Seven Team BVI Optimist sailors from the Royal BVI Yacht Club traveled this weekend to compete in the 2017 Crucian Open at the St Croix Yacht Club. Nathan Haycraft, Samuel Allen and Kael Chalwell all came home with trophies in their respective divisions.
Racing outside the reef at Teague Bay, the two day event saw light winds from 8-10 knots on Saturday, increasing slightly on Sunday to 10-12 knots.
27 sailors competed in the Championship Fleet, Nathan Haycraft picked himself after a mixed first day to post top three finishes in the last three races and climb to third overall, albeit tied on points with second place finisher Caroline Sibilly from St Thomas. Haycraft also claimed second place in the Blue Fleet (age 11 & 12).
Next up was Kyle Roose in 18th place and steady mid-teen finishes to take 10th in the Red Fleet (age 13 to 15). Our newest Championship Fleet sailor, Samuel Allen sailed consistently through the weekend with a fantastic sixth place finish in race three to finish third in the White fleet (age 10 and under) and 21st overall.
Ryan Lettsome came in in 26th overall after finding himself with an OCS and then a black flag he had to count in the overall score. Starting technique is one of the most crucial elements of race strategy and perfecting the moment of hitting the start line just as the gun goes is one that all sailors work hard to achieve so it's only natural to get it wrong a few times along the way.
In the Green Fleet, Kael Chalwell faced stiff competition from local St Croix YC sailor, Moorehead and it ultimately came down to the very last race. Tied on points, the two sailors went head to head for the overall win but Moorehead just clinched it finishing the race second to Chalwell's third.
Antonio Cisneros, at only his second overseas regatta raced an excellent series with his best result of 4th in race eight and an overall finish position of 8th. Wil Seddon, the youngest team member finished in 14th.
The St Croix Yacht Club once again put on an excellent weekend of racing and friendship, they even managed to organize on water entertainment from some curious dolphins or maybe they had come along to watch the racing... who knows!
Thank you to the Moorings for their invaluable support, Chris, Coach Taylor, all the parents who helped with meals, loading and unloading and everyone at St Croix Yacht Club.
Optimist Championship fleet (27)
3. Nathan Haycraft (2nd Blue fleet)
18. Kyle Roose (10 red fleet)
21. Samuel Allen (3rd White fleet)
26. Ryan Lettsome (6th White fleet)
Optimist Green fleet (22)
2. Kael Chalwell
8. Antonio Cisneros
14. Wil Seddon
BVI sailor Sam Morrell finished in 9th place this weekend at the Club 420 Midwinter Championships in Martin County, Florida, USA.
Eight races were sailed and Morrell, with his crew Caroline Teare frm St Thomas, finished in the top four in four of the races. Luckily they were able to discard the Black Flag they picked up in the final race but this forced them to count a 13th place finish and slide down the leader-board.
Next up for Morrell is the US Sailing Association Double-Handed Championships in Florida from 12 to 14 May.
2017 Royal BVI Yacht Club AGM
The 2017 RBVIYC AGM will take place on 21 February at 18:30 - all members are welcome to attend.
If you haven't yet renewed for this year or would like to join for the first time, it's not to late...click on the link below for the membership form or contact the office.
Team BVI sailors will be competing at the following regattas over the next few months - stay tuned for how to follow their progress.
8-9 April - VIODA, St Thomas: Opti & Opti Green
12-14 May - ISSA Double Handed Championship, Florida, USA: Club 420
19-21 May - BVI Dinghy Championships, Opti, Opti Green, Laser, Laser Radial, Laser 4.7