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Yacht Club News - Oct 06

Anguilla - Youth Sailing Club Gets Under Way

What do you get when you combine eight Optimist dinghies, four years of preparation, and a rich national heritage of sailing? The answer is the Anguilla Youth Sailing Club (AYSC), which completed its first youth sailing courses this summer.

During two-week morning or afternoon courses, more than 40 children ages seven to 15, many of them completely new to the sport, became Optimist sailors this summer. After-school classes are planned, as well as a youth racing team—the first of its kind on Anguilla. Sailing is the national sport of Anguilla, so even the seven-year olds who have never set foot on a sailboat seem to have an inherent understanding of sailing principles and a love for the sport.

Currently, the club has eight brand-new Optimists and two motorboats, and is looking to expand the fleet. Board members of the AYSC hope to send the youth members to Optimist competitions in the Caribbean and beyond, as well as host Anguilla’s first invitational Optimist regatta this coming winter.

The AYSC is located in Sandy Ground, where most of the traditional Anguilla boats begin and end their uniquely Anguillian races. Drop by and you may see a new sailor cast off for the first time in her Optimist dinghy.

Over ten youth sailors have received financial assistance to take sailing classes through the Kevin Barry Memorial Scholarship. To contribute, or get information about classes:, Report and photos courtesy of Ian Brunswick, Director, Anguilla Youth Sailing Club

St. John , USVI - Coral Bay Yacht Club Plans 25 th Annual Thanksgiving Regatta

Dates for this silver anniversary event are November 24 and 25 starting with Registration and Skippers' Meeting on Friday, November 24, 8:30 am at—where else?—Skinny Legs, venue for all the weekend events. Things get underway Friday with Single Handed and Gaff-Rigged Racing, and first day results are at 7:30 p.m. Friday followed by a party with live music.

After a second day Skippers' Meeting Saturday, November 25, 9:30 a.m., the All Classes Race begins. Awards and Party follow at 7:30 p.m., Saturday.

Cuba - Ferrero visits Hemmingway International Yacht Club

Commodore of the Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba, José Miguel Díaz Escrich welcomed Mr. Achilles Ferrero, President of the World Underwater Federation (CMAS) in July to mark the creation of the World Underwater Federation of America (CMAS-America).

A cocktail party was hosted by Commodore Escrich for officials of the Cuban Federation of Underwater Activities (FCAS) and all the invited guests in Cuba for the creation of CMAS-America. Mrs. Deborah Andollo, President of the FCAS, Mr. Oscar Ruiz, Lin Chuan and Rogelio Fuentes, presidents of the Federations of Underwater Activities of Venezuela, Ecuador, and Mexico respectively were among the guests.

St. Croix , USVI - St. Croix Yacht Club’s Regattas earlier in 2007

St. Croix ’s 14th Annual International Regatta and its Opti Regatta for junior sailors both move one week earlier to mid-February, away from the former Presidents’ weekend date. The event will now take place February 9, 10 and 11, 2007 and will launch CORT, the Caribbean Ocean Racing Triangle Series.

“We’ll serve our visiting sailors even better this year,” says Regatta Director Julie San Martin, noting that air seats, hotel rooms, rental cars, taxis and other services will be far more available on the new dates.

The big island’s regatta is known for its friendly volunteer management by club members. “We like to come because it is the first major regatta of the year and, perhaps most important, because the people are so hospitable,” says Tom Mullen from Campton, New Hampshire, skipper of Shamrock V, first place in the Performance Cruiser division last year.

The adult event is accompanied on the same weekend by the growing Valentine Optimist Regatta. At prize giving, the club’s giant scale weighs winning skippers of both regattas—the adult takes home Cruzan Rum and the top Opti sailor gets his or her weight in Gatorade.

A Notice of Race is posted on, or call (340) 773-9531.

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