April 2006 sees the hosting of the 42nd Easter Regatta by the Cayman Islands Sailing Club and plans are well in hand for a full programme of sailing events over the Easter holiday weekend.
Events start off on Thursday, 13 April, with a Skippers Briefing at the CISC Clubhouse in Red Bay for all boats planning on entering the annual Round the Island Races. Last year, when the club was still in post-Ivan rebuilding phase a smaller scale regatta was held – albeit very successfully – but this year sees a return to the usual full sailing, racing and social programme. Two races are planned for Good Friday 14th April – the traditional Race from North Sound Main Channel to Seven Mile Beach via East End and the return of the popular Round to the Beach race with the same start and finish but routed westabouts around Grand Cayman. In previous years more than 20 racers and cruisers have competed for a number of Round the Island Trophies which this year will include the Deutsche Bank Round the Island Trophy for the fastest spinnaker class boat, the Deutsche Bank Easter Egg Trophy for J/22s, the CISC Non-Spinnaker trophy and the John Matthew Round the Island Multihull Trophy. Spectators can expect some exciting racing and spectacular sailing views as the yachts race close to shore along the north and south coasts, around East End or North West Point and along Seven Mile Beach. Looking for a top place in the Regatta will be Fu Liem, David Carmichael and the hard working team aboard Java Knight, a Beneteau First 47.7. Another close battle will be between the two J/24 racing sailboats – Judy Bullmore and her all female crew -v- the Blue Moon team of Pete O’Neill and Brian Godfrey. John Stafford’s Jacana is a race winner and his wealth of experience and local knowledge always leads to a successful result for his family based crew. Amongst the Catamarans, Clive Bodden’s Yahoo Yahoo and Simon and Candi Whicker’s Seawind are expected to race in addition to a couple of Olympic Class Tornado racing catamarans. Following the racing, there will be a post race party and BBQ at Beach Club on Friday evening with a chance to catch up with all the skippers and crews and hear the day’s stories and adventures.
Racing continues on Saturday, 15 April, with the Back to the Sound Race for all classes of sailboat starting at 12noon from Seven Mile Beach and finishing close to the CISC venue in Red Bay. Boats will be racing for various trophies including the Cayman Islands Yacht Club Challenge Cup and the CISC Cruiser Cup (best overall result from Round Island and Back to Sound races).
The Prizegiving for all races will be held at the CISC Clubhouse on Saturday, 15 April, starting at 6pm, featuring buffet supper and music. Brunch will be served at CISC on Monday 17th April followed by a variety of dinghy and other small boat races.
All the Easter Regatta events are open to all and registration forms and further information are available from Heather Bradley at CISC (947 7913 or [email protected]). Please also contact Heather to place an order for Easter Regatta t-shirts.