The annual 2010 Captain Leroy
Watson Regatta was held last week.
This popular and much anticipated
event was the first major sailing event of the year and was a chance for
sailors to blow away the cobwebs after the Christmas break.
Fifteen lasers, four bytes, and
eight optimists raced in front of the beach in Gun Bay Sound and there was
windsurfing racing on the Sunday organized by Red Sail Sports.
After ten races, Cayman Islands
Sailing Club coach Raph Harvey won the competitive laser class. Marina
Maffessanti won the Byte division while Jamie Williams took top prize in the
Optimist fleet. Andrew Cousins won in the windsurfing group.
The first day of racing was held in
relatively light, for Cayman, winds, while on the second day the winds
strengthened, making for a great mix of sailing conditions over the weekend.
This was the fourth regatta held in
memory of the late Captain Leroy Watson. Raised in East End, he rose to become
a sea captain of super tankers before retiring. He tragically drowned in an
accident in 2006.
The regatta was organized by the
CISC Olympic sailor, Donald McLean, and Health Care Pharmacy sponsored the
event. MLA Arden McLean presented the prizes to the winners.
The sailing club expressed thanks to
Vivinne’s Kitchen for the use of the beach land and Compass Marine Ltd. for
helping transport the boats. CISC club members, Matt Diaz, Peta Adams and
Andrew Moon also assisted on the race committee.
The next major event on the sailing
calendar is Race Cayman from 10-15 March.
This is the most exciting and
prestigious sailing event ever to be held in the Cayman Islands. The club has
been chosen to host the North American and Caribbean regional qualifying event
for the Youth Olympic Games 2010 in the byte CII dinghy class.
This Olympic qualifying event will
be held in conjunction with the highly successful J/22 International