Dinghies prepare for Stormchaser

The Cayman Islands Sailing Club hosts the fourth annual Stormchaser dinghy regatta this month.

The Stormchaser regatta was introduced to mark the arrival of the hurricane season and takes place in June every year. It is one of only two regattas held during the year where different classes of sailing boat sail together.

The senior fleet races in Lasers whilst the juniors will be in Optimist dinghies. Catboats will also join in, racing in North Sound, a true spectacle of the traditional and modern sailing in Cayman. True to its Stormchaser title, the early June weather usually brings strong variable wind and waves, making for exciting sailing. Last year’s champion Raph Harvey is looking forward to defending his title.

“We have plenty of very good dinghy sailors in Cayman and the conditions are such that anyone could have a good couple of days and take the trophy,” Harvey said. “With seven or eight races the lead can change hands several times. You just have to try and be consistent and always make sure you are in the mix.”

Rob Jackson came second last year and he is hoping to overcome Harvey this time around.

“I have been out practicing as much as work constraints would allow,” Jackson said. “You cannot beat time on the water to improve your fitness and skill levels. I’m just hoping it pays off.”

The regatta is open to anyone who wants to sail although club boats are limited. Cayman Distributors and Red Stripe are sponsoring the senior regatta again.

Club Manager Rick Caley explains: “sailing is very thirsty work and after a day of physical exertion, it is traditional to wind down and exchange stories over a drink or two. We are delighted that Red Stripe look after the seniors whilst the Juniors recharge their systems with Lucozade.”

For more information, contact club manager Rick Caley at [email protected]