Thirteen countries were represented at the North America and Caribbean Qualifying Regatta for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. The top four male and female countries qualified for the Youth Olympic Games to be held in Singapore this summer. In the boys division, Ian Barrows from the USVI dominated the sixteen- race event followed by the Netherlands Antilles, Bermuda and Cuba. In the girls division, Sarah Douglas from Canada topped the racing for the United Sates, with Cuba and the Dominican Republic rounding out the qualifying spots. Jamaican sweetheart Marina Maffessanti placed second in the female division but unfortunately is a few months too old to qualify for the Youth Olympics.
The regatta was part of Race Cayman 2010, the first major international sailing event for the flourishing sailing scene in the Cayman Islands which also saw eleven J/22s competing on idyllic North Sound. With five days of 10-20 knots of breeze and sunshine the Cayman Islands confirmed that it is one of the best small boat racing locations in the Caribbean. For more photos check out the Race Cayman Facebook page. For results and more info visit the Byte class page. Photo of Ian Barrows courtesy Gary White infocus photos ltd www.infocusphotosltd.com
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