17 compete in StormChaser Regatta

Difficult conditions challenge sailors

Seventeen sailors weathered wet and windy conditions early this month at the annual 2016 StormChaser Regatta.

Hosted by the Cayman Islands Sailing Club, seven Optimist and 10 Laser Class sailors participated in the two-day event, starting June 4 in North Sound, George Town.

On day one of the regatta, the course proved to be challenging, with 28 knots, steady rain and occasional thunder.

On day two, there was less rain and wind, but dynamic wind shifts close to shore kept the competition going.

Navigating in first place in the Optimist class was Ava Hider, and in second, Fenna Madison. Chloe Bentick-Lalli secured third place.

In the Laser Fleet, Pablo Bertran sailed to first place, with last year’s winner, coach Raphael Harvey, in second. Rob Jackson was third.

“The Cayman Islands Sailing Club would like to thank everyone that was involved in this extraordinary two-day event,” said club manager Nancy Boulmay.

“Without the support of so many, it would be impossible for these events to take place.”
Held every year in June, the StormChaser Regatta marks the start of hurricane season and is one of the club’s races that allows different classes of fleets to sail together.

Olympic competitor

The Cayman Islands Sailing Club also noted their own sailor, Florence Allen, who will be representing Cayman in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August.

An Olympic Day event will be held at the Cayman Islands Sailing Club on Saturday, June 18. Pico Relay Races will be held to raise money for the Olympic expenses.

The event is open to the public.

For more information, email Nancy Boulmay at [email protected]