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Yacht Club News - Jun 05

Antigua

July's CSA Dinghy Championship (July 16-17) is almost upon us, with the deadline for entries falling on June 15th. This prestigious tournament invites competition from a maximum of six Caribbean countries, with racing in Laser, Zoom 8, Optimist and Sport 16 classes.

On the social side, the First Annual Hawaiian Beach Barbecue was held March 13. 200 people and some 20 boats piled into Carlisle Bay Resort to slip into a grass skirt and enjoy pig roast, huli huli chicken and Polynesian Painkiller cocktails.

For information on social or sailing events at the AYC, contact [email protected]

Grenada

The Grenada Yacht Club (GYC) will hold its 6th Annual Regatta on July 7, 8, 9 and 10. Sailors will leave from Grand Anse beach with the after-race partying at the Grenada Yacht Clubhouse.

Along with Racing, Cruising, Charter and Multihull classes, live aboard cruisers are actively encouraged to enter in the Fun class category. If you intend to race in the Racing or Cruising classes, a CSA Certificate will be required at final registration. The Grenada Yacht Club is looking forward to participants from throughout the region coming to this event. Grenada Yacht Club is also affiliated with the Caribbean Sailing Association, The Marine and Yachting Association of Grenada, The Grenada Sailing Association and the Caribbean Racing Association.

For more information about the event and for pre-registration information please visit our website at www.grenadayachtclub.com or call 473-440-6826.

Jolly Harbour Yacht Club

The second Mount Gay Fun Regatta was held on April 9th, in Five Islands Harbour, Antigua.

Winds were mainly light and very variable with occasional strong gusts. The Cruising class set off first and raced from Five Islands to the entrance of St. John's shipping channel. This start was made exciting by a cruiser taking away the start mark, anchor and all. It wasn't until the skipper of the offending boat tried to tack that he realized something was amiss!

The mark was replaced and the first of three races for the Racer/Cruisers got underway. These courses were all windward/leeward courses. Regular competitor Tony Sayer on Augustine would probably have won the last race but claims his tactician had forgotten how many laps he had done. Shot by the finishing line under spinnaker but on the wrong side of the committee boat, he was determined to do another lap! In the spirit of the Mount Gay fun regatta, he was called back by the committee boat before doing a complete extra lap.

In the Racer/Cruiser class Trouble, skippered by Geoffrey Pidduck, was the easy winner of every race on corrected time and took the Mount Gay Rum Cask as the main prize in the Dogwatch Tavern. Pedlar, the winner of his class of the 2004 Antigua Classic Regatta, took the honours in the Cruising class.

As we have now come to expect, a lot of Extra Old Mount Gay Rum was handed out in prizes together with T-shirts and Mount Gay Hat Party Invitations for the famous Galleon Beach event on Friday April 22. Every competing boat also received a case of Legends beer. We thank our sponsors Mount Gay Rum, their Distributor Best Cellars Wines & Spirits and Dogwatch Tavern who prepared a delicious suckling pig for this event.

St Maarten

St Maarten held a special Roelof Segers Regatta April 17th to mark the departure of the SMYC board member and Heineken manager of the same name. The cream of local sailing talent turned out to race each other in 8 one-design Jeanneau Sunfast 20s around the west end of Simpson Bay Lagoon. After four races during the day, Dutch Peter Grannetia snatched victory from Petro Jonker, with Rien Korteknie in third. Frits Bus placed fourth and Janneke Brouwer (with Koos Ritchie and Gerard Loos on board) fifth.

SMYC Commodore Dave Shuttleworth and ex-Commodore Jerry Blakeslee both paid tribute to Segers' efforts with the club and the regatta over the last three years.

The 4th annual North Sails Regatta, aka the Caribbean Keelboat Championships, will be taking place June 18-20. This event draws the best in regional sailing to St Maarten for competition that goes right down to the wire. Last year, Mike Green, Robbie Hirst, John Holmberg, Chris Rosenberg, Karl James, Fraito Lugo and more took on top local crews with four boats in contention for the overall title going into the final race. Antigua's Karl James is the current champion.

For more information, call Cary Byerley on 522 0068

St Barth

The St Barth Laser Challenge kicks off on June 11, concluding the 12th. Racing will be in Laser Standard and Radial classes with a $100 entry fee. Final registration is on Friday June 10th at the Restaurant La Plage in St Jean, which will also be the venue for the awards ceremony. For more information, contact the St Barth Yacht Club on (590) 590 27 70 41, (590) 690 72 21 19 or email them at [email protected]

Trinidad and Tobago Sailing Association

The final teams have been announced for the 2005 Optimist North American Sailing Championships, held this month from June 24 to July 3 at Pigeon Point, Tobago.

185 sailors from 18 countries including T&T, Dominican Republic, Martinique/Guadeloupe, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Barbados, USVI and Bequia/St Vincent, are expected for the 10-day event. This is the first time the event is being held in the Caribbean.

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