Learning experience for sailors at CAC Games

Allena Rankine competed in the Women’s Single Handed Laser division.

The Cayman Islands sailing team have wrapped up their participation at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC Games) in Colombia. Although they didn’t win any medals, the sailors said it was an important learning experience.

Allena Rankine finished 10th out of 11 sailors in the Women’s Single Handed Laser division. In the Men’s Single Handed Laser Division, Cayman’s Shane McDermot finished 10th and Jesse Jackson placed 12th. McDermot and Jackson competed against 15 other sailors. In the Open Hobie 16, Alun Davies and Florence Allan finished 8th of nine teams.

Although this is McDermot’s second time at the CAC Game, this was his first time sailing in the Men’s Single-Handed Laser division; which he said, proved to be a bit challenging.

“I was in the radial division with the youth, but since I am no longer in the youth division, I’m in the men’s division and they use a larger sail. With these conditions it was harder for me, since I’m smaller than the other guys, but it was still good for me,” said McDermot.

Florence Allan prepares her vessel for competition.

Jackson said even though he did not medal he is still happy to be walking away with the new experience gained.

“As my coach always says, first place medals aren’t given out; you have to go earn them,” he said. “What I am taking away from this meet is that I can actually compete against these high-level sailors because I was close to them, and so going forward I am going to put my best foot forward, so I can go to other big events.”

Allan also spoke about her Colombian experience: “I’m coming from the Laser with is a single-handed boat, into a double-handed boat. Which is obviously quite a challenge because you are sailing with someone else, you are relying on someone else to do things that you are normally in control of yourself. This is the first regatta that we are sailing together in, so it’s been a bit of a challenge,” she said.

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