Wauchope sails into the sunset

The final three days of sailboat
racing at the Youth Olympic Games took place in light wind and strong current
as Cayman’s Lizzy Wauchope tried to improve on her slow start.

In her final five races she was
able to sail with the top of the fleet and gain one place in the overall standings,
finishing 25th out of 32 boats.

In three of the races Wauchope
started strong and positioned herself in the top ten before running into bad
luck. In the final race of the regatta, Wauchope rounded the first mark in
fifth position before being penalized for breaking a rule.  She ended up 20th. 

Despite the disappointment with
what was looking like an excellent final race, Wauchope is happy with her

“I had three great races before making
some errors,” Wauchope said. “But I know that those errors are easy to correct
so I am confident that my next regatta will be better.”

Her coach, Mike Weber, noted that
Wauchope should be proud of her improvement in such a high profile event:
“Lizzy has relatively less experience than most of the fleet and she showed
that she improved on some aspects of her sailing throughout the regatta.”

“Sometimes the actual results don’t
speak to the overall success that a sailor has had, and in this case I watched Lizzy
sail with the top boats for a few of the races and she should be proud of her

The inaugural Youth Olympic Games,
held in Singapore, was
notable for Caribbean sailors. In the boys
division, Ian Barrows from the US Virgin Islands won the gold medal with Just
Van Aanholt of the Netherlands Antilles taking

“This was a great example of Caribbean sailors being able to compete against the rest
of the world,” Weber said. “We will start now to prepare for the next Games in

For Wauchope, her focus is on her
remaining two years as a youth sailor. She will be moving into the Laser Radial
sailboat and she has her sights on placing in the top 25 at the 2011 Youth
World Championship and then in the top 10 at the 2012 event.

“I love racing sailboats and I am
going to do all that I can to get better. It’s good attending regattas, but
winning looks like a lot more fun.”

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