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USVI Surprises Many at the World Team Racing World Championships

Twenty teams representing 12 countries competed this year at the Grey Goose ISAF (International Sailing Federation) Team Racing World Championships at New York Yacht Club in Newport Rhode Island.

Team Racing is a fast growing alternative to fleet racing, where teams of three boats attack each other and gain position by setting blocks and traps at each mark and at the start and finish line. The objective is not to win the race as an individual sailor but rather to create a situation where your three boat team wins the race.

The USVI was represented by and extraordinarily young team as contrasting the many seasoned veterans from the US, England, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Four of the members of Team VI came from the Antilles School sailing team who recently finished 2nd at the High school Team Racing National Championship. Boat 1 from the VI was sailed by the youngest skipper and oldest crew at the event, Taylor Canfield and Carlos Aguilar. The second VI boat was skippered by Cy Thompson and crewed by Nathan Rosenberg both seniors at Antilles School. Tom Barrows from Antilles steered Boat 3 with Sarah Swan from St. John and Eckerd College serving as crew.

Team VI impressed all with a 1st place in the Silver fleet. The four teams from the United States and England dominated the finals with the US finishing 1st and 2nd on their home waters with England in 3rd and 4th. After over 400 races in a week of racing the Virgin Islands showed the rest of the contenders that we will be a force to be reckoned with at that next world championship to be sailed in Bombay, India.

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