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Yacht Club News – Jan 09

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St. Croix Yacht Club

Chris Schreiber sent word that the St. Croix Country Day sailing team of Jae Tonachel, Chris Schreiber, and Kyle Foster took third place out of 28 teams in the Great Oaks High School Regatta, sailed the weekend of November 15 and 16 at the Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans, LA.  “With teams coming from as far away as Hawaii, the Cruzan sailors sailed a solid regatta in tricky conditions to place in the money.”  The St. Croix team held a solid second place most of the final day, but a late charge by Ft. Lauderdale edged out the Cruzan sailors in the end, with Vero Beach’s St. Edwards Academy taking first place. 

St. Lucia Yacht Club

To mark the 2008 departure of ARC 2008 on Sunday 23rd November from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay, St Lucia, the club participated in the annual flotilla on the same day, sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of St. Lucia and St. Lucia Yacht Club in co-operation with the St. Lucia Tourist Board & IGY Marina.  The club also organized a Fun Day on the 14th December with water and beach-based games and sailing with the Optimists & Lasers as well. The club invited all the ARC visiting sailors, adults and kids, to join in. www.stluciayachtclub.com 

St. Thomas Yacht Club

Bill Canfield reports that while women were competing at the St. Thomas Radiology Regatta, (see report in this issue), other St. Thomas sailors who had a great weekend on the same dates were Taylor Canfield, Tyler Rice and Max Nickbarg.  The trio finished second at the finals for the North American Nation’s Cup Championship in Charleston. “This young team lost to Dave Perry, 4 x US Match Racing Champion, in a very close finals, 3-1.”

Trinidad &Tobago Sailing Association

Esther van Santen reported that Trinidad & Tobago’s Women’s Youth Sailing Team, consisting of 18-year old skipper Megan Chan Chow and crewmembers Alexandra Amon (17), Nephema Callender (15), Ella Bayne (15) and Rushell Rousseau (14), were by far the youngest team competing at the 7th Budget Marine Caribbean Women’s One-Design Keelboat Championships held in St. Maarten (see report this issue). “However the fact that most of their competitors were their senior by more than 20 years did not intimidate the T&T youths at all, instead they showed all the seasoned sailors what they were made off by winning their first race of the Championships.  While in St. Maarten the young team and their coach also took the opportunity to promote the upcoming Tobago Carnival Regatta. This Festival of Wind will be the Grand Finale of the new and improved Southern Caribbean Regatta Circuit and will take place February 10 – 14 2009 at Pigeon Point, Tobago.”

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