Jennings surfs clear

Windsurfing is another sport that Cayman can boast it has a champion in.

Cayman Islands Sailing Club member Stuart Jennings is now the reigning Highland Spring HIHO Junior windsurfing champion.

Jennings, 16, recently competed in the Highland Spring HIHO windsurfing championships in the British Virgin Islands where he was placed sixth overall and top junior.

The annual Highland Spring HIHO is windsurfing’s greatest week of racing. It involves 150 miles of gruelling, inter-island racing in the beautiful BVI. Bic and Neil Pryde supplied the boards and sails, respectively.

The overall event winner was Wilhelm Schurmann, a well known and successful professional windsurfer from Brazil.

The top ranked international Formula racer won all seven races in the event’s six-day schedule, and sailed a 10.0 V8 sail and used the stock Techno 2 race fin throughout the event. ‘It was the perfect set-up for the 15-18 knot winds we had all week’, Schurmann said.

Racers from 13 countries around the world competed. Besides Cayman, the top ten racers were from Brazil, St Martin, BVI, UK, France, Thailand, Australia, USA and South Africa. ‘It’s a fun week,’ said Ed Sparrow of Highland Spring. ‘We enjoy seeing so many people from all over the world travel to the BVI to attend the event.’

Mike Weber, Director of Sailing at the Cayman Islands Sailing Club said: ‘Although Stuart was Cayman’s only representative in this year’s HIHO, with the wonderful windsurfing conditions that exist in Cayman, it is only a matter of time before we see more youngsters following his example.

‘Perhaps for HIHO’s 25th anniversary next year and with the right sponsorship, Cayman might even send a team to compete.’

To help promote the development of windsurfing in the Cayman Islands the CISC will add windsurfing lessons to its popular adult and youth learn-to-sail lessons from next month.