Young sailors impress in Miami

The Cayman Islands Sailing Club can again feel proud of its young sailors who represented the country with distinction in a major event in Florida.

A number of Cayman-based sailors produced highly credible finishes in the prestigious Orange Bowl Regatta at the Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami. The event, regarded as the most competitive youth regatta in North America, drew some 630 sailors from 17 countries.

Among them was a five-strong team Cayman team: Stuart Jennings in a Laser, Taylor Ribbins (Radial), Matthew Courtis (Optimist), Elliot Vernon (Optimist) and Camilo Bernal (Optimist).

Last year was a remarkable one considering how well many novice sailors improved and this was the latest confirmation of how quickly they are developing.

The team’s notable results included a 19th place for Courtis in a field of 89 in the Optimist ‘Blue’ fleet as well as a mid-fleet finish for Vernon in the same races.

Michael Weber, the CISC’s Director of Sailing, said: ‘A top-20 finish by Courtis is an excellent result against a very strong fleet from many countries around the world. Vernon’s mid-fleet finish is very good for his first major regatta; he has a very promising sailing future ahead of him. Our other team members improved and we look forward to improved results next year.

‘I’m proud of how our young sailors entered every race willing to learn as much as possible. Our team is much stronger having finished this regatta. Special thanks to our coaches, Darcy Fuller and Stephan Jensen, and our parent volunteers, Lesley and Conor Jennings, Caroline and Tim Courtis, Eduardo Bernal, and Richard Vernon for helping organize this event.’

* For more information on youth sailing at the CISC, contact manager Heather Bradley at [email protected].