Virtual AGM and ROC Date Confirmed as 13th – 14th November, 2020

The Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) has confirmed dates for its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Organisers Conference (ROC) as November 13-14, 2020. Due to the impact of COVID-19 and restrictions on travel the event will be virtual and hosted via Zoom.

As part of the AGM there will be re-election of board members. A nominating committee headed up by Pam Fuller has been appointed and is interested in hearing from members who have an interest in serving on the board.

The slate of nominees along with the official notice of AGM will be issued by 12th October, 2020.

The Conference Planning Committee is interested in feedback from members about any areas of interest they would like to see included in the AGM or ROC and topics they would like to see discussed or presented.

President of the CSA Alison Sly-Adams comments, ‘This has been a very challenging year and will continue to be so. Many of us as regatta organizers and programme and club managers have found huge support in our regional network through regular Zoom calls since the COVID-19 crisis began. The AGM and Conference will be a great opportunity to regroup ahead of the season. Last week we held a call to focus on our communications plan to ensure we can assist potential participants in finding the information they need to plan to race at regattas. Our focus remains on how we will deliver a fabulous season of racing while working within the protocols and guidelines issued by our regional governments.’

To register for the conference please fill in the form here.

To contact the nominating committee please e-mail Pam Fuller pam@caribbean-sailing.com

To contact the conference committee please e-mail alison@caribbean-sailing.com

Antigua Sailing Week (ASW) Launches Friends of ASW Campaign

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to challenge countries around the world, Antigua and Barbuda are no exception. Currently, yachting stakeholders are cautiously optimistic about the potential for some return to normality as it pertains to yacht racing events for 2021. The Antigua Sailing Week team are working on the race formats and shoreside protocols to ensure the safety of everyone who will be involved in the event and are already receiving entries from around the world to attend the 6 day regatta during 24 – 30 April.

With the importance of the event to the national economy of Antigua and Barbuda and as the anchor at the end of the Caribbean season, the event creates vital revenues for the entire island which in turn facilitates businesses being able to support themselves over the long summer period. The cancellation of the 2020 event hit the organization, which is a not-for-profit, and the island hard. In order to assist in creating a safe and successful 2021 event the organisers are launching a ‘Friends of ASW’ programme.

Of the programme, president Alison Sly-Adams says: ‘Antigua Sailing Week was the first regatta of its type in the region and continues to today to create important economic activity for the island as well as destination marketing year round.

In 2019 we estimated the event injected EC$7.4m /US$2.7 m directly into the economy. Many local businesses as well as ASW were hit hard with the cancellation for 2020 as the world went into lockdown due to Covid-19 the financial burden was immediate. As an organization we acknowledge the responsibility of ensuring we can deliver an event for 2021 as the world battles to operate with Covid-19 protocols and restrictions in place.’ She went on to say, ‘ As we commit to delivering an excellent week of racing for our participants in 2021 we hope that our long term supporters will see the value in assisting the event and ensuring that the show can go on. We know that the international yacht racing season was massively impacted this year and that many sailors are anxious to get back to racing . We look forward to welcoming them back to an event for 2021 which will surpass all of their expectations and deliver safe interactions modified to adhere to local guidelines in place at the time.

Different levels of supporter are available from US$200 for individuals to US$2500 for corporates and donations of any size are very welcome. For full details and to show your support visit www.sailingweek.com/friendsofasw.

Change of Helm at the National Sailing Academy

The National Sailing Academy was founded 10 years ago by Elizabeth Jordan who has been President and General Manager of the non-profit organization since its inception. The NSA started its life at Antigua Yacht Club and, after its first three years of operation, its growth was such that it needed new premises and moved to Dockyard Drive, where it remains today.

Having managed the set-up, growth and development of the Academy along with her watersports team and fellow directors, Elizabeth is ‘stepping back’ from her position as General Manager but will remain President of the Organisation.   A new General Manager has been appointed by the board , Alison Sly-Adams, owner of Mainstay Caribbean Ltd. who is also President of Antigua Sailing Week (ASW) and will take over the role from October 1st, 2020.

