Jackson finishes 21st in Pan Am sailing event

Cayman Islands sailor Jesse Jackson has completed his first Pan American Games in Peru with an overall ranking of 21 in the men’s dinghy competition, leaving him out of the medaling race on Friday, 29 August. 

Jackson had a slow start to his Pan Am debut after facing multiple challenges on the first two days of the Games due to the wind conditions in Paracas Bay, about four hours south of Lima. 

“Overall these Games are a big difference in terms of skill level, it was a really tough event,” he said, adding “this venue isn’t one of the easiest venues. [It was either] very windy or no wind so it was a tough event.” 

Jackson struggled with emotions during the first days of the races, having to complete at least three sails a day – a total of 10 qualifying races in less than five days. 

Completing all five days of the regatta, Jackson tallied 208 total points, finishing six points ahead of Federico Cabello of Paraguay, and just 14 points behind Cuba’s Dennier Infante. There were 22 sailors in the competition.

“I just want to thank all my friends, family [and] everybody who supported me through this event. I hope to continue to sail and get much better results,” Jackson said.

He’s been accompanied by coach Raphael Harvey at the Games.

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