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Young Yachtsmen Show Their Class at the SLYC Jr Dinghy Championships

The St Lucia Yacht Club (SLYC) hosted the 2005 Junior Dinghy Championships in November. There were eight entries in the Optimist 8-11 class and three seniors in the 11-15 Laser class.

The Optimist class, juniors/beginners and advanced, was a four-race affair. Yachtsmen initially took part in two assessment races whereby the top three moved forward in their ranking to the next level of training and instruction to the 11o/c class. It was to be class and not age which would prove to be the defining factor. An annual assessment process!

Dr Camps provided a new trophy for the Seniors race, won by 14-year-old Charlie Dher. He won with three firsts and a second, totaling five points, making him St Lucia’s 2005 Optimist Champion—well done Charlie!

Winner of the Junior Optimist Class (this was the two assessment races) was Tommy Mexiner with Raina Bergasse, Marcus Sweeney and Michael King tying for second place.

It was to be quality rather than quantity in the Laser class with only three entries in the four-race event. Luis Meixner was first overall with six points. He achieved two wins and two seconds. His victory made so much sweeter as it was his first year in the Laser class—and seeing his brother placed third in the fiercely competed event. Frederick Sweeney was the one separating the Meixner clan finishing in second place.

Young Ted Bull acted as shore-based controller for the event as Commodore Mike Green was overseas performing ambassadorial duties in Gran Canaria.

Michael Camps and Brigette Schuling were the organizers of the event Uli Meixner and Charles Devaux adopted the roles of on the water judges and safety personnel.

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