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Yacht Club News - Sept 05

The 7th Annual Caribbean Laser Team Racing Championships are just weeks away now, held 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

In the wake of Hurricane Dennis in June, Commodore Escrich of the Hemingway International Yacht Club would like to remind readers that, “With great satisfaction and pride I inform you that in our Yacht Club we did not suffer neither human nor material damages which is the result of the work done with great love from all of us to assure the facilities, boats and equipment in the office.” It takes more than a storm to dampen the welcome at the HIYC.

St Croix

Dates have been announced for the 2006 winter regattas. The 13th annual international regatta will take place on President’s Weekend, February 18-20, with the 3rd annual Valentine Optimist Regatta on the 18 & 19.

Last year’s overall winner was a St. Thomas boat, Magnificent Seven, skippered by John Foster who received the traditional prize of the skipper’s weight in Cruzan Rum. Mistress Quickly from Tortola placed second and El Shaddai II from St. Croix finished third.

Sailors from Puerto Rico also had a strong finish last year, winning the Racer Cruiser, Cruiser, and Beach Cat classes at the 2005 regatta.

Big boat racing is planned to start at 10 a.m. on three days, from Saturday, February 18th through Monday, the 20th. Last year’s third day of racing was cancelled due to weather conditions.

Boat classes are Racing, Racer/Cruiser, Cruiser, IC-24, Beach Cat and Large Multi-hull. The IC-24 category debuted in this regatta last year with five participants.

The St. Croix International race committee kicks off the weekend with its famous Cruzan Rum Welcome Party on Friday, February 17 at 6 p.m. U.S. Customs & Border Protection check-in for international sailors is offered on site at the Yacht Club from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday afternoon.

For more information contact:Julie San Martin, Regatta Director on (340) 773-1048, Ext. 11 or 12 or go to www.stcroixyc.com For the Notice of Race and Entry forms.

St Lucia

St Lucia took a well-deserved fourth place in July’s Chief Minister’s Cup in Tortola. The team was chaperoned by Kathrine Brinks and coach Hugh Cooper and included Emma Dodd, Felix and Louis Meixner, Miguel Louisy, Erik Simmons and Charles Daher, who raced in the IC24 class.

St Lucia overcame some pre-race nerves to finish 5th in the first race. However, due to a minor collision, the team had to accept a penalty of eight points—organizers were extremely strict regarding collisions and rightly or wrongly added penalty points to the boats involved.

Putting this behind them, the team sailed a very clean series of races ending the day with a second place—putting them equal third with an experienced team from St Croix.

Laser racing took place after lunch with Felix and Louis representing St Lucia. Alternating every two races, they had a very consistent series of results and finished an excellent fourth place just 1.5 points off third. Race 10 saw St Lucia taking first place in Sunday’s lighter conditions. The racing was extremely close often with only inches to spare at starts and mark roundings. Sunday afternoon saw more improvement from the St Lucia team with three third places and a first in the final race. However, it was St Croix that held on to third overall with St Lucia fourth.

St Maarten

Still quiet at the Yacht Club, but Lagoon Sailboat Rentals continues to cater for those who want to get out on the water. In conjunction with Tropical Sail Loft, the Tuesday Night series takes advantage of the longer summer light and has been running since July 5th. The series will wrap up this month on the 20th.

Racing starts at 5.30pm and the price is $35 a night. If you want a twilight run-out, contact Cary at director@bigboatseries.com or call 552 0068. Alternatively, call Erns on 544 5472 or email Ernst@tropicalsailloft.com

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