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Sailors of Tomorrow in Carriacou Anniversary Regatta

Eighteen young sailors from Grenada and Carriacou demonstrated their talent in the first Optimist Dinghy Regatta, staged as part of the recent 40th anniversary Carriacou Regatta.

The three-day event, organised by the Grenada Sailing Association, included expert tactical training and practical advice from two qualified instructors, Nick Stephens and Randy Manwarring.

Although the young sailors had varying degrees of experience, all benefited from the training, which showed up in some very exciting and closely fought racing. In ScotiaBank Race Day, Renaldo Noel from Windward shared third place with Mavrick Cudjoe of Harvey Vale, while Shakeem Noel of Woburn matched points with Ronell Allan of Windward for second behind Kenzo Szyjan of Grenada Yacht Club in first place. The end of day relay race was won by Carriacou’s Reynold ‘Ren’ Haemer, Ronell Allan and Mavrick Cudjoe, joined by Woburn’s Clinton Brathwaite.

In Hubbard’s Race Series on Monday, the teams enjoyed some excellent breezes and race conditions after some difficult squalls on the previous day. David Murray of Grenada Yacht Club took fourth place, with Woburn boys Shakeem Noel and Clinton Brathwaite coming through to take second and third respectively. But again it was Kenzo Szyjan who proved unbeatable for a second day. The final Relay race of the Regatta was taken by David Murray, Kenzo Szyjan and Clinton Brathwaite from Grenada, with team-mate Renaldo Noel from Carriacou.

The event is part of the Optimist Youth Sailing Program run by the Grenada Sailing Association as part of its ongoing commitment to the development of all aspects of sailing in Grenada and its sister islands.

GSA President Jacqui Pascall commented: “The Regatta was the first time that we have had a fleet of 15 Optimists together, with sailors from Grenada and Carriacou competing in full race conditions and it has given us a great opportunity to scout young talent for the future.”

Ultimately the GSA hopes to send young sailors to the International Optimist Regattas and have representatives in the 2012 London Olympics.

For more information about the Grenada Sailing Association contact Jacqui Pascall on 439 1000 or email grenadasail@sailgrenada.co.uk.

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