Just Leaving left all behind

The fifth annual J22 International Invitational Regatta was held last month on Grand Cayman’s North Sound and was another resounding success.

Hosted by the Cayman Islands Sailing Club, the event attracted teams from the USA, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada and the UK, who took on the top three Cayman J22 teams.

Windy conditions throughout the regatta with strong winds reaching almost 25 knots at times, made the racing challenging and exciting to watch. Day one was dominated by the Farrington brothers both representing Cayman. Simon Farrington on Sunshine won the first race but Mike on Just Leaving won the next two races to take a two point lead into day two.

Bahamas sailing legend Jimmie Lowe was close behind in third spot. The rest of the fleet struggled to control their spinnakers in the strong conditions with Marc Fischer from Rochester, USA breaking a spinnaker pole in an unplanned broach.

The second day saw more consistent performances from Fischer and Craig Symonette from the Bahamas but the top three boats continued to dominate the podium positions.

It was a similar story on day three although Lowe was by now reading the conditions well and challenging Mike Farrington in close fought races. Just Leaving relished the competition and sailed ever harder to take the regatta overall with a fine record of eight wins out of nine.

The Just Leaving crew has been the dominant force in the J22 class in Cayman over the past two years and are undertaking an overseas campaign this year.

They recently competed in the North American Midwinter regatta in Tampa and will be going to the J22 World Championship competition later this year.

The Cayman youth team skippered by Chris Delaney and helmed by Thomas Hanson aboard DMS sailed well throughout the regatta with consistent results in demanding conditions.