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Yacht Club News – Feb 08

St. Croix:  St. Croix Yacht Club

Introductory classes for adults 18 and older are underway in February and March to provide club members with 12 hours of training by U.S. Sailing Certified Instructors in club-owned Rhodes 19s.  After School Sailing’s spring session started in January and runs through the end of this month for kids ages 8 to15 in Optimist Prams.  “The emphasis of this class will be advanced skill building and racing, but we will be having lots of fun as well,” said Waterfront Coordinator Krista Siino.

Tortola:  West End Yacht Club

When is a sweetheart not a schooner?  Answer: When she is a yacht named Kate! Last year’s running of the Sweethearts of the Caribbean Regatta was graced with the magical presence of  Phillip Walwyn’s beautiful recreation of a 1st Rule 12 Meter. Kate raced with the both Schooners and Classics to add her beauty to the larger than usual fleet. The club announces the 30th running of this classic event for Schooners and Classic sailing boats.

Commodore Martin van Hutten says that after 30 years the “Sweethearts” is part of the fabric of this long-established yacht club. The Schooner Race for Sweethearts will be held on Saturday Feb 16th with registration at the Jolly Roger on Friday evening Feb 15th. The newly added feature of a Couples race—
for “couples” of any sex in in any boat—will occur on Sunday  along with the 26th Classics Regatta—for boats of a design more than 30 years old (25 year olds can enter as “Wannabes”).  The WEYC hopes to see you there!

Cuba:  Hemingway International Yacht Club

As Representative of the International Game Fish Association in Cuba, Commodore Jose Miguel Diaz Escrich advises that from June 9th to 14th, 2008, the HIYC of Cuba will hold the 58th Ernest Hemingway International Billfish Fishing Tournament.  “I will be happy if teams from all over the world can participate with us in this sport fishing party…I invite all anglers to join in the homage we pay to Ernest Hemingway whom all Cubans consider a symbol of the friendly relations between the people of Unites States and Cuba,” says the Commodore.

A $450 US registration fee applies per team (up to three anglers) and $100 for an additional angler.  The fee includes free mooring if you come on your own boat, plus personal invitations to the Welcoming Cocktail, Closing Dinner and Awarding Ceremony for the team. Registration is made when you are in Marina Hemingway.  The tag and release method is applied and a numbered camera will be issued to each boat by the Jury in order to record fish before releasing them. Boats are available for rent at a price range of about 600 Cuba dollars per day.

Antigua:  Antigua Yacht Club

Congratulations to dynamic Elizabeth Jordan on becoming the first woman commodore of the Antigua Yacht Club. Skipper and owner of her 36ft Swan Arcangel, Elizabeth is also an accomplished sailor with many triumphs in Caribbean racing. Her tremendous enthusiasm coupled with a refreshing sense of humor will be a welcome asset to Antigua’s yachting community.
Reported by Gilley Gobinet

Puerto Rico:  Radio Control Sailing Club

Captain Andy reports that sailors in Fajardo have started a new club for Radio Control (RC) sailboats named X52 one design RC sailing.  “We have a web page with more information we get together every Sunday in Fajardo next to Sunbay marina at the Corporacion de Pescadores De Beltran.  We’ve got more than 15 RC boats, and soon we’ll reach 20 boats.” Call Andy on his cell, 787-413 9528,

Tortola:  Royal BVI Yacht Club

Emma Paul sent news reports that Matt Hood won December’s Commodore’s Race in his Racing in Paradise ahead of Alec Anderson and a group of junior sailors on Mark Plaxton’s Intac. “Mike Masters’ Black Pearl finished third in the competition which attracted seven participants, competing in windy conditions. Peter Haycraft’s Pipe Dream placed fourth. He was followed by Chris Watters on CCT Kats. Guy Eldridge’s Luxury Girl and BVI Olympian Robin Tattersall’s Diva rounded out the placing.”

“This race was a lot of fun, with a huge amount of winds blowing 20-25 knots and lots of competition,” noted Commodore Clair Burke. She said the past year of racing has been great and she has seen tremendous improvement, particularly in the junior sailing program. The club passed out the following prizes during Saturday night’s awards ceremony: Most Improved Club Dinghy—Molly Donovan. Best Jr. Sailor—Donte Hodge-Dickerson. Most Improved Club Yacht—Intac, Alec Anderson and James Wood. Best Club Helm, Peter Haycraft. Best BVI International Competitor—3 Harkems, Chris Lloyd. Ruby Griffiths Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Service to the Club—Michael and Diane Kirk.

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