Gun Bay regatta’s open to all

The Captain Leroy Watson Sailing Regatta will be held in Gun Bay over this weekend’s Heroes Day.

It’s on Saturday and Sunday starting at 1pm each day. The competition will be in single-handed sailing dinghies; optimists, bytes and lasers and is open to people of all ages and ability.

The regatta was conceived by Shane Edwards of the Two Frenzied Jet Ski Team to honour the late Capt. Leroy Watson, a sea captain from East End.

Capt Leroy left home at 16 and went to sea as was customary of many Caymanians then.

He rose from the ranks of mess man to captain of super tankers and was a much loved, colourful and generous individual who retired in East End prior to his tragic death in 2006.

The Cayman Islands Sailing Club which is the National Sailing Authority, organizes the regatta each year including transport of the boats to Gun Bay.

The top laser sailors from the club will be competing in this exciting regatta and the public is invited to watch the spectacular sight of the boats in the Gun Bay Sound.

Mike Weber, the sailing instructor, ensures that there is a large turn out of youth sailors. He can be contacted at 926 7913 for further information and boat transport.

Many youngsters have developed a love for sailing over the past couple of years since it was introduced into schools and it should be a great event considering many adults have competed in world class events including the Olympics.

Donald McLean, who grew up in East End, is the primary sponsor of the regatta. McLean is president of the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee and has competed in two Olympics himself. His company Cayman Medical Supplies provides trophies for the top three sailors in each class.