The 2018 BVI Dinghy Championships welcomed 20 competitors representing the BVI, St Thomas and Puerto Rico. Racing on 19 and 20 May Tanner Krygsveld from St Thomas Yacht Club was the overall Optimist winner with Paul Johnson taking the Laser 4.7 title.
Out on the championship course, sailors were treated to 20+ knots of wind and waves, peppered by squalls adding even more wind and rain to the mix. The skill of these sailors is so impressive, on days when most would decide to stay ashore, they were eager to get out there and thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of the conditions.
Tanner Krygsveld (STYC), last year’s white fleet winner, was a force to be reckoned with this weekend, finishing first in five of the 11 races. In second place, five points adrift on 26, was Andy Yu, also from St Thomas, with a consistent series including two race wins. Third overall and first in the red fleet was Winn Majette. The BVI’s Samuel Allen had a challening weekend, finishing in ninth place.
The Optimist Green fleet completed all but one of their 18 races in the inner marina, where (since Irma removed the docks and boats) there is an excellent arena for small boat racing providing a treat for spectators to watch the action right on their doorsteps..literally!
On Sunday morning, they bravely joined the championship fleet race course for their first race of the day. Congratulations to all the sailors for taking on the challenge, it was a major achievement for all of them to race in those conditions. Well done to Coby Fagan who finished in first place, Victoria Rowlette second and Matthew Grayson third. The fleet then returned to the inner marina for a further six races.
Overall it was Coby Fagan from St Thomas Yacht Club who dominated the fleet, finishing in first place in 13 of the races. Other race winners were Victoria Rowlette, second overall; Amanda Plaxton, third overall; Matthew Grayson, fourth overall.
Four Laser sailors, wisely selecting the 4.7 rig, took to the race course on Saturday with Paul Johnson coming away as the clear winner. Thank you to all the Laser sailors, Paul, Rory, Tom and Charlie, who provided great entertainment to the spectators, we look forward to regular Laser racing in the near future.
The trophies this year were handmade from recycled materials damaged by Hurricane Irma. Presented on Sunday at the Youth Sailing base in Nanny Cay the Opti and Laser replicas were made from a shutter from Government House and pieces of the Royal BVI Yacht Club deck.
Optimist Championship Fleet
1. Winn Majette – 38 pts (3rd overall)
2. Caroline Sibilly – 44 pts
3. Katherine Majette – 58 pts
1. Tanner Krygsveld – 21 pts (1st overall)
2. Andy Yu – 26 pts (2nd overall)
3. Alejo di Blasi – 55 pts
Opti Green Fleet
1. Coby Fagan
2. Victoria Rowlette
3. Amanda Plaxton
1. Paul Johnson
2. Rory Lynch
3. Tom Lilleyman
4. Charlie Peschardt
Full results are here