SPENCER CARTWRIGHT WINS THE GOLD FLEET OPTIMIST FALL REGATTA WHILE DONNY MARTINBOROUGH WINS THE TERRY McCOY MEMORIAL SUNFISH REGATTA
This weekend saw nearly perfect conditions - a steady breeze of 8 to 12 knots from the northeast – for the sailing of both the Optimist’s Fall Regatta as well as the Terry McCoy Memorial Sunfish Regatta.
The Optimist event, for juniors between the ages of 7 and 15, had 9 Gold Fleet (Advanced), 11 Silver Fleet (Intermediate) and 6 Green Fleet (Beginner) competitors from both Nassau and Abaco who sailed seven races over the two days.
By holding the Terry McCoy event on Sunday only, the advanced juniors were able to participate in the Sunfish event also. To quote Coach Dunkley,” It is impressive to see how well our youngsters are sailing these days. Our two top juniors from the Optimist class (Paul deSouza and Spencer Cartwright who represented the Bahamas at the Optimist World Championships in the Dominican Republic this year) performed extremely well against top senior sailors Donny Martinborough (three time World champion in the Sunfish Class), Craig Symonette, Peter Bruce Wassitsch and others.” Dunkley was extremely pleased with Paul winning two out of five races sailed.
Spencer Cartwright continued his dominance in the Optimist dinghy by winning all six of the races he sailed in the series – basically repeating his performance at the Bahamas Optimist National Championship last month which saw 89 boats compete. Joey Gale from Abaco won in the Silver Fleet and Shadiya Adderley of Nassau won in the Green Fleet.
In the Sunfish fleet, the overall winner wasn’t determined until the very last race- that’s how close the rankings were. Although any one of four sailors could have taken it – Donny Martinborough, Peter Bruce Wassitsch, Lee McCoy or Paul de Souza- it was Donny in the end, the one with the most experience.
These events are always fun and we are pleased to say through the support of our many sponsors such as Rotary East Nassau, Cables Bahamas/Cable Cares, KPMG, Odyssey, Bahamas Hot Mix, Royal Bank of Canada, Ministry of Sports , Ministry of tourism and many individuals , our sailing programs are healthy and continue to grow. Thank you to all who helped – we’ll see you at the next one!