The KPMG Youth Winter Championship was held last weekend (April 8 & 9) by Bahamas National Sailing School on Montagu Bay. This regatta is one of the four major junior events held each year in The Bahamas and attracts sailors from a number of family islands. The classes sailed were Optimist Dinghies (ages 8 to 14), Laser Radials, Laser 4.7 and Sunfish. In addition to a number of sailors from the family islands attending, juniors from Turks and Caicos also came to do battle. There were 38 participants in all and results showed just how competitive our young sailors are in the region.
The Optimist class was divided into two separate fleets, the Championship Fleet for our advanced Optimist sailors and the Green Fleet for beginners (first year of racing).
Tristan Eldon from Nassau, age 15, won the KPMG Youth Winter Championship in the Optimist Championship Fleet for the third time as he continues his dominance in this class by winning six out of the seven races sailed. Jaxon Parker, a new-comer to our international race team won the last race, showing Tristan that he is serious about moving in on that number one spot. In the end, results for this fleet were first place Tristan Eldon, second Jaxon Parker and third Morgan Grammatico (all Nassau).
Alexander Ferguson (Nassau) took top honors in the Green Fleet with Thatcher Dinnick taking second and Tanash Johnson third.
The first day in the Laser Radial Class saw very close racing between two of our top international racers from Nassau, Cochise Burrows and Spencer Cartwright (both 16 years old). Spencer had just come away from a big win the previous weekend in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Laser Invitational Regatta, in which the top junior Laser sailors from around the Caribbean participated. He, Cochise and Paul de Souza are always battling it out and this weekend it was Cochise who dominated on day one, winning three out of the four races that day. Unfortunately, he was traveling on Sunday so couldn’t compete on day two. Paul de Souza wasn’t able to sail so in the end Spencer had it all his way with winning all three races on Sunday to take top honors. Robbie Carey was second and Matteo Alliata was third (All from Nassau).
Eric Boxerman (Nassau) dominated the Laser 4.7 Class by winning all seven races. Darren Roberts was second and Rori Bywater from Turks and Caicos was third.
Max Wassitsch (Nassau) dominated the Sunfish class by winning all even races. Gabriel Newbold and Damien Sears were second and third respectively.
A thank you from Coach Dunkley on behalf of Bahamas National Sailing School and BSA, “Thank you so much to the partners of KPMG for your generous support. It not only helps us in developing our junior sailing program here but also around the islands, now including Turks and Caicos. We are so pleased to see our Bahamas National Sailing School (BNSS) program in Nassau developing the way it is. The number of students from Government schools is growing with thanks to you and assistance from the Regatta Desk at Ministry of Agricuture and Marine Resources.
Congratulations to all the sailors and again a special thank you to KPMG for sponsoring this event and to Nassau Yacht Club for allowing us (BSA and BNSS) to host it at your club.”
Published Thursday, April 13, 2017