Youth of Today

Youth of Today

With the creation of the National Sailing Centre in 2005, The Cayman Islands has become one of the most attractive small boat sail training and racing destinations in the Caribbean.  A well funded development program sees thousands of kids learning to sail every school year (check out how they run a national school sailing championship here, which was featured in Sailing Anarchy last fall) in new, fully equipped sailing centre seconds from the warm Caribbean Sea.

Now the Cayman Island Sailing Club is hosting the 2010 North American and Caribbean Youth Olympic Games Qualifying Regatta as part of its inaugural Race Cayman from March 10-15.  To learn more about the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore this August, check out this. Thirty sailors from thirteen countries including Canada, Bermuda, Guatemala, Venezuela, Jamaica, and Cuba have already registered for the Cayman qualifier.   Even if you don’t meet the 15 or 16 age requirements, the regatta is also an open event as the Byte North Americans and a J/22 regatta with charter boats still available. 

Attending this regatta will be a perfect family vacation.  There are direct flights from many US cities, a wide variety of hotels close by, the water is warm, and there’s plenty of wind.  The regatta organizers are making this a perfect spring break vacation.  There’s plenty of other waterfront activities on Grand Cayman, including a great kiteboarding facility on the East End.  There is some of the best scuba diving on the world in and around Grand Cayman as well.  When was the last time you went to a regatta and also got to swim with stingrays?

Currently, there are no entrants from the US for the Youth Olympic Games qualifier.  Cuba is attending, but the US isn’t.  Go figure.   A country can only qualify two entrants for the Youth Olympic Games.  There are two classes for the Youth Olympic Games, windsurfers and Bytes, with a male and female division in each.  If the US qualifies in both windsurfer classes, those two sailors will go on to the Youth Olympic Games.  There is also a provision to have a country be granted additional entries should other ISAF regions not fill their quotas.  It is too early to tell how all the qualifications will play out, but one thing is a given, this is going to be a great event for young sailors no matter how they place.  The US should be represented at this event.

For full information on the Cayman Island Youth Olympic Games ISAF Regional Qualifer Check out www.sailing.ky or www.bytechamps.org for more information about Race Cayman and the North American and Caribbean Youth Olympic Games Qualifier. Or call Mike Weber, the Sailing Director at the Cayman Island Sailing Club
Tel: 345.947.7913   Mobile: 345.926.7913 Facebook page here. – Peter Huston.