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5 October 2010, 10:30 am
Daniel Gibson Captures the 2010 Bahamas Optimist National Championship Title
2010 Bahamas Optimist National Championships
A happy Daniel Gibson, the new 2010 Bahamas Optimist National Champion

Nassau, Bahamas

Consistency pays off for 14 year old Daniel Gibson from Nassau this weekend as he became the new Bahamas Optimist Champion by finishing inside the top six in all but one race.
Gibson mastered the light winds on Saturday with two second places and a seventh. Four races were sailed on Sunday in perfect 8 to 11 knot conditions with Gibson maintaining his composure and steady sailing to score two more seconds, a fourth and a sixth. Gibson finished the event with 18 points net and a winning margin of 11 points to scure the Championship and the Geoffrey Holowesko Trophy for the first time.

The battle for second a third place was closely fought between Spencer Cartwright and Tyler Cartwright. Spencer went into the final race with a sligh,t four point, advantage. Tyler put in a spirit performance to finish fourth in the last race compared to Spencer's sixth but it was not quiet enough with Spencer holding on to second overall with 29 points net.

Thirty six boats competed this past weekend on Montagu Bay in Nassau in the championship fleet of the 2010 Bahamas Optimist National Championship with sailors coming from Nassau, Long Island, Abaco, Freeport, Governor's Harbour and Harbour Island.

Forty five boats competed in the less experienced green fleet and six races were completed. With a second place in the first race and five first places in the subsequent races, eleven year old Paul de Souza from Nassau won the regatta followed by Laquille Cleare in second and Wesley Cleare, both from Harbour Island, in third position.

"There was a total of 81 boats competing in the 2010 junior National Championship in Montagu Bay and 52 of these boats came from the family islands. This is the largest out island representation that we have ever had in the junior national championship and it is the first time the family island boats have outnumbered the New Providence [Nassau] boats. This is definitely a positive sign for the future of sailing in the Bahamas." explained John Lawrence, President of the Bahamas Sailing Association. "There were 4 boats from Abaco, 16 from Grand Bahama, 10 from Long Island, 29 from New Providence, 6 from Governors Harbour and 16 from Harbour Island." John added.

"Great to see so many boats out on the water." emphasized Regatta Chairman Francisco de Cardenas before thanking all the sponsors for their continuous support: Bahamas Waste, Cable Bahamas, Coca-Cola, Sun-Tee, Kerzner International, KFC, KPMG, Ministry of Tourism, Odyssey Aviation Bahamas, Panama Jack, RBC and Rotary Club of East Nassau.

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