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BUDGET MARINE OPTIMIST & LASER OPEN 2022
Monday 4th April 2022

Budget Marine Laser and Optimist national championships sailed out of the Antigua Yacht Club this past weekend brought together the “Creme de La creme” of Antigua’s best young sailors, According to Karl James, two time Olympian and director of youth sailing at the Antigua Yacht Club. “after the last 2 years of no National Championship because of Covid, Everyone who was keen to become the next National Laser champion of Antigua raced and the level of talent and competition was among the best I’ve ever seen competing for the title.

All the best Laser sailors were out racing. If you made one mistake on any particular race, you finished in the back of the fleet.” The winner was repeating champion Daniel Smit who Mr. James credited with “sailing smart and consistent”

Conditions were excellent. On Saturday shifty winds were gusting up to 18 out of the east and then on Sunday winds were again gusty but out of the south, an unusual wind direction for this time of year. Both days made for challenging sailing, particularly Sunday, because “ none of the racers had local knowledge. They really had to ‘keep their heads out of the boat’ to do well”.

Emily Gaillard was the winner of the 2022 Antigua National Optimist Champion title and was also the only girl racing in the optimist fleet. Emily along with 3 other “Opti” sailors who competed over the weekend will be going to the Optimist World Championships this summer in Turkey. Special thanks goes to Barbies and the Club House at the Antigua Yacht Club for making delicious lunches for the racers and to Sponsor Budget Marine.

List of the winners:

Laser results

  • 1s tDaniel Smit
  • 2nd Rhone Kirby
  • 3rd jules Mitchell


Optimist

  • 1st Emily Gaillard
  • 2nd Patrick Greensmith
  • 3rd Tyden Jones


Optimist Intermediate

  1. 1st Michael Groy
  2. 2nd Imani John-Polanco
  3. 3rd Matthew Leslie

by Ed Gifford


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