Taylor sails for Bacardi breezes

Perfect conditions recently greeted
all sailors for the 2010 Bacardi Cayman Islands Laser National Championships.

Held at the Cayman Islands Sailing
Club in Red Bay the event has steadily grown the past few years. This year was
no exception, with a record number of entries.

Eighteen sailors battled it out for
two days and seven races. For the first time a Laser Radial division raced for
a separate title, which is an exciting prospect for the future of the Laser
fleet in the Cayman Islands. Both the Laser Standard and Laser Radial are
current Olympic classes.

Nick Taylor came in as the
defending champion and proved it was no fluke as he claimed the Laser Standard
title. Taylor held off sailing club head coach Raph Harvey, who stayed within
three points of the leader over the course of the competition. He would win the
title by one point over Harvey and stated the title defence was far from easy.

“It was really hard work,” Taylor
said. “Raph and I were never greater than three lengths apart for the races,
constantly passing each other all the way round. It was a real battle and Raph
put in a superb effort.”

For his efforts Taylor would win a
trophy and bottle of Bacardi rum. In addition to Harvey he beat out a number of
sailors for props including Rob Jackson, Charlie Grover, Chris Delaney and
local sailing legend John Bodden, who won this regatta back in 1992. Grover placed
third, Mike Farrington placed fourth and Bodden was fifth.

In the Laser Radial division
Tomeaka McTaggart dominated the class. Her technique and speed allowed her to
mix it up with the faster Laser Standards class for the majority of the races
(typically finishing fourth-sixth overall). The other top finishers in the
category were second place Dave Stephenson, Ken Holland in third, fourth place
Jo Richards and Ben Williams in fifth.

All of the sailors thank Peta Adams
and her support crew for putting on two days of perfect racing and course
management. Also earning praise were Bacardi for their sponsorship and great
prizes and the sailing club for the management and organisation of a successful
Laser Nationals.

For more information e-mail the
sailing club at [email protected] or visit the website at www.sailing.ky

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