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Yacht Club News – July 09

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Netherlands Antilles Canoe Federation

The Netherlands Antilles Canoe Federation fielded its first junior team in a foreign ocean racing event. Jolyon Ferron and Jannick Wolthuis competed in Martinique on Friday May 22 in the Raid Romain and in Guadeloupe on Sunday in the Selectif N1 du Moule. Their coach, Stuart Knaggs, accompanied them and competed in the veteran’s category. Naggs reports that the current junior team has made exceptional progress in less than a year of training, to be in a position to seriously compete for top placings.

Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club

In late April, the Virgin Queen Restaurant & Bar sponsored the Pizza Pursuit Race run by the Royal BVI Yacht Club. Winners were: in Cruising class, Rascal (Cal 40, Adrian Sinton, skipper) and in Racing class, Lime (IC 24, Colin Rathbun, skipper.) Competitors enjoyed pizza provided by the Virgin Queen at Nanny Cay following the race, and Ed Stroh, proprietor, handed out t-shirts, hats and meal certificates to the winners.

St. Croix Yacht Club

The regatta committee reports that the St. Croix Yacht Club’s regatta has been accepted by the National Hospice Regatta Alliance, with fiscal non-profit sponsorship by the St. Croix Foundation. Regatta organizers intend to attract both new sponsors and new racers to this 501(c)(3) charitable event, while raising awareness and funds for their local hospice. The date to save is February 19-21, 2010.

New race courses, including a long distance course especially designed for first time racers and live-aboard cruisers, will entice those heavy displacement vessels that don’t normally participate in standard windward/leeward racing. Hard-core racers will find the “sausage” and “triangle” courses they love in the Buck Island Channel, and one-design dinghy racers will race inside the Teague Bay reef.

Shore-side activities will include the traditional Cruzan Rum party on Friday evening and a weigh-in for winning skippers to receive his/her weight in Cruzan Rum. New in 2010: expanded on-site first aid facilities and a fundraising component to benefit Continuum Care, Inc., provider of hospice care in the Virgin Islands since 2000. CCI’s end-of-life services are provided regardless of a patient’s ability to pay, according to founder Tracy Sanders. Funds raised by the regatta will help to ensure continuing coverage for all who require supportive care in their final days.

The St. Croix Yacht Club, founded in 1952, has hosted its all-volunteer international regatta since 1993. The club has approximately 500 members and is housed on six beachfront acres on St. Croix’s residential East End.

St. Lucia Yacht Club

On Sunday, May 3, Sunday the club organized a race in Rodney Bay. “We had 5 J24’s out and 2 Lasers. Lots of fun and a pleasure to watch,” reports the club’s social secretary, Danielle De Rouck, who now routinely takes photos, puts together picture albums, and posts the club’s events on Facebook and YouTube. Great idea, Danielle!

St. Thomas Yacht Club

Bill Canfield reports that the club’s local Antilles High School team qualified for the Team Racing Championship in California in late May with just 11 other schools.

Friday Night IC 24 Races have begun in front of the club with first starting signal as close to 5:15 as possible, so skippers and crews should arrive as near 4:30 as possible. Another Friday night tradition for the club since its inception has been the family oriented "happy hour,” and the club now offers complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a satellite bar on the lower deck on Friday nights.

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