Premier effort reaps silver reward

The Cayman Islands Youth sailing team had a successful showing at the Premier’s Cup regatta in Tortola, British Virgin Islands over the weekend.

They took silver medals in the regatta, along with the Maxwell “Mackie” Simmons award for the team displaying the best sportsmanship.

The BVI team took advantage of their local knowledge and sailed well to lift the trophy but Cayman beat out strong competition from Anguilla and Antigua to take second place.

The Premier’s Cup, now in its 16th year, has welcomed hundreds of enthusiastic young sailors from across the Caribbean and other countries, who have enjoyed competing in the beautiful Virgin Islands waters while fostering excellent camaraderie amongst themselves.

“The team sailed really well and had a great time interacting with kids their own age from other islands,” said coach Kelvin Brown.

“Two years ago, we were placed sixth but the team is a little older and a lot wiser now so it was good to see them make so much progress.

“We would like to say a big thank you to the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman and Deutsche Bank who helped out with the cost of the travel to BVI.”

The team of six were sailing a 24 foot boat similar to the J22 that they sail in Cayman.

Pablo Bertran and Florence Allan look forward now to traveling to China next month to represent Cayman in the Youth Olympic Games, whilst Jesse Jackson and Andres McDermot are hoping to represent Cayman at the Central American and Caribbean games in Mexico in November. Allena Rankine and James Allen completed the team.

Club manager Rick Caley said, “This group of sailors is having an amazing year and they are making their mark wherever they go.

“With their hard work and the dedicated coaching of our instructors, along with the generous support of our sponsors, they are excellent ambassadors for Cayman.”

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