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Caribbean Compass Sailing Magazine - March 2018

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For the first time in

For the first time in the regatta’s history, a fifth day of racing has been added to the schedule. Racing is scheduled for the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The official “Day Off” is scheduled for the Thursday. This year also introduces the new Offshore Multihull Association (OMA) Class. Launched to better manage the multihull races, the OMA Class will incorporate the new MultiRule rating and scoring system, which was developed to establish more fair ratings for the boats. Already four teams are signed up to race, including last year’s Multihull Class winner, Greg Slyngstad’s Bieker 53, Fujin. Visit www.lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com/us for more information. Salty Dawg Antigua-to-US Rally Registration Open The nonprofit Salty Dawg Sailing Association (SDSA) has opened registration for its Spring Rally from Antigua to the US. The Salty Dawg fleet will set sail on May 15th. The rally will depart Falmouth Harbour, Antigua after several days of social activities, help reconstruct the lives of islanders after the destruction of the last hurricane season, the SDSA Spring Rally will accommodate those cruisers who wish to join the rally and depart from an island other than Antigua as well. “The Spring Rally is a diverse group made up of North American cruisers returning after a season in the sun, and European cruisers continuing their ‘Atlantic Circle’ and looking forward to a summer on the Eastern Seaboard. As always, the Spring Rally is a great way to meet other cruisers, and to sail offshore in company,” says Rick Palm, SDSA Director of Rally Management. Alan and Donna Spiers on Magic Dragon, an Oyster 55 from Southampton, UK (pictured) joined the Salty Dawg Spring Rally a year ago, explored New England with the Salty Dawg Rally to Maine, and returned to the Caribbean in the Salty Dawg Fall Rally. “We felt the Dawgs represented good value for our money. The rallies were very personal and we soon got to know most of the people participating. Would we use the Dawgs again? Definitely! The wealth of information we received from the American Dawgs helped us make the best use of our limited time in the US,” Alan says. The Spring Rally will feature the hallmarks of all Salty Dawg rallies: • Weather routing services, both pre-departure briefings and daily updates during the passage by Chris Parker of Marine Weather Center. • On-line tracking on the Salty Dawg “Follow the Fleet” web link hosted by OCENS. • Shoreside coordination and communication by experienced Salty Dawg volunteers. • A twice-daily SSB Net facilitating communication among the boats in the fleet. • A cruise-in-company support system where veteran participants offer advice and counsel to others. • The lowest possible entry fee with the greatest possible payback as a result of the support of over 40 sponsors and dozens of experienced cruisers who volunteer their time. In addition, those leaving from the primary departure point in Antigua will benefit from daily pre-departure weather briefings with group discussions, Departure Party and Happy Hour social events, discounts on dockage and marine services, and a shuttle to major grocery stores for provisioning. Visit www.saltydawgsailing.org/spring-rally-2 to register for the SDSA spring rally. For more information on the Salty Dawg Spring Rally see ad on page 12. YOUTH SAILING NEWS MARCH 2018 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 14 British sailors Donna and Alan Spiers of Magic Dragon are Salty Dawg regulars weather briefings, and boat preparations. The departure site has been changed to Antigua from Virgin Gorda in the BVI owing to damage caused to facilities by Hurricane Irma last fall. To recognize Salty Dawgs and other cruisers who are volunteering their efforts to Caribbean Sailors in 47th Youth Sailing Worlds The Youth Sailing World Championships is the pinnacle event on the youth racing calendar and, since the first event in 1971, a long list of sailing legends including Sir Ben Ainslie and Russell Coutts and numerous Olympic medalists have won medals at this event as they emerged onto the international stage. Racing in the most recent event took place from December 9th though 16th, in Sanya, China. Nearly 400 competitors from 60 nations raced across nine classes, with just one spot available to each country in each class. Thad Lettsome of the BVI, age 15, sailed in the Laser Radial Class against 50 other competitors, finishing in 33rd position, which put Lettsome as the top finisher in the class from the Caribbean islands. St. Lucia’s Luc Chevrier was 34th, Malcolm Benn-Smith from Bermuda 35th, Tijn van der Gulik of the Netherlands Antilles was 38th, Mateo di Blasi of the USVI 46th and Jesse Jackson from the Cayman Islands finished 49th. —Continued on next page

— Continued from previous page Di Blasi was the youngest sailor in the fleet. Lettsome was selected by World Sailing earlier this year to receive a scholarship through their Emerging Nations Programme and traveled to China for a training camp a few days before the event. Young sailors from Antigua also competed in the event. The team of Louis Bavay and Rocco Falcone were 27th in the 29er boys‘ class, and Jalese Gordon ended in 37th place in the Laser Radial girls‘ class. Visit http://isafyouthworlds.com/results/2017_sanya_china.php for full results. Antiguan and DR Teens Win Olympic Kiteboard Qualifier In January, Antigua’s Tiger Tyson won the boys’ division of the North American and Caribbean Youth Olympic Qualifiers (under 19) kiteboarding event at Cabarete, Dominican Republic, after a fierce battle but never moving off the top spot. Tyson was one of the youngest competitors, at age 15 in the 15-to-18- year-old category. This was the first-ever Olympic qualifier held in the discipline of kiteboarding, and Antigua & Barbuda is now one of 12 countries entered in second place on countback, and it all came down to having won the last race over third-place finisher Maramenides. It was a proud day for the host country of these qualifiers as local girl Lou Marin, TWINTIPRACING.COM Lou Marin of the Dominican Republic (center, left) and Tiger Tyson of Antigua & Barbuda (center, above) won the girls’ and boys’ divisions, respectively, of the North American and Caribbean Youth Olympic Qualifiers (under 19) kiteboarding event the 2018 Youth Olympics to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in October. The North American/Caribbean boys’ division proved intense as everything came down to the final race of the day. The top three riders went into the heat with only 1.1 points between them, and Tyson came to the first mark only in fourth. But with his fellow training partner Cameron Maramenides of the USA getting involved in a tangle (for which he was granted redress) with his teammate Jacob Olivier, he moved into second place after the Dominican Republic’s Adeuri Corniel and secured the event win and qualification place for Antigua by just 0.1 points. Corniel and Maramenides ended up tied for points, with the DR’s Adeuri Corniel being awarded after dominating her division all week, won the North American/Caribbean girls’ division and also earned a spot in the Youth Olympic Games. It seems fitting that she, who has kited in the Dominican Republic all her life, will represent this country with such a strong kiteboarding heritage in the very first Olympic Games to include the sport. Her teammate, Paula Herrmann finished second overall, and Faviola Collazo-Velez of Puerto Rico finished in third place. All qualification places are being sent to World Sailing for confirmation with the respective National Olympic Committees. Congratulations to the very first Youth Olympic Kiteboarders representing The Americas: Tiger Tyson of Antigua & Barbuda and Lou Marin of the Dominican Republic in the North American/Caribbean group, and Maria Valentina Alvarez Villarroel of Venezuela and Geronimo Lutteral of Argentina in the South American group. For more information visit http://twintipracing.com/news/item/407-antigua-brazildominican-republic-and-venezuela-win-first-direct-qualifier-spots-for-kiteboardingyouth-olmypics-in-perfect-cabarete-conditions MARCH 2018 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 15 A WEEK OF WORLD CLASS RACING Do you have what it takes to challenge winner of the 2017 Lord Nelson Trophy - Lazy Dog? WWW.SAILINGWEEK.COM SPECTATING PARTYING APRIL 28 – MAY 4 Racing • Cruising • Multihull Bareboat • Club Class

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