Hopefuls go into final day of the Caribbean Dinghy Championship
Going into the final day of the Caribbean Dinghy Championship at Falmouth Harbour Antigua there are three races to run this morning out of a total of 15.
Top of the leaderboard in the Optimist fleet is Antigua’s Ozani Lafon, aged 15, after 12 races. Asked of his hopes for winning today he grins and says “hopefully!” But not far behind is some strong competition. Patrick Greensmith, aged 11, is out to catch him. “I’ve just got to focus”, he says. Kayman Floyd from St Kitts & Nevis, aged 10 is in third place with all to play for too. “I’m going to have to give Ozani some bad air!” he says.
Luke Frankland together with his crew Graham Chin has got his work cut out to try to narrow the lead of Mauriecson Valentine and crew Nahio in the RS Feva class. The ultimate winner will also be crowed Caribbean Regional RS Feva Champion. Luke and Graham, from Trinidad explains “This is our first time in an RS Feva. We qualified back home through the 420 and it’s great to be here. We feel like pioneers for the RS Feva class.”
Also getting used to some different sailing is Isiah Alexis. Isiah, aged 17 and from Trinidad, is sailing a Laser Standard for the first time. “this is quite different from the Radial, where I have come from,” he says. “I need to be stronger and quicker.” He adds “The conditions are different here too, more shifty, and wind speeds changing all the time.” Alexis is lying in fourth place behind Frits Bus of St Maarten, Rhone Kirby of Antigua and Jules Michell who leads, just three points ahead.
The Laser Radial class is the fourth to be taking part, with Daniel Smit currently at the top of the leaderboard.
Clare Cupples and her Antigua Yacht Club team including Helen and Ian Brayley and Steve Spanis, will be setting their courses for the final time in Falmouth Harbour today before the presentation of the coveted Nations Cup to the overall winner.
Results Day 1
Results Day 2