The Royal BVI Yacht Club’s Sailing team, showed up in force at Cowpet Bay to challenge the sailors from St. Thomas Yacht Club at this year’s MLK Jr. Day Regatta. Representing the BVI this time around were an impressive group composed almost entirely of BVI locals. This heavy local involvement, is a direct result of the programs at the Royal BVI Yacht Club to train sailors here in the art of competitive sailing, providing lifelong sport for these currently young kids.
In the Laser Class, BVI Islanders Matthew Oliver and also Mollee Donovan sailed the 4.7m vessel, finishing third and first, respectively.
Mollee had a superb regatta, finishing in first place in nearly every single race. Jonathan Woods raced in the Radial Rig (medium size Laser sail) finishing in third place .
In the Optimist Class, small racing boats for children 8-15 years old, sailors all start on the same starting line but are scored according to age division. Team BVI was represented by sailors in the Green (beginner) , White (9-10) and Blue (11-12) Fleets .
In Blue, Sam Morrell placed second and third overall; in the White fleet Rayne Duff placed first, sixth overall; and also racing in White but not placing this regatta were Thad Lettsome and Sam Childs.
All the young sailors performed really well this weekend. showing that their training with our resident coach Omari Scott has really paid off.