Sailors on crest of Olympic wave

Excitement is building at the Cayman
Islands Sailing Club in anticipation of Race Cayman 2010.

It which will feature the regional qualification
regatta for the Youth Olympic Games in the Byte CII dinghy class and the International
J/22 Invitational Regatta.

This prestigious sailing event is
on 10-15 March in the waters of North Sound.

More than 60 competitors are
registered so far with sailors coming from around the Caribbean region
including Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, BVI, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica,
Guatemala, Netherland Antilles, St Lucia and USVI in addition to teams from
Canada, Spain and the UK. 

Caymanian sailors will be competing
in both events with a strong team of youth sailors in the Byte Olympic
Qualifier and the top local crews taking on the international competition in
the J/22 Regatta.

The club is also pleased that a
number of international officials and officers will be attending the regatta
including vice-president of the International Sailing Federation, TP Low from
Singapore.

Low is also Singapore Sailing president
and Singapore Olympic Committee vice-president. 

Bermuda Sailing president Somers
Cooper will also be in Cayman for the regatta, competing in the J/22 class
whilst young Mackenzie Cooper will compete in the Byte Class aiming to secure
Bermuda a place at the Youth Olympic Games.

Racing on the Youth Olympic
Qualifying course will be run by International race officer Peter van Muyden
from Canada assisted by CISC Commodore Andrew Moon whilst racing on the J/22
course will be in the hands of CISC race officer Peta Adams and her team. 

International judges for the events
include Gilmour Manuel from the UK who will be presiding over the judges to
ensure fair competition to all.

Race Cayman 2010 is being supported
by the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee and the Cayman Islands Government
Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sport and Culture in addition to a
number of other local sponsors including CUC, Water Authority, Cayman Camera,
RBS Coutts, RBC, Harbour House Marina, Caribbean Club, InFocus Photos Ltd,
Greenlight Re, Flowers Bottled Water and Mise en Place to date.

“We are delighted to see a wide
range of local businesses and corporate sponsors coming on board with us” said
regatta organiser Jane Moon.

The event will get widespread
international exposure in the media through support from the Cayman Islands
Department of Tourism in London UK which is offering sponsorship of an
international yachting journalist for the regatta, together with their recently
announced sponsorship of the Cayman Islands City Racing Challenge. 

Sponsorship
packages are still available including single or multi boat options and anyone
interested in joining the regatta should contact Jane Moon [email protected] or 916 1504.

More information on all of
these events is available on www.sailing.ky,
www.bytechamps.org and http://www.pelican-racing.co.uk/events/cayman-islands-city-racing-challenge-2010.html

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