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Yacht Club News - Oct 05

Antigua

Forget ye not. The 7th Annual Caribbean Laser Team Racing Championships kick off on the 15th & 16th October. Email yachtclub@candw.ag or go to www.antiguayachtclub.com or simply call (268) 460 1799 for a Notice of Race and registration information.

Cuba

The Hemingway International Yacht Club recently held the San Cristobal de Habana Cup on July 24 and August 14. Some twenty teams took part in a jet ski competition out of the Club. July’s event was won by Lucila Juan, while August honours went to Felix Lazo. The competition was watched by thousands of Havana residents along the city’s famous seafront.

Barbados

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday, December 6th. Over the summer, yacht club members have been enjoying a creditable sailing programme. The Annual Harris Paints Offshore Regatta in particular was well-attended. The Racing Class was won by Shane Atwell on Ninja; the Cruising Class won by Ralph Johnson on Rampajam and Handicap Class won by Jacques Gloumeau on Warcloud.

In the Lucky Horseshoe Saloon Race, Ralph Johnson was again victorious, this time skippering Burggadung to victory in the Racing Class. Tony Hoad and Alan Taylor won the Cruising Class on Su.

St Maarten

A good crowd turned out on August 21 for Family Fun Day. Pint-sized veterans of the children’s Optimist training programme and their families boarded a variety of boats to take advantage of the chance to race around a relatively empty Simpson Bay Lagoon. There was even a breeze, as Optimists, Lasers and Jeanneau Sunfast 20s from Lagoon Sailboat Rentals took part in six races. As an antidote to the off-season, this was spot on.

Trinidad and Tobago

As a mark of their recent success in the Optimist Worlds, where Matthew Scott placed second overall, the Trinidad and Tobago Sailing Association is making sure the iron stays hot. The club has advertised internationally for an English-speaking coach to set up a programme for Optimist, Laser and 420 youth sailors.

Trinidad and Tobago was last represented at the Olympic Games in 1984, when Jean Marc Holder competed in the Finn Class, but Scott’s victory and other good results have got the Olympic passion going again.

The Coach will be required from November to May and the gig includes return air fare, accommodation and transport. Contact youthsailing@tstt.net.tt for more information.

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