Of the change Elizabeth says, “It is time to consider the next 10 years of the Academy. I have worked with Alison over a number of years in her role at ASW among others, and the ‘Youth to Keel’ programme at ASW further developed the synergies between ASW and the Academy. I am delighted that Alison will take over management of the Academy. Her business skills and enthusiasm will be vital to the Academy’s future and further development of its potential.

As part of the changes the NSA will become the new office base of Antigua Sailing Week. A separate office will have responsibility for the management of the NSA,  the secretariat of the Antigua and Barbuda Marine Association and the Caribbean Sailing Association, bringing key sailing and marine organisations together under one roof.

The Academy’s objective is to provide sailing for school children in Antigua free of charge as part of the National Curriculum and as part of that progression has a full complement of instructors who are all Antiguan, born and trained, led by Sylvester Thomas who runs the watersports operation.

A major addition to the Academy in 2014 was the introduction of the ‘Sailability’ programme for the differently abled children and adults of Antigua. This programme is led by Bob Bailey and his team who have previous experience of such programmes in the UK and is also free of charge to the participants. Together the programmes teach more than 150 youth and adults of all abilities to sail weekly.

Private lessons for groups and individuals and rental of dinghies, kayaks and stand up paddle boards are also available for anyone from 8 years to 80 years old. The funds generated with this programme are also used to support the free Schools and Sailability programmes.

For more information on the National Sailing Academy visit www.nationalsailingacademy.org

CSA Launches Survey to Assess Level of Interest in the 2021 Caribbean Racing Season

As yacht racing resumes in some form or other around the world, the Caribbean Region is cautiously optimistic about the 2021 season. Local club racing has begun on many islands. St. Thomas hosted an international regatta in June and the Royal B.V.I. Yacht Club has just announced the postponed edition of the Spring Regatta will take place in October 2020.

The regions organisers are excited to be planning modified events to ensure sailors who have been unable to enjoy a full summer racing programme in North America, the UK and Europe can start planning attendance at their favourite Caribbean Regattas.

The 5 Year International Calendar has been updated and confirms dates for Caribbean Regattas from 2021 to 2025. Regatta organisers have been in close contact through the last 4 months, working together to review protocols for re-opening sailing and discussing challenges for the upcoming year. With many expressions of interest and entries starting to come in each regatta team is working to determine how events can take place safely for participants, service providers, hospitality businesses and volunteers.

With that said it is clear that potential participants around the region and the world are all equally affected by Covid: whether personally; in their business; or ability and desire to travel.  To understand the challenges and interest, Caribbean Regatta Directors have collaborated on a survey designed to assess the level of interest of participants worldwide and regionally to race in Caribbean Regattas in the 2021 season.

The survey link is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CKB637L .

President of the Caribbean Sailing Association, Alison Sly-Adams says, ‘As plans gain ground for rallys and races bringing boats to the region: the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers; the RORC Transatlantic Race; the Caribbean 1500 and the Sawlty Dawg Rally, it is a good time to get a better understanding of our International participants plans. We are cognizant that the situation remains dynamic and that plans for competitors and events may need to change as the dates close nearer. We would like to get individual feedback  from boat owners, managers, charterers and crews now to assist in event development and understand their challenges’.

Despite the regional co-ordination of the calendar and the strong working relationship between regattas Sly-Adams stresses that potential participants interested in attending events, or wanting information about what to expect, should get in touch with the individual regatta organisers. “Each island is working with Health and Tourism Officials on their respective islands who will need to guide the process locally. There should be an expectation that there will be changes to the usual formats. Race formats, courses and of course the social side are all under review and depending on the island and the local situation the events may be adjusted compared to usual. One thing we can however guarantee is exciting racing in near perfect conditions and lots of sunshine!”

