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Robbie Yearwood on a Roll at the Grenada Yacht Club Race

Fresh from his successes in the recent La Source Grenada Sailing Festival Regatta, Robbie Yearwood and his crew racing the club J24 Blue By You took the number one slot in the first of the 2006 Grenada Yacht Club races.

After a week of big seas and “heavy” winds, Sunday was quiet and still. The race was sailed off Grand Anse Beach and the course a sausage triangle, but first the boats had to make it across the start line in light shifty winds!

A fairly small fleet had assembled, with Jason Fletchers Apero undergoing some minor repairs, Richard Szyjan the helm of Category Five laid up with a broken foot, Tim Sudells Saga still having her mast repaired and an assortment of pressing engagements keeping the other competitors away.

Mike Williams in his Beneteau First 325 Aquilo took an early lead, with the Commodore Darryl Braithwaite in his tri Second Wind close on his heels. Robbie Yearwood having been sailed onto the committee boat had to take a turn and the other club J24 Tempest helmed by Mark Solomon made up the fleet.

Mike Williams was to hold the lead for the early part of the race, with only minimal crew - me! Aquilo sailed under jib and main only, Second Wind also struggling with only two crew were unable to make use of their genekar, and Mark Solomon with his new crew also had opted for jib and main. Robbie, however, took the opportunity of the light winds to put his crew through their paces and fly a spinnaker, a decision that was to eventually win him the race by some 20 seconds from Aquilo. Mark Solomon came in a credible third with Second Wind fourth on corrected time.

Randy Mainwaring was the race officer and not only laid the marks for the 10:30 start but had them up quickly enough to get back to the Yacht Club and have the results posted! It was then time to relax with a well earned beer and lunch at the recently opened Club restaurant “The Galley” which was doing steady business - word of their culinary expertise has obviously already got around!

The Grenada Yacht Club Race Programme has now been set and with a mixture of Match Racing in the J24’s, Pursuit, and round the cans racing - 2006 looks set to be competitive and fun.

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