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19 July 2016
Tortola, BVI
BVI Secure Top Tier Results at North American Championships
The BVI Team in Antigua
Team BVI: Rayne Duff, Ryan Lettsome, Kyle Roose, Nathan Haycraft and Coach Taylor Penwell
© Matias Capizzano
Nathan Haycraft
Nathan Haycraft in action in Antigua
© Matias Capizzano
2016 Optimist North American Championships  

Four Team BVI sailors raced last week in Antigua at the 2016 Seaboard Optimist North American Championships.

144 sailors from 20 countries were competing with Rayne Duff, Nathan Haycraft, Kyle Roose and Ryan Lettsome representing the BVI.

Racing got underway on Monday with the Team Racing Competition taking place on Thursday.  Conditions were varied but generally lighter winds than expected combined with big seas made for some challenging racing. 

Finishing just outside the top 10 in eleventh was Rayne Duff.  Sailing a consistent series, Duff started the final day in 9th position but a 26th place in the final race pushed him just out of the top spots by three points.

The only sailor to post a first place result during the week was Nathan Haycraft which he backed up with three other top 4 finishes.  Unfortunately a starting penalty in the penultimate race saw Haycraft's hopes for a top ten finish slip away and he ended the regatta in 18th position.

After an exceptional result in the practice race session, Kyle Roose was not able to find his top form and suffered heavily from three starting penalties of which he could only discard one.

Competing for the first time at this level of competition, Lettsome was the second youngest competitor at the event and clocked up some great big fleet racing experience.

In the Team Racing competition all four sailors raced together for the national title.  A first flight defeat to Canada was followed up by victory against the USA before the team were eventually dispatched by Bermuda so just missed the final stages.

Overall Results
11th Rayne Duff
18th Nathan Haycraft
129th Ryan Lettsome
132nd Kyle Roose

The event website is here - and there are lots of great photos of the team in action on our Facebook page.
Kyle Roose
Kyle Roose
© Matias Capizzano
Ryan Lettsome
Ryan Lettsome
© Matias Capizzano
Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020

The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020 have been published by World Sailing.

You can see the new rules, effective 1 January 2017 here -
Max Reshetiloff
Team BVI Sailors in the news...

Optimist race team member Max Reshetiloff has returned from racing at the Sandy MacVickar Junior Regatta in Annapolis, USA earlier this month.

Reshetiloff represented the BVI and was the only non-American competitor in the 77-boat fleet.  Conditions were light throughout with the race committee only able to get five races away.  With a best finish of 8th place, Reshtiloff finished in twelfth place in the red fleet and 23rd overall.
Mid-Year Membership Offer
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Coming Up...
17-18 September:  Back to School Regatta
15 October:  Willy T Virgin's Cup
19 November:  Budget Marine Round Tortola Race
17 December:  Commodore's Cup
2017 BVI Dinghy Championships
Save The Date!
The 2017 BVI Dinghy Championships will take place on
19 to 21 May.
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