'We brought a strong team from Peru,' says Peter BARCLAY, vice president of the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA), who hails from Peru.
Twelve year-old Ivan APONTE, from Puerto Rico, had a great day. 'I got a third and fourth in two of the races,' said APONTE, with a big smile.
'It was tough,' said a tired eleven year old Ard VAN AANHOLT, who is representing Curacao, along with his nine year old brother Just and 13 year old sister Philipine. 14 year old Matthew SCOTT, from Trinidad agreed with Van AANHOLT, with a caveat. 'It was tough and tricky out there, but I'm up to the challenge and I think I have a good chance of doing really well. We've really trained hard for this event.'
Full fledged support by the Trinidad & Tobago government has moved sailing into the forefront and positioned the dual-island nationality to be one of the countries around the world to make sailing a national sport.
'We're more than just footballers,' says David LEWIS, president of the Trinidad & Tobago Optimist Dinghy Association (TODA). He added, 'We'd like to see other Caribbean island governments follow suit and put the region on the map as a powerhouse for sailing.'
Racing continues today.