The Cayman Islands National Youth Sailing team finished in first place in the Silver fleet at the 2008 Premier’s Cup Regatta in Tortola, BVI. The regatta, which was held at Nanny Cay Marina in July, was organised by the Rotary Club of BVI.
This was the 10th anniversary of the regatta and the first time Cayman has competed in this regatta since 1999.
The Cayman Islands was represented by Stuart Jennings, Joshua Hill, Jeremy Hill, Willie Cruz and Craig Ebanks, who are all members of the CI Cadet Corps. They were competing against teams from Tortola, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Anguilla, St. Lucia, Trinidad, Bequie and Puerto Rico.
The team was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman and the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee.
Donald McLean of the CIOC said, ‘The Cayman Islands Olympic Committee is pleased to be a sponsor for youth sailing in the Cayman Islands. Sailing is an important part of the Cayman Islands heritage and should be at the forefront of our international sporting efforts.”
Twenty-four-foot sailboats called IC-24s, were used for the racing and there were 16 short races over two days.
Cayman Coach Mike Farrington said, ‘Our team came into the event with the least amount of experience and with a great effort the boys improved in every race. A first-place finish is an excellent result and the team should be proud of its accomplishments.’
Members of the team will continue training at the Cayman Islands Sailing Club in preparation for next year’s event.
CISC Sailing Director and team manger Mike Weber said, ‘I am very proud of the way our team represented Cayman at this international regatta. I would like to thank our sponsors and volunteer coach, Mike Farrington of Compass Marine.’