The 5 year International Regatta Calendar 2021-2025 is available here.

Bart’s Bash Regatta- St. Maarten Yacht Club News

The Sint Maarten Yacht Club welcomes sailors to sail in the 7th edition of Bart’s Bash!

Bart’s Bash is a global sailing event taking place at hundreds of venues, with thousands of sailors in different classes of boats around the world. Bart’s Bash is one of the Andrew Simpson Foundation’s (ASF) key charitable events.

This year we would like to raise funds for scholarships for three of the local kids that were enrolled in our Sailing Summer Camp (due to the general donations collected at our AGM). They would love to keep on sailing, but cannot do that without funding. A parent of one of the students commented after Summer Camp: “this has been life changing for him”.

We will need to raise $1920 to enroll these three kids in a year of lessons.

Sign up to race in Bart’s Bash or sign up to raise funds! There is no fee to enter the event (but if you would like to make a small donation that is appreciated!), register by clicking on the registration button on our website or beneath this email.

Contact Nils Jannichsen for the available boats: youthsailing@smyc.com

Possibilities for fundraising are getting your boat sponsored, baking cookies and selling them during the day or contact us with your own idea. We will also have a 50/50 raffle after prize giving.

All donations will go towards the sailing scholarships for these kids.

click here and let us know that you want to raise funds.

Time schedule:

Start of race not before 2pm

Prize giving at 5pm

50/50 Raffle 5:30pm

Bart’s Bash is open to Lasers, Laser Pico’s, RS Quests and Optimists.

For more information: Click here

A St. Thomian Representing the USA in the 2021 Olympics

USA Women’s 470 Contenders LTJG Barnes & Dallman-Weiss Set Sights on 2021 Olympics

Miami, FL (June 30, 2020). They named their 2020 Summer Olympic bid Perfect Vision Sailing as a play on 20/20 as the measure of ideal eyesight. While they aren’t changing the campaign’s name, the U.S. Coast Guard’s LTJG Nikole Barnes’ and Lara Dallman-Weiss’ are now focused on the 2021 Summer Olympics. This official announcement comes as helmsman Barnes, 2017 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy who is currently stationed at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami, received an extension to a previously granted two-year support billet from the maritime service to qualify and compete in the world’s leading sporting event. What’s more, crew Dallman-Weiss and Olympic coach, Robby Bisi, have also both secured the additional time and confirmed their dedication to qualifying as the Women’s 470 team to represent the USA at the 2020 Games.

“From the beginning, my command has supported me and they did not waiver when we were confronted with the challenge of the Olympics being postponed for a year. During the past two months that we have been away from on-the-water training, I have been working at my home unit Sector Miami on qualifications, standing COVID-19 watches, and working with my command to request an extension of my training billet. This is a huge risk where the consequences are that I could be passed over for promotion over the next year. With the support of my command and the hard work that I put in during this period, the U.S. Coast Guard has allowed me to extend my training until next summer so that I can compete with my team to qualify for Team USA, compete at the Olympics and stand on the highest part of the podium at the 2021 Summer Olympic Games. I can’t thank the U.S. Coast Guard enough for their faith, guidance and support of myself, my athletic endeavors and my professional career,” says Barnes, who earned a Bronze Medal in the 420 at the 2011 ISAF Youth Championships and in 2016 was named Quantum Sailor of the Year while a cadet at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Top 10 Results in 2020 Training Regatta

Barnes and Dallman-Weiss traveled to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in February, to practice, partake in a training regatta and ultimately compete in their final Olympic qualifier: the 2020 470 World Championships. They were able to tick the boxes on the first two of these, the second being the MSC Regatta held February 21-23, as a warmup for the Worlds. This regatta was run with the same race committee, PRO (Principal Race Officer), and on the same racecourse on which the Worlds would have been run. This three-day regatta offered a range of conditions in which the duo was able to test their skills. On the first day, they started in 18th place. The second day, they moved up to 14th place and by the third and final day they finished in 8th place, tied in points with 6th and 7th place teams. Barnes and Dallman-Weiss, with Bisi as coach, competed against 23 boats (including the 2016 Women’s 470 Gold Medalists), representing 14 nations and raced a total of 8 races.

