An Optimist Sailing selected video:
The biggest ever dinghy championship regatta in St. Lucia with 48 Optimist and Laser sailors all between ages 9-18. It was an awesome sight to see 48 white sails on the horizon in Rodney Bay and a wonderful success for regatta organizers and St. Lucian Sailors. The St. Lucia Yacht Club, host of the National Championships, has the only Youth Sailing Programme on the island from which St. Lucian children can gain the unique experience, knowledge and skills of dinghy sailing from great coaches in a well structured, child friendly programme. The 2012 National Dinghies Championships had 48 entries in 5 classes of sail. Our 15 sailors sailed extremely well in perfect conditions and their results show it. In the Optimist Green Fleet, from which beginner sailors get their first taste of competition, Daniela Chavez and Loick Mouyon competed on their own small course in front of the St. Lucia Yacht Club. Daniela took home her first trophy for her success in this class. Malo Desriviere of Martinique was the overall winner in the Optimist Benjamin Class for competitors 11 and under, with Guillaume Chevrier finishing 6th overall and the first St. Lucian national and winner of the Ted Bull Benjamin Optimist Champion Trophy. In the Optimist (over 11) Class, sailing for St. Lucia were Luc Chevrier, Konstantin Tonkopi, Richard Beausoliel, Chrisanki Modeste and Adoni Prospere. The overall winner of this class was Jimmy Marchand of Martinique with Luc Chevrier in 6 place overall taking home the National Optimist Champion trophy sponsored by Mr. Jonathan Everett. Both laser classes of racing were dominated by St. Lucian sailors and their exceptional performance reflects a proud determination, strong effort and the great skill of our young sailors all who are products of the SLYC Youth Sailing Programme. In the Laser 4.7 Class, St. Lucian sailors took the top 4 positions overall: Stephanie Devaux-Lovell (16) raced extremely well and finished a strong first capturing the overall champion trophy as well as the National Champion Trophy sponsored by IGY Marina, Marcus Sweeney (16) finished a close 2nd, Scott Anthony (18) 3rd, Marc Spurway (15) 4th. Cameron Lumkong (14) and Kevin Joseph finished 9th and 10th respectively. In the Laser Radial Class Stephanie Devaux-Lovell again powered her way through 7 races and was 2nd to Martinique’s Bruno Algae by only 2 points. She took home the National Champion Trophy for this class which was sponsored by Mr. Chris Renwick. St. Lucia’s Marc Spurway, Marcus Sweeney and Scott Anthony took 3rd, 4th, 5th position respectively and Dylan Charles, 8th overall.
The regatta director and Administrator of the Youth Sailing Programme at the Club, Lily Bergasse, was extremely pleased with St. Lucia’s young sailors and the overall success of this, the first, National Championship Regatta of this size. Thanks must go to all the volunteers who helped to make the regatta a success; to the St. Lucia Yacht Club for hosting the event and to primary regatta sponsors: IGY Marina, Island Water World, and Johnson’s Marine Centre. The regatta committee and sailors were very grateful to have additional sponsorship from Duboulay’s Bottling Co., Ferand’s Dairy, Lumnat Distributor Ltd., Paradise Springs. The Regatta Director gives special thanks to the St. Lucia Marine Police and St. Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority who were on the water throughout the weekend to ensure the success and safety of the event in Rodney Bay. For more information about dinghy sailing and the youth programme contact the St. Lucia Yacht Club, 452-8350.