Boys to Men
The 7th Caribbean Laser Midwinter Regatta was held in Cabarete Dominican Republic this past weekend. The event was hosted by the Laser Training Center, run by the Andres santana of the Dominican Sailing Federation, and sponsored by Palmera de Cabarete a new luxury development in Cabarete.
Participants demonstrated the uniqueness of the sport of sailing, with the variety of age groups all competing in a one design class. The fleet featured some of today’s top sailors, older legends, and future superstars just off the Opti program.
The Great Grand Master Class of sailors included legends Dick Tillman and Peter Seidenberg. It was a great surprise to see this category won by newbie 70 year old Jan Salin of Sweden.
On the other age spectrum 7 sailors competed for the top honors, in the Laser 4.7, which was won by Eric Holbrun from the Dominican Republic.
Apprentice Master Category was won by Mike Matan GBR, Grand Master; Ken Brown CAN, Radial; Peter Seidenberg USA, Women; Judith Krimski USA. The over all Master groups were won by Olympic Bronze medalist Terry Neilson who donated his $1,000.00 prize money to the Dominican youth sailing program.
Second with a one point difference was another Laser celebrity Peter Vessella of the USA.
In the open category Nick Thompson of the United Kingdom took away $1,750.00 in cash, before Javier Hernandez of Spain, $1,250.00, and Brad Funk of the US, who went home with $1,000.00.
Like in many races around the world the best conditions were sailed in the 5 practice days before the event. – Ari Barshi