Byte sailing fleet is rebuilt

Conyers Dill & Pearman, the offshore law firm, recently made a significant donation to the Cayman Islands Sailing Club.


Richard Findlay, Conyer Dill and Pearman partner, with Marina Maffessanti. Photo: Submitted

The donation was in respect of the rebuilding of the Byte sailing fleet, which was partially destroyed by Hurricane Ivan.

Richard Finlay, Partner of and Head of the Cayman Islands Office presented a cheque to Mike Weber, director of sailing for the Cayman Islands Sailing Club.

‘We are proud to be a vital part of the CISC’s learn-to-sail and race programmes for junior sailors,’ said Mr. Finlay. ‘We feel it is very important for the youth of the Cayman Islands to have the opportunity to access the resources and expertise needed to learn to sail. All of us at Conyers Dill & Pearman understand that sailing is important in each of our firm’s jurisdictions and I am particularly pleased that we can make this contribution to facilitate the sport here in Cayman.’

Marina Maffessanti, a 14-year-old student at St. Ignatius is using the Conyers Dill & Pearman sponsored Byte sailing boat as part of her race training programme at the Cayman Islands Sailing Club.

She recently represented Cayman at the Byte North American Championships in August in Canada.

Miss Maffessanti said, ‘This was my first international regatta and I am looking to get as much racing experience as possible over the next few years. My goals are to race at the Byte World Championships in 2009 and the World Youth Sailing Championships in 2010.’

Ms Maffessanti started sailing lessons two years ago when she took lessons as an after school activity. She has progressed and achieved Level 4 and is now sails competitively. She has been sailing Bytes since last September.

‘I like sailing the Byte because it is fast and exciting,’ said Miss Maffessanti. ‘I also like sailing single-handed boats because I like being completely responsible for the outcome of the race.’