The sixth Annual J/22 International Invitational Regatta was recently held on the North Sound and was again hosted by the Cayman Islands Sailing Club.
The event was part of the Race Cayman 2012 regatta, which was sponsored by HSBC and the Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sport and Culture. For the first time, teams travelled from Germany, Norway and South Africa to participate and joined the more regular competitors from the US, Bahamas, Jamaica and the UK.
International representatives included from Germany (Peter Karrie), South Africa (Len John Van der Wel), Bahamas (Craig Symonette and Dave Valentina), USA (Marc Fisher and Bill Wiggins), United Kingdom (Olie Dix), Jamaica (Peter Harper) and Norway (Are Huser).
The event was highly competitive and the sailing conditions were simply perfect. The weather was as advertised, with 10-20 knot trade winds blowing all day.
In the end, the local Cayman teams proved to be too strong for the visitors. Top local sailor Mike Farrington sailing Just Leaving was crowned the 2012 Invite Champion with finishes of five firsts, two seconds and two thirds, tossing a third to win with just 12 points. Not too far off the pace was top local woman sailor Jane Moon on Ciao! with two firsts, six seconds and a fourth (tossing the 4th) to finish with a remarkable 14 points.
Third went to Marc Fischer of the US on the great yacht Wreckless with 31 points. Rounding out the top five was another local boat, Simon Farrington on Sunshine, in fourth with 41pts and Craig Symonette from Nassau, Bahamas sailing Calima 5 for 42pts.
Sea conditions challenged the sailors to get around the marks cleanly with good boat-handling. With racing taking place over three days, the regatta was exceptionally well managed under the guidance of race officers Peta Adams and Andrew Moon along with visiting international judges Gilmour Manuel and Harry Keith.