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Banks Esperanza early contenders

Banks Esperanza early contenders
Skipper Ian Mayers and the crew of Esperanza in Carlisle Bay last weekend.

Skipper Ian Mayers and the crew of Esperanza in Carlisle Bay last weekend.

Banks Esperanza positioned themselves among the early contenders for the J24 national sailing championship when they won the 2013 CGI Regatta in Carlisle Bay last weekend.

The Esperanza crew, skippered by Ian Mayers, were in outstanding form in the ocean-racing event as they dominated the second day of the two-day regatta last Sunday.

Following a second and two fourth-place finishes on the Saturday, Esperanza enjoyed the conditions on the final day while registering victories in Race No.4 and Race No.6.

Sailors contested the second regatta of the J24 Club season in conditions that featured medium to high winds, ranging between 14 and 16 knots, with a strong current from the south.

Second in the CGI Regatta were Glory Daze, skippered by Gus Reader,†and third, Sumtin’s Happnin, skippered by Paul Johnson. Fully Covered, skippered†by Bruce Bailey, was fourth.

Highly favoured HawkEye, last year’s winners of the CGI regatta, were unable to†sucessfully defend their title but are still among the front-runners in the Jaguar/Land Rover series of six regattas to determine the national† champions of† J24 racing on the island.

HawkEye won the season opening Taylors Cycle Centre regatta in January and lead the contenders in the Jaguar/Land Rover series with four points, while†Esperanza are second on five points.

Last weekend’s regatta in Carlisle Bay severed as warm-up for Barbadian sailors taking part in the annual Bequia Regatta on March 28 where FadeAway, captained by Charlie Gloumeau, will be defending the Southern Caribbean championship.

Five Barbadian yachts are entered for the Easter event and local competition will be suspended until May when the three-day Mount Gay Regatta will be staged from May 17-19.

The Mount Gay regatta will be the third event in the Jaguar/Land Rover series of† regattas and other events in the series are† the Lucky HorseShoe regatta (June 8 & 9); the First Citizens regatta †(June 22 &23) and the† Harris Paints regatta (July 6 &7).

Commenting on the second year of the staging of the Jaguar/Land Rover series, President of the J24 Club of Barbados, Greg Webster said such organised events will help to further develop the sport of sailing on the island.

“Support funding and events† of this nature also allows the J24 Club to promote Barbados† as a sailing destination and helps to train and develop our youth sailors for international† competition,” he said. (BB)

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