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Yacht Club News - May 05

Antigua

The 4th Annual Antigua Laser Open took place March 12th and 13th with 19 competitors entered, including Team Sunsail, the US-based Hampton University students, and a combination of established and up-and-coming Antiguan talent. No surprises for guessing who won the seven race series – defending champion Karl James took the event for the fourth consecutive time with four bullets. Omari Scott placed second and Shawn Malone Third.

The dates have also been announced for CSA Dinghy Championship, which will run from July 16-17. A CSA sanctioned event, the Championships are open to a maximum of six Caribbean countries, with priority going to those with the greatest history of participation in the event. Racing will take place in Laser Open, Laser Radial, Zoom 8, Optimist and Sport 16s. Entries must be received by June 15 and racing will happen in Falmouth Harbour. Last year, the event was hosted by the Royal BVI Yacht Club, with Martinique beating off Antigua, Barbados, Puerto Rico, USVI and the BVI.

Cuba

Havana’s Hemingway International Yacht Club, founded in 1992, would once again like to extend the hand of friendship to any yachts wishing to visit the Caribbean’s largest island.

Commodore Escrich invites any prospective visitors to get in touch on yachtclub@cnih.mh.cyt.cu for advice and help with the authorities on crossing to Cuba, and will provide information on anchorages, boatyards and marinas. Alternatively, call 53 7 204 66 53.

Jolly Harbour

The last few weeks have been busy for Antigua’s other marine center, run from the boisterous headquarters in the Dogwatch Tavern. 11 boats competed in February’s Valentine’s Regatta in 30 knot winds. Rik Gormley’s Elethea won the Cruising Class while Racing Class went to Jamie Dobbs’ Lost Horizon.

In March, Jolly Harbour boats Lost Horizon, Jeffrey Pidduck’s Trouble and Bernie Wong’s Huey Too all performed well in the St Maarten Heineken Regatta.

More Regattas are planned for 2006 so watch this space. In the meantime, Treasurer Doug McLaren wishes to remind visitors to the Harbour that all are welcome for the Saturday Races starting at 2.30pm.

Trinidad

The TTSA recently put on the McArthur’s Scotch Whiskey Race Day on March 20th. 25 boats took part in light winds. Marc De Verteuil’s ‘Pressure’ came from behind to beat Stephen Bushe on ‘Super Goose’, while in the Racer/Cruiser II Class James and Kathy Jost on Breakaway marked their first victory of the season.

Winners:

Navigator Class: Eurasia, John Clouston

Racer/Cruiser 1: Joia, Brian Wallace

Racer/Cruiser II: Breakaway, James & Kathy Jost

Racing: Pressure, Marc de Verteuil/Joel Isava

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