Stormchaser Regatta sails through

The Cayman Islands Sailing Club hosted its annual Stormchaser dinghy regatta over the weekend. 

The Stormchaser Regatta was introduced to mark the arrival of 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 boats race together. 

Despite the heavy rains last weekend, the winds weren’t at all reflective of hurricane season. 

“This year was one of the least windy Stormchasers to date with the wind ranging from 5-10 mph,” said Nancy Boulmay, the Sailing Club manager. “This led to some exciting light wind racing.” 

Despite the weather, there was a good turnout with 14 lasers and 9 Optimists. The morning saw three races with competitors racing it out under grey skies, lashing rain and 5 mph winds. 

After a quick lunch break they were out again for the last four races in bright sunshine and blue skies and totally different sailing conditions. 

After a long day, Raph Harvey secured first place in the laser fleet. He was closely followed by Rob Jackson coming in second and Mike O’Conner ending in third place. 

In the Optimist class, Will Jackson got his first Stormchaser win. He was followed by George Hider taking second place and Olivia Jackson in third place. 

Receiving his fourth win in five years, Coach Raph Harvey thanked those who volunteered their time and efforts to help make this Stormchaser race a great success. 

The Laser Fleet at the start of the afternoon race. – Photos: Submitted


Optimists race round the course.


Commodore Mike Farrington and Peta Adams present Stormchaser Trophy to Coach Raph Harvey, center.


Will Jackson got his first Stormchaser win.