Recall to U.S. & COVID-19 Lockdown

Three days before the start of the 2020 World Championships and with only three points separating the three U.S. teams, including Barnes and Dallman-Weiss, vying for the one U.S. Olympic slot in the Women’s 470, everything stopped. The Worlds were officially postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Spain soon closed its borders, and Barnes, Dallman-Weiss and Bisi returned to Miami, FL. Quarantined at home for 14 days, the sailors strategically participated in webinars, group calls, and physical training sessions, as well as networked with sponsors and supporters to plan the course forward. Barnes also, once out of quarantine, began working with the Sector Miami Incident Management Team on the COVID-19 response as well as continued U.S. Coast Guard qualifications.

“I think it’s important to point out that we took this period to step back and sort through what we had just done and the best path for our team moving forward. In a crisis, like this pandemic, there can either be a danger or an opportunity to change, and our team took the later to grow in many ways. The first was fitness, we both reflected on our physical weaknesses during longer regattas and training camps. To this end, I worked with Frankie Telfort at Old Bull Athletics to build shoulder strength and mobility and Nikki focused on her endurance by running because we have two very different jobs onboard. Secondly, we tackled the mental and emotional side of our sailing. Finally, even though we weren’t together physically, Nikki, Robby and I have kept a constant stream of communication with weekly goals and to make sure we all stay on the same page and ready to start training again,” says Dallman-Weiss, three-time skipper and crew of the year at Eckerd College, U.S. Sailing Development Team member in the 470 class in 2013, and North American champion in the Farr 40 class.

 

Looking Forward

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games have been officially postponed to July 22-August 9, 2021, with sailing scheduled for July 26-August 6, in Enoshima, Japan. As of May 23, the International 470 Class has tentatively rescheduled the 2020 World Championship for October 2-10, hosted in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

“We are training domestically in our home waters off Miami, currently, and continue our physical fitness training. The World Championship in October is our next chance to qualify,” says Barnes.

There continue to be unknowns. However, Barnes, Dallman-Weiss, and Bisi are continually adapting to the ever-changing situations following in the U.S. Coast Guard’s motto of Semper Paratus or ‘always ready’!

“LTJG Barnes is an elite athlete and a dedicated Coast Guard officer. When the global spread of COVID-19 postponed the 2020 Tokyo games and halted on-the-water training opportunities, LTJG Barnes immediately devoted her time to fully support Sector Miami’s COVID-19 response. Her efforts saved lives. We fully support LTJG Barnes’ campaign to earn gold and we are proud to have her as a member of the Sector Miami crew,” says Captain Jo-Ann F. Burdian, Commander Coast Guard Sector Miami, FL.

Support the Team

To support LTJG Barnes and Dallman-Weiss, donate to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association’s (USCGAAA’s) Elite Athletic Excellence Fund (www.cgaalumni.org/eliteathlete). The athletes thank the USCGAAA for its long-standing and continued support.

Additionally, Barnes and Dallman-Weiss have been selected as a sponsored ILYA (Inland Lakes Yachting Association) campaign. This is the organization under which Dallman-Weiss learned to sail, and now with Barnes, honored to represent. To make tax-deductible donations, visit this link: www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=CPAUDYG8B86V4&source=url

Supporters can also join the PVS team by donating to their GoFundMe page (gf.me/u/w9vxq7)

The Team

LTJG Barnes is a native of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and member of both the St. Francis Yacht Club and St. Thomas Yacht Club. Dallman-Weiss is a native of Shoreview, MN, and a member of the New York Yacht Club.

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