Sailing Club holds J/22 Novice Race

The Cayman Islands Sailing Club enjoyed a full programme of sailing events on a weekend that included a J/22 Novice Race to Kaibo on Saturday and the regular monthly dinghy racing on Sunday.

CISC Dinghies on the start line.

CISC Dinghies on the start line. Photo: supplied

New Members and recent Learn-to-Sail Graduates were invited to crew aboard the J/22 keelboats with an experienced skipper and enjoyed the challenge of some brisk north-easterly winds for the race across North Sound. Andrew Moon, Mark Macfee and their novice crew of Danielle, Nicholas and Thomas Wolfe were the overall winners for the day.

The dinghy racing also featured a mix of experienced racers and novices in both Laser and Pico fleets with Rob Jackson winning the Laser class and Charlie Grover the Pico class

The dinghy sailing – both racing and learn to sail – is on the up and up as the Cayman Islands Sailing Club repairs and replaces the dinghy fleets. The Byte fleet, which survived Ivan with the hulls intact is being upgraded with the new CII Byte rigs and equipment (www.ps2000.ca/boats/byte/byte.htm).This latest rig from Byte now dominates the class and just missed selection for the single handed women’s dinghy for the Olympics (from 2008). This programme is being generously sponsored by Butterfield Bank, Stuarts Walker Hersant, Digicel and Conyers Dill & Pearman.

The new RS Feva Fleet (www.rssailing.com) is currently in Miami ready to be shipped to Cayman. Sponsors are being sought for the boats to be bought for club use – anyone wishing to sponsor one should contact Commodore Andrew Moon ([email protected] or 916 3554) as soon as possible.

The Club has located 8 used Lasers (which can fill a 20′ container) in very good condition at a Laser Training Centre in the Dominican Republic. The boats are about 3 years old and have been used for high level dinghy training, including the Canadian Olympic team. Anyone interested in buying or sponsoring one of these boats should contact Commodore Andrew Moon as soon as possible.

The upgrade and purchase of these boats will greatly enhance the dinghy sailing and racing at CISC and means that the Club can better serve the community, schools and groups who wish to learn to sail or race.

The Club is now gearing up for the 42nd Easter Regatta which will take place over the upcoming holiday weekend 14th-17th April. Events start off on Thursday 13th April with a Skippers Briefing at the CISC Clubhouse in Red Bay for all boats planning on entering the annual Round the Island Races. 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. 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 15th 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.

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]).

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