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Doyle Latitude 18 Team BVI Stomps 2005 Women's Keel Boat Caribbean Championship

Returning to St. Maarten as defending champions, BVI’s Emma Paull skippered the Doyle/Latitude 18 Team to victory in the 2005 Women’s Keel Boat Caribbean Championship. With home ports of St. Thomas/St. John, St. Croix, BVI, Barbados and St. Maarten, ten teams competed. Along with teammates Rebecca Paull, Clair Burke and Linda Phillips, Emma Paull took the top honours, finishing first in five out of seven races.

Sailing with four adults, the BVI Team was somewhat heavier than many of the other teams and Paull felt that the extra weight was to their advantage. On Saturday, winds were shifty, ranging in velocity from 5 – 15. On Sunday, still shifty in the lagoon, the wind ranged from 15 – 25 and race officer Andrew Rapley called for a reef in the main after the first race. “In light air, the extra weight did not hurt us and in heavy air, we were able to keep the boat much flatter than the other teams,” said Paull.

During racing on Saturday, it appeared that one of the Sunfast Jeanneau 20s was much slower than all of the other boats. In the sixth race of the day, it became obvious that the mechanism that holds the keel in place had failed. As a result, a redress hearing was held and all teams that had sailed that boat dropped that result and were awarded an average of the other six races sailed instead.

While Doyle/Latitude 18 Team BVI dominated the regatta, winning with 9.3 points, a battled raged for second through fourth place. With a separation of only 1.2 points, after the final tally, Lynn Rapley, skippering Necol Racing, took second place with 16. 3 points, fourteen-year-old Mimi Roller of Team VI (St. Thomas/St. John) placed third with 17 points and Kim Frye of Good Cards/Scuba Shop (St. Maarten) was fourth with 17.5 points.

During the prize giving, Robbie Ferron, race organizer said in his remarks, “There seemed to be two races going on, the BVI and everyone else. This weekend showed a level of women’s sailing that I have not seen before.”


1. Doyle Sailmakers/Latitude 18/Team BVI       9.3

2.  Necol Racing/St. Maarten16.3

  1. Tean VI/ St. Thomas/ St. John  17
  2. Good Card/Scuba Shop/ St. Maarten  17.5
  3. Cruisin Cruzans/ St. Croix  21
  4. Women in M’Ocean / St. Maarten  26
  5. Island 92/ St. Maarten36.1
  6. Budget Marine/St. Maarten37
  7. Quantum Chicks/. St. Maarten39
  8.  IEB Marine Surveyors/St. Maarten 44.3


Sportsmanship:  Mary Wrigley

Youngest Skipper:  Mimi Roller (14 years old)

Youngest Crew:  Winnie Rapley (11 year old foredeck)

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