Tuesday, 8 April 2014


Click HERE for the full report, including results, and more photos.
Click HERE for the RESULTS.

The 24th Annual Homer Lowe Regatta was held in Marsh Harbour this past weekend, for Sunfish and Optis. Sailors came from Great Guana Cay, Grand Bahama, Cherokee, Marsh Harbour, and Man-O-War Cay, in addition to the Hope Town Sailing Team.

Representing Hope Town in the Sunfish Class of 12 boats: Richard Cook, Andrew Wilhoyte, Colin Buffin, and Jeff Gale.

Junior Sailors from Hope Town (including our Cherokee Juniors) in the Opti Class of 19 boats: Yvinski Alcime, Ethan Lowe, Malie Sweeting, Alexis Cook, Branden Sands, Joey Gale, Robin Jentil, Bessie Lowe, Chloe Sweeting, Andrew Joseph, and Rachel Sands.

On Saturday, the wind was light and fluky, and everyone got a little wet from passing showers. However, all four scheduled races were held, thanks to a lot of quick work by the Race Committee, who had to move the marks to follow the shifting wind direction. However, no one could have predicted the massive 45 degree wind shift in the middle of the fourth race, which trapped some unlucky sailors well to leeward of the mark!

Sunday's two races were sailed in steadier winds, much to the relief of everyone! After putting away the boats, sailors gathered at Snappa's for lunch and Awards.
Winner of the Homer Lowe Sunfish Trophy (for the third time straight!) was Andrew Wilhoyte. Presenting the trophy to him was Ethan Lowe, great-grandson of Homer Lowe, who sailed in the Opti Class in his first-ever regatta.

Second place in Sunfish was Regatta Organizer Jim Kaighin, and third Duane Wallis - both from Marsh Harbour. A close fourth was Jeff Gale. Colin Buffin took 6th place, and Richard Cook 9th.

Winner of the Opti Trophy was Branden Sands, with Joey Gale in second. They were often within a boat-length of each other, working for the slightest advantage. So pre-occupied with covering each other, they let Chloe Sweeting slip through for a win in one of the races! Chloe took third place overall, and Rachel Sands took fourth, almost beating her brother in the last race.

Robin Jentil received special mention during the Awards for a great act of sportsmanship which the Race Committee witnessed - helping to coach a struggling first-time racer over the finish line.

The Race Committee promises a blow-out event for the Silver Jubilee (25th) Homer Lowe Regatta. Hopefully the Hope Town Sailing Team will again be well-represented!

Big thanks to the Race Committee!

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