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29 November 2007, 12:51 pm
Golden Rock Regatta Concludes In The Caribbean
The DLA Piper team in action
The DLA Piper team in action

Golden Rock Regatta 2007
Fort Orange, Statia, Netherland Antilles

Christopher LAND led his DLA Piper team to victory at the third annual Golden Rock Regatta in the Caribbean.
Christopher LAND was the skipper and helm of the DLA Piper boat, which won the regatta last Friday after taking first place in the final race from Frigate Bay, St Kitts to Fort Orange, Statia.

The regatta kicked off on Sunday 11 November in Great Bay, Sint Maarten and races took place throughout the week in the Caribbean. The regatta commemorates the recognition of US independence by the Netherlands in 1776 and also serves to attract tourism to benefit the various islands.

The Regatta Committee has accentuated the historical and cultural uniqueness of the participating islands to stimulate the growth of tourism and, in turn, the local economies. This year, the Golden Rock Regatta also chose four schoolchildren from Statia to ride along-side the racing boats to learn about sailing and the islands, as well as to form a bond with the ocean.

"We are very proud to have won this event as a team and excited to have the firm involved as a sponsor," said LAND, an associate in DLA Piper's New York office. "The programme's format has evolved tremendously since the first regatta in 2005 and we are pleased to be a part of its growing popularity."

The inaugural regatta in 2005 included only eight yachts crewed by 70 sailors. However, the six-day event has since grown tremendously. This year, more than 20 boats and an estimated 150 participated. Unlike most other regattas organized in the region, these races are longer, with overnight stops, offering the unusual experience of sailing to a new island each day and experiencing each island's culture.

Golden Rock Regatta -
Ashley Yahn (As Amended By ISAF)
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