This year’s Conyers Byte Nationals was held at the Cayman Islands Sailing Club earlier this month and for the second year in a row was won by Chris Delaney, 18.
The Byte is a popular youth sailing boat designed for be sailed single-handed and for sailors weighing between 110lbs and 160 lbs.
Second place went to Oliver Fogerty and Marina Mafessanti came third.
Delaney was pleased with his performance. ‘I have been working hard for the past three months and I was very happy with my boat speed and boat handling,’ he said.
‘I felt that I have made many improvements over the last few months and winning the Conyers Byte Nationals makes the hard work worthwhile.’
CISC Sailing Director, Mike Weber, recognized his progress. ‘Chris works harder than any of our sailors. Even off the water he’s busy thinking about sailing. He deserved to win the regatta.’
Delaney will now focus on the Byte World Championship in Canada in August before he makes the transition to the Olympic Laser class.
Weber also noted the support from Conyers. ‘This is the third year that Conyers has sponsored the regatta and we are grateful for its support. By sponsoring our fleet of boats and regattas like this one Conyers is really making a difference in terms of helping us produce good sailboat racers.’
Rick Findlay, the managing partner of the Conyers’ Cayman office, said: ‘We are proud and pleased to be part of this successful and worthwhile youth sailing programme and in particular the yearly Byte Nationals event.’
For more information on youth racing in the Cayman Islands, contact Mike Weber at [email protected]