Amongst the dozens of young sailors heading out to the start line in Falmouth Harbour this morning is the as yet unknown next Caribbean Dinghy Champion. By Sunday she or he will have triumphed over some of the region’s most promising sailors in one of the RS Feva, Laser, Laser Radial or Optimist classes.
Confidence is running high: Adrian Coppelman, aged 9 and from St Maarten started sailing Oppies a year ago. He’s already won the Sportsmanship Award in Anguilla. “I’m going to do as well as I can,” he says modestly. “My biggest rival is Emma (Lennox), so I hope to beat her.” Others are playing their cards close to their chests. Summer Jean Morton and Sahil Khatnani, also from St Maarten, are sailing an RS Feva. The CDC is also their Caribbean Regional RS Feva Championship, so the stakes are high. “We are hoping for a good result,” says Summer, “but we’ve got some competition so it’s going to be tough. Asked about her strategy for handling the courses in Falmouth Harbour she hesitates “Well we aren’t giving anything away!”
Also keeping mum about his plan is Rhone Kirby . The young Antiguan is racing a Laser. “Well, my secret for success is a secret!” he laughs. “But I’m confident of success or at least doing reasonably well.”
A maximum of 15 races over the next three days will run, finishing Sunday. We’ll keep you up to speed with daily results.