National Dinghy Championships slated for next weekend

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National Dinghy Championships slated for next weekend

Young sailors from the Saint Lucia Youth Sailing Programme are training hard for the annual National Dinghy Championships which will be held at the Saint Lucia Yacht Club from June 7-9.

Juniors aged 8-20 will participate in two days of racing in the bay off Reduit Beach, sailing Optimist and Laser dinghies in the culmination of a year which has seen solid growth in the number of participants in the programme.

The action starts on Friday afternoon with the ‘Green’ Fleet – a small group of fresh new sailors who will compete in two races from 4pm, allowing them to develop their Optimist racing skills for the first time in a competitive environment.

On Saturday and Sunday, four Opti and Laser Divisions will race on the same course in Rodney Bay, with staggered starting times to allow the different classes to show off their skills.

This year a number of Martiniquan clubs have signed up to compete in the Saint Lucia regatta, and competitors from Schoelcher and Le Marin are expected to arrive on Friday.

The Martinique clubs have hosted several regattas and training camps this year, and the relationship between the Saint Lucia Yacht Club and our French neighbours is strong and competitive, which augers well for the competition.

Racing starts at 9:30am on Saturday, with morning and afternoon sessions, and continues on Sunday 9.30am-1pm. The prize-giving ceremony will be held at the Saint Lucia Yacht Club at 4pm Sunday, with a BBQ Party to round off the weekend.

SLYC Sailing Captain Fredric Sweeney, himself a graduate of the Youth Sailing Program who won several titles in Saint Lucia and Martinique, is excited about the fixture, and looking forward to seeing Saint Lucian and French sailors compete hard this year.

Spectators, parents and potential sailors will be hosted on board the Endless Summer catamaran, which will anchor close to the action throughout the weekend. The spectator boat is complimentary, and all interested persons are invited to come along and see the Saint Lucia youth sailors in action.

For more information about the Saint Lucia National Dinghy Championships, please visit www.stluciayachtclub.com or contact Coordinator Lily Bergasse at [email protected]

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