Olympic athlete meets with young sailors

Charlotte Webster and Ava Hider of team Double Hand PICOS were the winners.

Sailing legend and two-time Olympic silver medalist Ian Walker made a special appearance at the 10th Annual Captain Leroy Watson East End Regatta last weekend.

The meet on Jan. 23-24 at the East End Reef Resort featured races in the Laser Pico and Laser class.

Boats and guests arrived on Friday afternoon, with the first race scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday. Due to inclement weather, however, the race was postponed until 2 p.m.
The course was situated off the coast of the Sweet Spot kitesurfing club where waters were calmer.

Karin McGrath, CISC communication representative, left, and Coach Rebecca Calvert man the safety boat during the regatta.
Karin McGrath, CISC communication representative, left, and Coach Rebecca Calvert man the safety boat during the regatta.

The starting lines kept nine Picos and six Lasers engaged, as they all took off into the challenging course, with extra strong currents and a northwest breeze at 22 knots.
On Sunday, favorable conditions led to a prompt start and four races.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

In the Pico fleet, defending champions Ava Hider and Charlotte Webster sailed to first place, with Ian and George Hider in second, and Fenna Madison and Chloe Bentic-Lalli in third.

Andres McDermot took first place in the Laser class, followed by Allena Rankine and Jesse Jackson, second and third place, respectively.

Following Sunday’s races, Walker, the winning skipper of Abu Dhabi’s 2015 Volvo Ocean Race, chatted with sailors. The Olympian intends to also attend the Cayman Islands Sailing Club after-school program at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, when some young sailors may have the chance to sail alongside him.

Sailing Club members and the public are invited to attend Walker’s presentation at CISC.
For more information, contact Nancy Boulmay at [email protected]

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