Emmett’s visit boosts kids

Local young sailors are improving at a vast rate of knots, as the latest regatta proves.

The Cayman Islands Sailing Club and National Sailing Centre held its fourth International Byte and Laser Clinic on Grand Cayman two weeks ago.

The Byte and Laser sailboats are sailed single-handed and, worldwide, are an extremely popular class of dinghy, primarily used for racing.

Fifteen youngsters attended the clinic including ten from Canada and Singapore. Local sailors Alex Walton, Chris Delaney, Jon Faris, Matthew Courtis, Oliver Fogerty and Marina Maffessanti also sailed.

This year’s guest coach was Brit Jon Emmett, a world champion sailor.

The clinic included four days of light to medium wind training and the conditions were perfect to focus on boat-handling skills.

By the end of the clinic all the athletes had made tremendous improvements.

Sailing Director, Michael Weber, noted the benefit of having visiting sailors in Cayman.

‘Our sailors will improve to the level of their competition so it makes sense to get the best sailors to train with,’ he said.

The Cayman Islands has held major sailing regattas in the past including the recent KPMG International Regatta and will be the host the North American Qualifying Regatta for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games next year.

‘Not only do these events help to improve our sailing team but it also makes more and more people aware of the excellent small boat sailing facility we have in Cayman.

‘As a result of the success of these types of events, we plan to increase the number of sailors coming to Cayman to train and compete.’

The next sailing events will be over Easter with the annual Round the Island Race and the second International Optimist Clinic with guest coach Allan Coutts.

For more information on sail training contact Mike Weber at [email protected].

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