Bertran battles through windy conditions for laser title

The Cayman Islands Sailing Club hosted the 2015 Mark Clarke Laser National Championship over the weekend with seven races in blustery conditions. Fleets competed in the Laser Standard, Radial, and 4.7. Light classes as the winds dominated throughout. 

Shifty conditions were prevalent and made staying in the front of the fleet difficult. This challenged the racers, especially as they had to deal with sweltering heat too. 

Competitors were anxious to begin the first race but there had to be a general recall because many boats crossed the line early. 

The race was restarted but this attitude never left the fleet as several more races had a second start. 

Racing was tight, however, those at the top of the rankings always seemed to rise up through the fleet regardless of their position off the start line. 

Allena Rankine, sailing a fabulous regatta, pulled ahead from deep in the fleet to finish third overall. For her, that was a tough battle in the calmer winds with a smaller sail than her competition. 

Laser Standard sailor Rob Jackson consistently finished with top three results for the duration of the regatta and finished in second place overall. Pablo Bertran captured the 2015 Cayman Islands Laser title with a low score of 9 points after seven races. 

Before the last race, he stated “this race counts for everything” as the scoring was close between the top two positions. 

Although Bertran lost the final race to Rob Jackson, he won by one point in the final tally.  

The sailing club welcomed sailors from the Lough Ree Yacht Club in Ireland who took part in the races. 

Following the awards ceremony, Adam Cullen presented Commodore Mike Farrington with a burgee from the Lough Ree club and Farrington reciprocated the gesture with the 50th Anniversary CISC burgee. More laser racing will be at the Cayman Islands Sailing club on the first Sunday of every month, starting on Dec. 6. 

Pablo Bertran
Pablo Bertran, 2015 Cayman Islands Laser champion, rounding a mark.