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Yacht Club News – Mar 09

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Antigua’s Jolly Harbour Yacht Club

JHYC held its annual meeting at the Dogwatch in early January and elected Paul Jackson as Commodore.  Others serving this year are David Milner, Vice Commodore; Brian Turton, Rear Commodore;  Colin Jones, Fleet Captain; Lynda Stacey-Lowe, Membership Secretary/Treasurer; Yvonnie Payne, Youth Development Director; and Angie Dickson, Event Coordinator.

Club members are planning a Classic Rum Cruise from Antigua to St Lucia with distillery and island-exploring stops in Guadeloupe, Les Saintes, Marie Galant, Dominica, Martinique and St Lucia. The cruise will leave Jolly Harbour on Monday, May 4 and conclude in Marigot Bay on Monday May 18.  Contact Paul Jackson at [email protected].

St. Thomas Yacht Club

Manager Bill Canfield is looking for volunteers to help out with the International Rolex regatta in all areas – contact him at [email protected].   The club held a Virgin Islands Sailing Association (VISA) Silent Auction in January with proceeds going to the USVI’s international sailing team.  During the winter season, the club has held Junior Sailing Classes for beginners and those with limited experience, taught by Jessie Murphy, Verian Aguilar, and Emmy Newbold.

St. Lucia Yacht Club

The St. Lucia Yacht Club hosted its Second annual SLYC Fun Day at Reduit Beach on Sunday December 14th. This year there was a morning session and an afternoon session of beach games, like “pass the plantain,” and dinghy races including a paddling race in an Opti filled with six team members of all sizes and a (really) short laser course for able seamen/women/children.

ARC sailors and families were invited to participate in the day’s event as well as the St. Lucia Yacht Club dinghy sailors. The morning session was enjoyed by four teams of junior sailors as well as the one-and-only early rising ARC crew who called themselves the “Wesley Team”, four young boys and one girl. The Wesley Team  were awarded the Fun Day ARC Crew prize, compliments of Island Water World, while the team to accumulate the most points in the morning was the “Billions and Billions of Blue Bilious Blistering Barnacles” winning a hamper compliments of Renwick & Co.

The afternoon session saw a few more ARC sailors including a crew from “Uhuru” and “Margrathea”.  Uhuru was the overall winner of the afternoon games.  Many thanks must go to the organizer of the Fun Day, Danielle DeRouk, who is the SLYC Membership Secretary, and her volunteers as well as the two junior sailing instructors, Rob Hemming and Chris Lowe.

Event sponsors were Digicel, Island Water World, Renwick & Co., Royal Bank of Canada (who sponsored 12 new safety jackets for the Kids Sailing Programme), Johnson’s Marine Hardware, J. E. Bergasse & Co, Sunset Heights, Delirius, Chris Doyle Guides, and the St. Lucia Tourist Board.

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