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Antigua Sailing Week - Youth to Keelboat

 
Thirteen young sailors are competing in just about every class at Antigua Sailing Week, thanks to the Youth to Keelboat Programme programme.

Global Bank of Commerce Day at Antigua Sailing Week is all about supporting aspiring youth sailors.

The Youth to Keelboat Programme (Y2K) was launched in January 2018 by the Antigua & Barbuda Sailing Association (ABSA) in conjunction with Antigua Sailing Week. The programme is aimed at giving youths aged 16-25 years keelboat experience during Antigua Sailing Week.

Leading CSA 7 with a string of four bullets is the National Sailing Academy's Cork 1720 Spirit, skippered by Jules Mitchell. Only a shredded spinnaker in Race 5 has dented their perfect scoreline.

The teenage team are all from Antigua and have grown up together and that camaraderie and natural understanding shines through, which is truly inspirational.

Cork 1720 Spirit - Click image for a larger image

Three of the team have already competed at the Sailing Youth Worlds. Jules Mitchell now aspires to represent Antigua & Barbuda in the Laser and Rocco Falcone and Louis Bavay have aspirations in the 29er.

The Grieg City Academy from the North London comprehensive school have a team at Antigua Sailing Week that are just 14-17 years of age.

Having never sailed in Antigua or in a Cork 1720 and have taken time to get to grips with the complexities and heat. However, today the young team scored a third place and took a bow on the stage at the daily prize giving.

Day Three of Antigua Sailing Week was blessed with heaven-sent conditions. Race 5 marked the halfway point in the scheduled ten race regatta and leaders are emerging in all of the 13 classes.

Peter Harrison's superyacht Sojana remains unbeaten in CSA 2, as does Jonty Layfield's Swan 48 Sleeper X in CSA 5.

In CSA 1, the turbo-charged American Volvo 70 Warrior, sailed by Stephen Murray Jr. revelled in the big conditions on the Windward Beach course, romping through the surf to score two race wins to open up a five point lead on Stefan Jentzsch's German Carkeek 47 Black Pearl. Brian McMaster's Australian Cookson 50 Riff Raff is third.

Carlo Falcone's Antiguan flagged Caccia Alla Volpe - Click image for a larger image

In CSA Three, OnDeck's Farr 65 Spirit of Juno skippered by Arran Chapman has opened up a commanding lead, but the day belonged to Juan Grunwaldt's Bavaria 56 Caliope, winning both of today's races. The team are all from Uruguay, proudly racing for the Yacht Club Uruguayo.

Bernie Evan-Wong's Antiguan RP37 TAZ really got their mojo going, scoring two race wins to take the lead in CSA Four.

An intense battle has developed in CSA 6. Frank Loubaresse's French Sunfast 3600 TwinL Jaws 2 is leading with a consistent set of results.

It is tight at the top of the class with victories today for Carlo Falcone's Antiguan flagged Caccia Alla Volpe and Peter McWhinnie's American JPK 10.80. Just 3.5 points separate these top three.

Full results available here

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