Youth highlighted in regatta

| 17/02/2009

(CNS): One of the highlights of the third KPMG International J/22 Invitational Regatta later this month will be the focus on youth sailing and this starts off with the KPMG Youth Sailing Day on Wednesday 18 February at the Cayman Islands Sailing Club. This is the third time that a local school has been invited to take part in the event and this year 20 students from North Side Primary will enjoy a day of sailing and nautical activity thanks to KPMG and Cayman Islands Sailing Club.

A release from CISC says the youngsters will experience dinghy sailing with instruction by the Club’s Director of Sailing Mike Weber and Coach Jenna Pickering. In addition, lunch and drinks are provided and each participant will receive a KPMG Regatta t-shirt.

The focus on Cayman’s young sailors continues through the Regatta events, which take place 26 February to 2 March, when the Cayman Islands Sailing Club’s youth team will be competing alongside Cayman’s top J/22 teams and visiting crews from USA, UK, Bahamas, Bermuda and Jamaica. The 4 person youth J/22 team comprises some of Cayman’s most experienced and talented young sailors: Marina Maffessanti (helm), Chris Delaney, Alex Walton and Oliver Fogarty. They are looking forward to giving the other teams some very close competition.

KPMG is the title sponsor of the Regatta and Youth Day. Other sponsors and suppliers of goods and services to the regatta include Kirk Freeport, Harbour House Marina, Caribbean Marine Services, Tortuga Rums, Flowers Bottled Water, Champion House Catering, Mainstay Sailing, Subway West Shore & Industrial Park, English Bakery, Cost-U-Less, Infocus Photos Ltd, Cayman Islands Sailing Club and the local J/22 boat owners.

The regatta features a number of social events which are open to members and non-members and this year includes an art exhibition “Colours of Cayman” of works by local artists Avril Ward and Dora Williams. Part proceeds of any art sales will go to CISC sailing programmes.

For further information about the event or the CISC, contact Club Manager, Rick Caley on 947 7913 or at

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