Cayman sailors win in Jamaica

A team of sailors from the Cayman Islands Sailing Club took the top spot at the Jamin’ J22 Invitational Regatta in Montego Bay, Jamaica this month.

Three teams made the trip to the neigbouring island for the 9-10 December international invitational event hosted by the Montego Bay Yacht Club. They were among 11 teams, including from the United States, Canada and Jamaica.

Weather would have a major impact on the regatta.

From all reports, the weather was variable on the first day with light winds and lots of cloud.  “The light and shifting winds made sailing very challenging and in one race the wind clocked through 90 degrees resulting in three spinnaker runs instead of two runs and two beats,” the CISC noted in a circular.

“The fickle winds meant that a good start was essential.  Each boat found that a missed shift or a badly timed tack could cost places and the results show that boats coming last in one race could finish first or second in the next.”

Racing was close with lead changes and fighting for position across the fleet with all boats finishing within two minutes of the leader.

Early on the second morning ahead of racing, a storm brought high winds, torrential rains and poor sea conditions that the final day of racing was called off.

The results of the four races on Saturday decided the regatta and meant that the Cayman team, Yahoo!, skippered by Bruce Johnson won by two points, followed Geronimo from Kingston, and the final podium spot going to the Cayman team led by Mike Farrington.

Team Yahoo! took the top spot.

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