The regatta at the Reef Resort in East End two weeks ago was another huge success enjoyed by a record number of sailors. Conditions were perfect and once again the setting with the reef as a backdrop was stunningly beautiful.
This regatta has now been running for seven years. It was founded to commemorate the legendary Captain Leroy Watson of East End and is always sponsored by Donald McLean from Health Care Pharmacy. From small beginnings, it has steadily grown and this year 37 sailors took part.
In the Laser class Rob Jackson blew away coach Raph Harvey, who took bullets in all seven races. Harvey took second with Tomeaka McTaggart in third place and she was top Radial.
This was also a breakthrough regatta for the youth Laser sailors who challenged well against the seniors. Thomas Bishop sailed consistently well to fourth place, closely followed by Jesse Jackson in fifth.
Shane McDermott also sailed well and, but for two early starts, could have been challenging for fourth.
In the Optimist class Pablo Bertran and Allena Rankine battled it out for top honours, with Bertran taking five of the seven races.
In the Optimist Green fleet Will Jackson ran out the winner.
In the Pico double handed division Ben Woodford and Trey Milgate were convincing winners, with Will Roberts and Tyler Lawson in second. Sam Bailey and Jade Wilkinson took third.
Club manager Rick Caley said: “The event has become a highlight on the racing calendar as families can race together and enjoy a weekend staycation at the Reef Resort, which hosts the regatta.
“This was especially born out this year where father and son team Will and Rob Jackson were both trophy winners.”
Coach Harvey was thrilled with the youth racers. “It’s a huge undertaking to transport so many boats out to East End and a lot of work, but the conditions out here are unique and gives everyone a chance to race under different conditions to those back on North Sound,” he said.
“We are indebted to the many volunteers who help out especially Race Officer Peta Adams, Linda Locke at the Reef Resort and Compass Marine who help transport the boats.”
The Cayman Islands Sailing Club runs dinghy racing every first Sunday of the month.
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