Ciao! Full Moon

The annual J22 Commodores Cup recently featured nine boats in the first major J22 sailing regatta of the year in what turned out to be one of the most gruelling Commodore’s Cup regattas for many years.

The regatta was hosted by the Cayman Islands Sailing Club’s Commodore who himself had, almost exactly a year ago, faced even more gruelling conditions in an expedition to Antarctic.

The regatta was held in the North Sound in testing conditions in January. Five races were run on the first day and with 20-plus knots of wind on the second race day, a long distance race around Booby Cay worth double points proved a fitting challenge to decide the winner.

Congratulations to Ciao! helmed by Tomeaka McTaggart and her crew for taking the honours. Ciao! beat Mike Farrington and his crew in Just Leaving by a single point, with his brother Simon Farrington taking third place. Meanwhile there was fierce competition in the middle of the fleet between Bruce Johnson, Jo Richards and John Carmichael with only six points separating them all.

Over the last year, the boats and crews have been competing for the honour of qualifying to participate in the Race Cayman 2012 regatta which runs 15-18 March with competing crews from USA, Jamaica, Bahamas, UK, USA, Norway, Germany and South Africa. Jane Moon and the Ciao! team are leading the final qualifying event still to be completed (J22 Nationals) and the overall qualifying standings are as follows.

In addition to J22 Racing, Race Cayman 2012 will include the Open and Western Caribbean Optimist Championships with young sailors visiting from Bahamas, Jamaica, BVI, USA and Russia. The Regatta is supported by the Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture, HSBC Bank (Cayman) Ltd, Flowers Bottled Water, Cayman Islands Sailing Club and the J22 fleet owners.

Further opportunities for sponsorship are available by contacting Rick Caley [email protected]