Youth ace the Anguilla dinghy regatta

POSTED: 01/24/13 9:55 AM

St. Maarten – Last Saturday the Anguilla youth sailing club organized their annual dinghy regatta. The regatta was held for 4 different classes of small sailing dinghies. The Optimists are for the younger children and have a Gold and Silver fleet. Lasers are bigger dinghies and are sailed by the older kids.

St. Maarten was represented by 11 youngsters in three different classes, Puerto Rico had four children competing in the Optimist Class and Anguilla had 18 kids competing in four different classes.

For the first time in four years the race course was set inside Road Harbor which made nice sailing for all the contestants. The race course was designed for the lasers and 420s to have a good competitive course with an outer loop. The Optimist course had one beat and lots of reaching which made it great for all levels of sailors.

There were 2 fleets gold and silver for the Optimist sailors divided by age. In Optimist Gold there were 11 kids competing of which 2 from St. Maarten, Leonardo Knol came home with first place and Ilian Halbertsma took fourth. In the Optimist Silver fleet St. Maarten had 5 kids competing, Nathan Smith took first place, Luke Bacon second, Nicholas de Tullio third, Katie Caputo fourth and Kai Henriquez who was competing for the first time in an off island event brought home the sportsmanship award for never giving up and reminding all that sailing is not only about winning.

In the Laser fleet St. Maarten had 4 competitors, 2 sailing Laser Radials and 2 sailing laser 4.7. As to be expected, very experienced and competitive Rhone Findlay brought home first place, winning every single race, in second place, and first time Laser 4.7 sailor, Alec Scarabelli, in third place, also new comer this year in the Laser 4.7, Johanna Looser and in fifth place, with one race not participating due to outhaul problems, Bart van Vliet.

The St. Maarten Yacht Club is very proud of all the youth sailors participating in this event. The yacht club would like to thank Bluebeard for making the trip a pleasant one and for helping with the transporting of the Optimist and Lasers.

The yacht club looks forward to having all competitors joining again in St. Maarten for the Annual Powerade Multiclass Regatta on March 16.

For more information on youth sailing and the upcoming Powerade Regatta please contact Maaike van Mameren: Phone 586 0850 email: youthsailingsmyc@gmail.com

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