Spencer Cartwright who is the current and 4 times National Champion in the Optimist Dinghy class has now won the Bahamas Junior Sunfish National Championship for his first time. Pushing hard and in the mix for top honors was Cochise Burrows. Such close racing made for a very suspenseful and exciting series. In the end Spencer beat Cochise by three points.
|Melisha Higgins and Katelyn Cambridge (Harbour Island) #3957 coming out of the start in race #1.|
|Cochise Burrows (#197) leading the race with Spencer Cartwright (#3941) right behind him.|
Sailors racing were ages 12 to 17, with an average age of 14. Almost all of them learnt to sail in the Optimist Dinghy class and have now been sailing a few years. As Coach Dunkley put it, “ It is impressive to see how well the youngsters from Harbour Island and Long Island are sailing. It is obvious their sailing schools and clubs do a tremendous job in teaching them. So while we congratulate the youngsters for their outstanding performance I would also like to congratulate the organizers and coaches in these communities – The Higgins family in Harbour Island, especially Melvin Higgins who coaches the kids a number of days each week and the Cartwright families, especially Zoe and Mellisa in Long Island, who do the same. It is always a pleasure to have them sailing here with us”.
|Daisy Tinkler receiving her Silver Place 1st place trophy.|
|Spencer Cartwright, Overall winner & Paloma Cartwright, Top Female with Donie Martinborough, Int’l Sunfish Class Representative.|
|All the sailors with Robert Dunkley and Donico Brown on left and Donnie Martinborough on right|