The Cayman Islands Sailing Club’s 43rd Easter Regatta, sponsored by Beach Club Colony, was won by Java Knight sailed by T.H. Liem.
Java Knight held off a spirited challenge from Blue Runner sailed by Bruce Johnson to take the honours in a race cut short by light winds.
Foregoing the traditional round-the-island circuit, race officers took the decision to switch to a shorter route from North Sound Main Channel via North West Point to a cruise ship mark off Paradise Bar in George Town, before heading back to the finish line at Beach Club.
The new course enabled crews to sail with their spinnakers to the finish, providing spectacular views for spectators watching the closing moments on Seven Mile Beach.
The final results were as follows:
1. Java Knight (sailed by T.H. Liem) – finish time of 12.59.35
2. Blue Runner (Bruce Johnson) – 13.02.13
3. Frenzy (Donald and Jennifer McLean) – 13.03.15
4. Yahoo Yahoo (Clive Bodden) – 13.24.09
5. Decadence (Russell Sager) – 13.40.19
6. Red Hunter (Joel and Sherill Bushfield) – 13.40.29
7. Sea Fever (Rick Caley) – 14.22.48
* Bomber, sailed by Anton Duckworth, rounded the mark at Paradise and then sailed back to North Sound
Following the race, race competitors and members of the Cayman Islands Sailing Club gathered at the Beach Club Colony for a barbecue, leaving many sore heads for the following morning’s racing.
Easter Saturday saw see an early start for the traditional Back to the Sound Race, as regatta competitors took the opportunity while returning their boats to their North Sound moorings for one more battle.
The event got off to a difficult start as the light winds of Friday were replaced by stronger a north-westerly. Crews had to be ferried to their boats by the Beach Club’s waverunners and the start time had to be postponed from 9am to 9.18am.
Keith Strang, driving Bahari, the race committee boat, did a fine job of holding the boat on station in difficult conditions.
All the boats got away cleanly, with regatta winner Java Knight streaking ahead. With only two tacks, she entered North Sound in first place at 10.44.37am.
Frenzy was placed in second, ahead of Red Hunter in third place and Sea Fever in fourth.
After calculating the handicaps, the finishing boats in the Back to the Sound Race kept their positions.
On 21 April, the official prize-giving and dinner will be held at the CISC clubhouse for the competitors, race officials, club members and anyone else who wants to join in.
Any members of the general public or the Sailing Club wishing to attend the prizegiving should contact Heather Bradley, Club Administrator/Manager, at the Cayman Islands Sailing Club at 947 7913 or [email protected].