The Cayman Catboat Club’s annual
David Foster Memorial Race was held on Saturday.
After rigging and hoisting sails at
Garvin Park (‘Liars Tree’) dock, the race got underway just before 10am with a
start at the Morgan’s Harbour channel markers. Competing in this race were
‘Captain D’ with Captain Kem Jackson and
crewed by Austin Ebanks, ‘Chisholm Cat’ with Captain Jerris Miller and crewed
by N J Miller Jr, ‘Brac Cat’ – David Foster’s catboat – with Captain Philip
Parchment and crewed by Roy Bush, Shakeina Bush and Somali Bush and ‘Blue
Bayou’ with Captain Romel Ebanks and crewed by Bobby Ebanks.
The race began with an upwind
start, meaning all the competitors had to negotiate several tacks to reach the
finish, which was at ‘Ching Ching’, the late David Foster’s home at Cayman Kai.
A second leg, returning to Morgan’s
Harbour was abandoned due to lack of wind. The diminishing winds greatly
affected the two last finishers of the first leg. Captain D finished in first
place, Chisholm Cat in second, Brat Cat in third and Blue Bayou brought up the
rear. A group of staunch supporters met the finishers and a Cayman style lunch
was served including lobster, whelks and cassava with all the trimmings.
The Cayman Catboat Club each year
honours David Foster, one of its founding members and staunch supporters of
blessed memory, whose birth date was 24 August. The race is held on the weekend
nearest Foster’s birth date and pays tribute to his dedication to tradition and
the enduring legacy he left behind for the