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Cayman J-22 Invitational Regatta

The Cayman Island Sailing Club ( hosted the Race Cayman 2011 J-22 Invitational Regatta. There were 9 boats with representatives from Cayman, Bermuda, England, USA, and of course the Bahamas. There were two Bahamian teams led by Jimmie Lowe and Craig Symonette. Jimmie was assisted by Lori and Ferdi in the cockpit and myself on foredeck. Craig had the help of Cameron and Justin, and a late comer of Jane Moon joining the boat due to a underweight math error! Overall I believe we were third and Craig was fifth. I will post the results when I get them.

We arrived on Wednesday via British Airways direct to Cayman. Thursday we got ready with the help of Ben whose boat we had drawn to use. We headed out for a practice race with a couple other boats and got warmed up. We had practiced in very little wind compared to the 20-25 knots we would experience throughout the week. Friday, Saturday and Sunday we had three back to back races starting at 12, in by around 3pm. The nightly activities included a commodore’s party at Jane and Andrew Moon’s beautiful beachfront house, several visits to Sunset House, a great St. Patty’s day party (thrown on Saturday!) at the CISC, and of course the presentation at Casanova’s on Sunday night.

Yes, we did broach the boat a few times and win the COTD (clown of the day) award! We wore our yellow shirts with pride on Saturday!

There were more funny stories had in this weekend than I think I’ve seen in a long time! From Hammerheads (Oklahoma) to Jimmie losing his pants, to Big Daddy turning Irish, to Andrew needing stitches! We met several interesting people from around the world including a friend of Jimmie’s from Nassau who collects panties and marbles, and makes black coral jewelry. The worst part about Cayman is the @#*#ing roosters that make noise all night. I chased one half way down the street at 5am one morning. If you want more details on these (and more) stories you’ll have to buy one of us a drink, as I can’t post all the details here!

Anyways, here are the photos below, and there’s some links to youtube videos by one of the American’s I believe.

J22 Bahamian Cayman Team

2011 J-22 Cayman YouTube Videos

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