisers who love sailing but don’t have the room or desire to store a sailing dinghy on deck, we found the perfect solution. Go to Antigua, anchor in Falmouth Harbor, join the Antigua Yacht Club (AYC) and sail the trade winds on Lasers, Sport 16’s and Beach Cats.

The Antigua Yacht Club has made it easy for visitors of all kinds who have a passion for sailing to join the club with short term membership plans. For $50US a week or $100US a month, you can become a temporary member and enjoy use of their boats and facilities. It seemed the goal for the club was to get people out on the water and they are succeeding.

Dinghy sailing has to be one of the most competitive types of racing and the guys at AYC – Carl, Jarisse, Jamarly and others – take it seriously, but have a lot of fun doing it. They were the most gracious hosts and encouraged us to participate in every event coordinated by AYC. The club also had amazing programs for kids. They paid close attention and taught sailing techniques to all; pointing out good and bad form, lineup position for racing, correct sail trim, and coached each sailor to better performance. Carl, who manages the sailing programs and more, represented Antigua racing Lasers in the Olympics so everyone was learning from one of the best.

Dave raced regularly and found, for one design racing, there was always a nice crowd of up to 15 Lasers which was impressive for random weekday evenings. The races were complete with people from beginners to very experienced racers; a mix of locals, cruisers, land based visitors and crew from the yachts. Dave and I raced the Sport 16’s together in the High Tide Series and, as temporary members of the club, were included in the prize giving. Having missed the ceremony, we later found a bottle of English Harbor Rum in our cockpit. Now that’s what we call a special delivery! 

We shared many laughs and friendly “digs” during our time spent at AYC and after three weeks in Antigua, we found it was the people who made our experience so wonderful.

Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club 

Following the club’s annual meeting, new board members were announced:  Simon Wood – Commodore, Dick Schoonover – Vice Commodore, Judy Petz – Secretary, Stan Sexton – Treasurer, Guy Eldridge – Captain of Sailing, Richard Wooldridge – Captain of Sailing Development, Mike Kirk – Membership, Lis Robertson – House, and Nick Cunha – Captain of Angling.

St. Croix Yacht Club

Ellen Sanpere reported that a fleet of seven heavy cruisers, two racer-cruisers and one trimaran completed the annual Race Around St. Croix on Sunday, January 25, 2009. “Conditions were those racers dream about for most of the two days: 12-16 knots out of the ENE, with an occasional gust to 18 knots just to keep it interesting. As in previous years, the race ran from Pull Point on the north shore, clockwise around the biggest U.S. Virgin Island, and included an overnight stop in Frederiksted. A new feature this year was a just-for-fun power boat rally; two showed up to brave the rugged east end and the reef enshrouded south shore. Sightings of rainbows, whales and leatherback turtles were reported.” With CSA correction factors, final results were (top five): 1, Cayennita Grande, J-36, Tony & Ellen Sanpere; 2, El Presidente, Thomas 35, Jeff Fangmann; 3, Barbaric Yawp, Tartan 30, Taylor Babb; 4, Piglet, Newick 23 Teegull, Joe & Julie San Martin; 5, Serenity, Morgan 45, Dave & Shannon Altom.

St. Maarten Yacht Club

Ruargh Findlay reported that St. Maarten Yacht Club’s team made a clean sweep of the Opti and Laser classes when they participated in the 2009 Anguilla Dinghy Regatta organised by the Anguilla Youth Sailing Club. The event incorporated the Optimist Junior Championships and three additional events for Lasers, Hobi Cats and 420’s open to all ages. Principal sponsor of the event was St Maarten’s David Antrobus, General Manager (north Caribbean) of the Sol Group, supporters of many regional sailing competitions.

St. Thomas Yacht Club

A record number of people welcomed new Commodore Bill Newbold and his officers and Board at the club’s Commodore’s Ball. Cy Thompson was awarded the Mac D Trophy for a career of excellence in Junior sailing, presented by the award’s creator, Past Commodore John Jouett, who came from Portland for the festivities.

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