Sailors breezing along towards more waves of success

The Cayman Islands Sailing Club had an extremely successful 2014 and indications are that there will be many more highlights this year.

Youth elite sailors Florence Allen and Pablo Bertran competed at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, with their coach Raph Harvey and did well.

Allen, Jesse Jackson and Andres McDermot sailed at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico two months ago and impressed there.

Mike Farrington, the sailing club’s commodore and his brother Simon, the clubhouse representative, finished in third place at the J22 World Championship 2014 in Vaal Dam, South Africa.

“The international racing presence we have from such a small island is huge, but we are fortunate to have some of the best sailing year round in the world in the North Sound,” Mike said.

The J22 boat Just leaving won the J22 Commodore’s Cup held last weekend, with a racing format of a long distance race on Saturday and four short races on Sunday.

Next up is the J22 National Regatta on Feb. 7-8 and then Race Cayman on March 21-22, an international race.

Yellow Pages sponsors the boat and owners of Just Leaving, which includes Mike Farrington, Matt Diaz and Sam Dawson, with coach Harvey as a team member.

They are in training for the next J22 World Championship, in Travemunde, Germany, this summer.

Gustavo Lima, an Olympic laser sailor, will soon arrive to be the club’s special guest coach to celebrate its 50th anniversary year, said sailing club representative Nancy Boulmay.

Lima will help train the youths for international races and give a few pointers to the adult sailors.

The youth program keeps increasing as popularity increases, with lessons and camps filled and there is a waiting list. Prospect Primary won the 2014 RBC School Sailing Championship and already the schools are looking forward to the next competition at the end of the year.

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