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Yacht Club News – May 08

Antigua Jolly Harbour Yacht Club

Thanks to Jan Edwards for reporting on a fund-raising football match on South Beach with Antigua scoring the only goal in the second half.  (“Antigua 1, England 0”) “This was just one of the games enjoyed at a Jolly Harbour Yacht Club FUNDAY organized by Event Coordinator Adrian Fearnley to raise money for  ABSAR, Antigua and Barbuda’s own rescue service who are always on hand to help fishermen, sailors and swimmers alike in emergency situations,” reports Edwards.  “Congratulations to Rosemond Etienne, from Bolans who scooped the star prize of two return airline tickets, courtesy of LIAT.”  The event raised over $5000.

British Virgin Islands Royal BVI Yacht Club

The final session in this term’s Kids and The Sea sailing program took place on Saturday March 15th when nine sailors took to the water in Road Harbour and participated in a fun regatta.  Sailors exhibited skills they had picked up in just 12 weeks of lesson, for a few hours a weekend, and tackled the challenge of getting around the race course in a safe, fun, and controlled manner.
Certificates were given out to the sailors who had advanced from Level Ones, to Level Twos, as well the new sailors who were given their Level Ones, with thanks to volunteers who donated their time.  The next Kids and The Sea sailing program started April 12th.  For program information, contact Chris Watters or Nels Hagesnson  494-3286 or 544-7000.

Curacao Yacht Club

On Saturday March 8th CYC organized its Warm-up Open Billfish Release Tournament, a pre-event for the 42nd Luhrs Blue Marlin Tournament to be held April 4 – 6.  The winning boat, awarded free registration for the April event, was Make My Day.  Junior Angler Stephen van Heyningen and Bertie Perret Gentil both released a Blue Marlin, two out of five marlin total that were released.   For detailed results on both tournaments: www.curacaoyachtclub.com.

St. Croix Yacht Club

Antilles School from St. Thomas just nipped St. Croix Country Day in the Caribbean Qualifier for the Mallory Trophy Championships February 23 held at the St. Croix Yacht Club.  The highlight of the regatta was the presence of two new schools, St. Croix’s Good Hope School and Puerto Rico’s Palmas Academy.  “With four schools competing, the future for high school sailing in the Caribbean looks bright,” reports Chris Schrieber.  The event was the South Atlantic High School Sailing Association (SAISA) qualifier for the Mallory National Fleet Racing Championship.  Antilles School, as the winner of this regatta, will next travel to Jacksonville, FL, for the District Championships, which is the qualifier for the National Championship (won by Antilles in 2006).

Trinidad and Tobago Sailing Association

TTSA sent a team to compete at the World Laser Radial Championships 2008 in Takapuna, New Zealand March 22 – 30.  Attending the World Laser Radial Youth Championships were Aaron Barcant, James Leighton, and Stuart Leighton.  Andrew Lewis also participated in the Men’s Championships at the same venue.

Sint Maarten Yacht Club

Easter weekend had the ten Jeanneau 20’s from Lagoon Sailboat Rental racing in the Quantum Easter Boat Hop along with a group of four youngsters from the SMYC Youth Sailing program racing in the clubs Laser Radials.

In the Jeanneau class, the winner was Andrea Scarabelli with his family team; In the Laser class, Kevin van den Berg took first.  The Laser sailors were supported by SMYC coach Maarten Ruijtenberg, who is doing an internship at the SMYC for his sailing teaching qualification course in Friesland, Holland.

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