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18 August 2005, 05:10 pm
Young Optimist Sailors Join In 40th Anniversary Regatta
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Carriacou Regatta 2005

18 young sailors from Grenada and Carriacou demonstrated their talent in the first Optimist Dinghy Regatta to be staged as part of the recent Carriacou Regatta Anniversary celebration of 40 years of sailing. The three day event, organised by the Grenada Sailing Association, included expert tactical training and practical advice from two qualified instructors, Nick STEPHENS and Randy MANWARRING.
There was also a full schedule of competitive racing with the ScotiaBank Race Day on Sunday 31 July, followed by the Hubbard's Race Series on Monday 1 August. As an added bonus, each race day ended with a fun relay, involving not only the young racers, but parents and helpers as well.

Although the young sailors had varying degrees of experience, all benefited from the training, which showed up in some very exciting and closely fought racing, particularly in the ScotiaBank Race Day, where there were points ties for both second and third places. Renaldo NOEL from Windward shared third place with Mavrick CUDJOE of Harvey Vale, while Shakeem NOEL of Woburn matched points with Ronell ALLAN of Windward for second behind Kenzo SZYJAN of Grenada Yacht Club in first place. The end of day relay race was won by Carriacou's Reynold 'Ren' HAEMER, Ronell ALLAN and Mavrick CUDJOE, joined by Woburn's Clinton BRATHWAITE.

Hubbard's Race Series on Monday was also closely fought, with the teams enjoying some excellent breezes and race conditions after some difficult squalls on the previous day. David MURRAY of Grenada Yacht Club took fourth place, with Woburn boys Shakeem NOEL and Clinton BRATHWAITE coming through to take second and third respectively. But again it was Kenzo SZYJAN who proved unbeatable for a second day. The final relay race of the Regatta was taken by David MURRAY, Kenzo SZYJAN and Clinton BRATHWAITE from Grenada, with team mate Renaldo NOEL from Carriacou.

The event is part of the Optimist Youth Sailing Programme run by the Grenada Sailing Association as part of its ongoing commitment to the development of all aspects of sailing in Grenada and its sister islands. This initiative is particularly geared to creating an interest in sailing, developing the natural talents of our young sailors and providing access to professional training and international standard equipment to all our sailing communities.

GSA President Jacqui PASCALL commented, 'The Regatta was a tremendous success. It was the first time that we have had a fleet of 15 Optimists together, with sailors from Grenada and Carriacou competing in full race conditions and it has given us a great opportunity to scout young talent for the future. We plan to make this part of an annual schedule of events, with the long term goal of sending young sailors to take part in Caribbean Region and International Optimist Regattas, with the ultimate goal to have a representative sailing in the 2012 Olympics in London. Thank you once again to all sponsors, volunteers and parents, and of course to a team of great young sailors for helping to make this happen. The future is looking very bright.'

Caribbean Racing. Image, Event instructor Nick STEPHENS with all participating sailors from Grenada and Carriacou:©
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