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Trinidad and St. Lucia's Last Stand

The Annual Southern Caribbean Dinghy Regatta was a three day event held in Trinidad over the 28th, 29th and 30th of December 2005. It was also the last opportunity in 2005 for St Lucia to take on international competition in the Laser and Optimist class—St Lucia’s last stand.

International teams from Antigua, Argentina, Brazil, Grenada, Martinique, St. Lucia and Trinidad took part in the 10 races. Flying the flag for St. Lucia in the Laser Radial class were the well-known Meixner brothers—Felix and Luis. Eric Simmons providing more of the same in the Optimist Dinghy class.

Day one saw teams familiarize themselves with their chartered boats followed by a course trial sail. Trial over the rigs was finely-tuned and good winds made for a competitive a practice race. Ideal for the Meixner boys—they finishing first and second in the fun event.

Strong winds on the first day suited the St. Lucian team, however, typical Trinidad Gulf winds dropped to three knots and it was a different story on the following days.

Felix Meixner finished second and Luis third overall in the radial laser class which consisted of six competitors, with two sailors forming the standard laser class.

Eric did not fare so well his weight and experience is more suited to heavy weather, conspicuous by its absence, throughout this regatta. Eric finished 22 out of 25 and how proud coach Dr Michael Camps was of the team’s performance, “I’m delighted,” said a delighted Dr Camps.

In the spirit of the event, sponsored by Guardian Life Insurance, the St Lucia team were housed and fed by their Trinidad counterparts who were extremely impressed by St Lucians’ skills and verve in this class.

Who wouldn’t be?

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