Team made waves again

Cayman sailors had a good showing at a recent international tournament in the United States, finishing a respectable 34th overall out of 71 teams last week.

Cayman’s top racing team competed in Newport, Rhode Island, in the J22 World Championships. This year marked the 30th anniversary of this event on Oct. 1-5, and featured teams from the U.S., Canada, South Africa and Cayman.

In the first two races, Mike Farrington, Matt Diaz and Sam Dawson took advantage of the windy conditions and recorded a fourth and a fifth place to take them up to 18th place overall.

“This is the most prestigious regatta for the J22 class and although we didn’t have a good first day of racing, the team came together and sailed really well. It is fantastic to be racing alongside some of the top sailors in the world,” said Farrington.

There was added Cayman interest at the event as the top Canadian entry featured Mike Weber and Darcy Fuller, both former coaches at the Cayman Islands Sailing Club, sailing with Marina Maffessanti, a former top youth sailor in Cayman. Their team finished in 30th place.

“It’s great to see Cayman back on the world sailing scene once again,” said Rick Caley, sailing club manager. “Last month, the youth team was up in Newport doing us proud in the Byte World Championships. Now the big boys are at it. People are starting to ask what we are doing down here on our small island and want to come to race against us.”


Cayman was represented by Sam Dawson, Matt Diaz and Mike Farrington.


The world’s top sailors converged on Newport’s waves this month.