Record-breaking National Championships attracts almost 70 participants!
Click here for all the results of the biggest Optimist & Laser regatta in the history of the St Lucia Youth Program.
St Lucia National Dinghy Championships slated for June 7-9 at the St Lucia Yacht Club.
The SLYC Youth Program Laser and Opti Sailors will compete in the National Championships over two days in June. The original dates for the fixture were changed to accommodate competitors requirements for exams, and the regatta is expected to see a strong showing from Martinique, with interest from Barbados and Trinidad to be confirmed. The Youth Program is investing in a number of new Lasers and Optis which are expected to arrive in time for the competition, and training is underway in all classes as the sailors prepare for their biggest regatta of the year.
The Notice of Race is available by clicking the following link:
St Lucia Youth Sailors dominate J24 racing in Bequia!
See full report at link below.
Developmental Regatta planned for last Saturday of Sailing Program
Up to 41 young sailors will participate on March 23rd in a Developmental Regatta designed to test their skills and progress during the spring term. Many new students will compete in Optimists for the first time, alongside seasoned racers in Laser 4.7 and Radial will be taking the opportunity to judge their own preparation for St Lucia Nationals in June. A full day of racing will be followed by a Beach Bonfire & Barbecue, as the Youth Program celebrates the end of term, and prepares for the Easter weekend.
Look out for more information on the Developmental Regatta soon!
St Lucia Youth Sailing Team visits Martinique for the 23rd Semaine Nautique de Schoelcher
Four days of racing, great conditions and stiff competition from Martinique, Guadeloupe, France, Canada, Trinidad made for a great event, and our sailors worked hard for every result. Congratulations to Stephanie Devaux-Lovell who came overall 4th (and 1st Girl) in the tough Laser Radial class. Check the Schoelcher Gallery for more images of the action.
Full Results courtesy of FF Voile, Guadeloupe are at http://www.lgvoile.com/images/documents/2_competitions/05_competitions_de_reference/sns/sns_rond_b_deriveur_g.htm#GRP_3
New ‘Sail in 8′ Beginners Course starts Jan 19th – sign up for Opti & Laser classes.
Youth sailors start off 2013 with adrenaline rush onboard ‘True North’
‘Awesome’ is one of the most overused adjective in any teenager’s vocabulary, but after sailing on the 70m racing yacht ‘True North’ on Jan 6th, members of the St Lucia Yacht Club Youth Sailing Program declared it was the only word to describe the experience. A team of young sailors from the IGY-sponsored programme participated in a 2 hour sail on Sunday morning and the trip was referred to as “unbelievable’ by one of the young sailors from the Gros Islet area.
Over the course of two days, Captain Alistair Moore and crew of the Volvo Open 70, which is travelling the world as part of Dubai’s promotional campaign to host World Expo 2020, treated three groups of 20 passengers to an unforgettable sail in the Martinique channel, and the buzz around the yachting community in Rodney Bay and online was frenetic. The US$5 million dollar boat hit speeds ranging from 17 to 28 knots, which in sailing terms is equivalent to 33 miles per hour (or warp speed to the uninitiated!), and some lucky passengers even took a turn at ‘driving’ in up to 4m waves.
January 2013 – International Youth Worlds confirmed for July
Happy New Year to all our youth sailors, who are resolutely focused on reaching the high standards required to compete regionally and at the world level. In July, Opti Worlds will take place in Italy while Lasers will compete in Cyprus, and our sailors will be keeping their eyes on the prize of competing for their country. Click below for all the race info:
December 2012 – Christmas Camp and fun with ARC
After hosting the kids from ARC on the SLYC J24s for a day of Sailing on Sunday 16th, Laser Camp started on Monday and our top racers worked hard all week training in skills & fitness. Optis Camp on Friday and Saturday 21st & 22nd will end with a Bonfire & Barbecue on the beach to celebrate the end of term with Coach Nicky, sailors and parents all invited.
December 2012 – St Lucia Laser Champ Steph skippers winning J24 in Mango Bowl Regatta
Congratulations to Stephanie Devaux-Lovell whose latest triumph was to captain the all-girl team on ‘Blonde Attitude’ in the inaugural Mango Bowl Regatta J24 Class on Dec 1 & 2. Excellent job, and all your team mates at the Youth Sailing Program are proud of you!
December 2012 – Sailing Camps for Optis & Lasers
A reminder that Nicky will be coaching a training camp for Lasers from December 17-20 and Optis from December 21-23.
4 Opti sailors will be joining us from Martinique and 1 Laser from Barbados. Cost is $60/day for members. First come first served in lasers since, we have limited boats available. This camp is for experienced sailors who wish to receive race training and it is expected that all sailors wishing to compete in Martinique at the 2013 Schoelcher Regatta in February will use this camp to show their commitment to training and participation in the Schoelcher regatta.
A reminder also that on Saturday December 15 ALL sailors should come out for the last day of fun events for Term 1.
November 2012 – St Lucia Youth Sailors to crew two boats in Inaugural Regatta.
After a busy October start to the training season, St. Lucia’s Youth Sailors turned their attentions to training for the IGY / First Citizens Mango Bowl Regatta J-24 Class Races. Youth Sailor Coach Nicky Souter is training with an all female team aboard Awakening, including St Lucia Youth Champion 17 year old Stephanie Devaux-Lovell and 2012 Olympian Beth Lygoe, while Dylan Charles, Marc Spurway and Scott Anthony will compete on the Grayling. All the young sailors have participated in IGY’s weekly J-24 Racing at Rodney Bay Marina for the past 6 months, but admit that training for the regatta will be a challenge, requiring them to up their game and forge a strong team strategy before the big weekend of Dec 1st & 2nd. Many of the sailors have crewed at regattas in Bequia, Antigua and Grenada, but a great performance in Rodney Bay will be the goal of training on the countdown to December 1st.
October 2012 – Youth Program Looking for a Few Good Sailors
St Lucia Youth Sailing Program kicked into action in October, on arrival of new Coach Nicki Souter. Nicki is an Australian champion sailor, whose task will be to train the beginner, intermediate and racer level dinghy sailors at the St Lucia Yacht Club-based Youth Program. Summer 2012 saw more international level competition for local youth sailors, with Luc Chevrier representing St Lucia in the ISAF Optimist Youth World Championships in the Dominican Republic, while Stephanie Devaux-Lovell and Marcus Sweeney flew with flag in Dublin, Ireland at the ISAF Laser Youth Worlds.
The Youth Sailing Program has grown over the past five years, and developed young sailors to world-level. Support from the St Lucia Yacht Club, IGY Rodney Bay Marina and other local sponsors have helped provide the programme with a safe and supportive home, recruit experienced coaches, maintain and purchase equipment and grow the sport of sailing in St Lucia to an impressive world class level. Teams represent in Caribbean regattas throughout the sailing calendar, including Schoelcher in Martinique and the Bequia Easter Regatta, then qualifying individuals compete during the summer months in as far flung locations as Singapore and Croatia.