The 2008 Conyers Dill & Pearman Byte CII Nationals was a thrilling event, six young sailors battling it out on the waters of North Sound.
The two-day event, held earlier this month at the Cayman Islands Sailing Club, Red Bay, was won by Chris Delaney after a consistent performance during the 10 races.
He sailed his Byte CII – a single-handed performance dinghy – to victory, holding off a brave challenge from former National Youth Byte champion Keenan Ebanks.
After the first day’s racing, Chris was in first place after a set of first and second-placed finishes. Keenan, who complained of feeling sick, struggled to keep up with the early pace-setters and finished the first day back in fifth place.
On the second day, Keenan, feeling much better, won all four races. But Chris’s consistency still earned him first place overall. Keenan finished second and Marina Maffassanti was placed third.
‘The races were very close and very exciting,’ said Michael Weber, the CISC’s Director of Sailing. ‘The kids are improving all the time, and we look forward to some solid finishes at the North American and World Championships this summer.’
The CISC praised title sponsor Conyers Dill & Pearman, the offshore law firm, for its continued support.
‘Once again I am very grateful to Conyers for sponsoring this event. We were able to get some great sailing gear as prizes for the sailors, which they all appreciate. It was a huge success and we thank Conyers for their continued support for youth sailing in the Cayman Islands,’ said Mr Weber.
Rick Finlay, the managing partner of Conyers’ Cayman office, commented: ‘We are pleased to be part of the Sailing Club’s successful youth sailing programme this year and are particularly proud of the Byte Nationals Event.’