Caribbean Dinghy Championships 2012

This CSA event took place over the weekend of 10th – 12th August at the Antigua Yacht Club.  There were visiting teams from Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and St. Maarten as well as two teams representing Antigua.

Classes were for Optimist sailors under 12 years, Zoom sailors under 16 years and open classes for Laser Radial, Laser Standard and Pico (2 man teams) so six sailors for each team.



During the day on Friday, teams took the opportunity to practice until mid afternoon when the AYC hosted a “Beach – Bash”.  This included games on and off the water which were “anything but sailing”.  Rowing races were held using the Sea Cadet boats as well as Kayak races.  Additionally, several silly beach games took place including a Tug-o-War.


Saturday morning saw the start of racing in very blustery conditions  with winds at times gusting 30 knots.  This resulted in virtually every competitor capsizing at some point.  The  youngest competitor (age 10)  Jalese Gordon, who showed indomitable spirit at her first regatta.  One of the senior competitors commented that he had never spent so much time upside down in the water in his life!!!




Racing continued through Saturday afternoon and by Saturday evening  results were very close with all to play for on Sunday morning.  A convivial supper evening was held at the AYC which finished unexpectedly early as all the competitors were so tired they could not stay awake after 9 pm.



Sunday morning saw less wind and calmer waters and by 11:30am racing had concluded.  Lunch was followed by prize-giving where Antigua 1 were the winners in the Optimist and Pico classes.  The Laser Standard class was won by Barbados and the Laser Radial and Zoom 8 classes were won by Trinidad.   The overall team prize was,  as in 2011,  won by Antigua.



The Club would like to thank all those who helped out both on and off the water – in particular the Race Officer  Tony Maidment and his team and Patsy White and her team who managed to keep all the hungry sailors, volunteers, coaches and chaperones well fed during the event.

Full results can be found on our website at:


Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta….where sailing meets fun

Photo copyright Jody Sallons-Day

Photo copyright Jody Sallons-Day

The Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta is about to become a major international sailing festival. The first annual regatta was organised by Jolly Harbour Yacht Club in 1993 and the event has been held on the weekend closest to Valentine’s Day every year since. In 2013 the Valentine’s Regatta will celebrate its 20th anniversary from February 7 to 10, so what better time to make a significant change to the scope of the event.

The beginning of the week in February that encompasses Valentine’s Day is one of the last time slots available for a major regatta in the Caribbean Sailing Association’s racing calendar and with love in the air it’s a fantastic time to hold a fun regatta that will have something on offer for all types of sailors.

Building on the foundation that Jolly Harbour Yacht Club has already created for this exciting event, a group of interested parties in Jolly Harbour has come together with the Yacht Club to build the Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta into a major international event. The Foundation Partners of this expanded sailing festival include Caribbean Developments (Antigua) Ltd., Budget Marine, Jolly Harbour Marina, Jolly Harbour Yacht Club, Jolly Harbour Merchants’ Association and Jolly Harbour Homeowners’ Association.

A new company will be formed to contract with Mainstay Caribbean, an event marketing and management company based in Antigua, to deliver the event both on the water and on the shore. It will include three days of professionally-managed fun racing for boats with a maximum 10-foot draft. Classes will be available for CSA-rated boats, bareboats, Carriacou sloops, Lasers, Dragons and other one-design boats and dinghies. A pursuit race series will also be held for those who prefer individual starts to fleet starts. This vibrant sailing event will also feature a poker run which, along with the dinghy racing, will provide spectacular spectating opportunities.

If you’re not a sailor, don’t be deterred from coming out for this exciting event. There will be plenty of shoreside activities every day for sailors and non-sailors alike. Parties will be held each evening during the event and will feature the beach, the marina docks and the shopping and dining facilities. The Thursday evening welcome party will be followed by bigger parties on Friday and Saturday and will culminate with a beach party beginning Sunday afternoon and carrying on long after the final awards presentation is finished that evening. Antigua is famous for its beach parties and this is definitely one not to be missed!

Jolly Harbour, Antigua is an idyllic Caribbean racing and cruising destination for all yachtsmen. It features a world-class marina and boatyard, a safe harbour, a commercial centre, an 18-hole golf course and two of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. The marina is only steps from bars, restaurants and shops and the marine trades businesses in the boatyard can fix anything on your boat that may need attention. With the exception of only a few, all residences are waterfront – both private and rental – and many feature their own private dock at which you can moor your boat. Sailing and racing conditions outside Jolly Harbour on the west coast of Antigua couldn’t be more ideal – generally flat waters with great winds that offer challenging racing for boats of all sorts.

We invite you to come to Jolly Harbour from around the Caribbean and around the world to experience the exciting new version of the Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta. Bring your own boat, charter a bareboat or fully-equipped racing charter boat, or secure a place on one of the many boats that charter individual spots. Unlike many of the other big Caribbean regattas, the Valentine’s Regatta will cater to boats of all types, from hot racers to family cruisers, sport boats and dinghies. If you’re crew on a super yacht based in Antigua or elsewhere in the Caribbean during the winter months, don’t miss this opportunity to get off the dock and out onto the water to polish up on your racing skills.

Don’t miss the all-new Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta . . . where sailing meets fun! Once you arrive in Jolly Harbour, you may never want to leave!

For more information and to enter visit



Call to support Eric Tulla to gain presidency of ISAF

As many of you know, The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is vitally important to our sport as the world governing body for the sport of sailing, officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

ISAF is responsible for:

  • the promotion of the sport internationally;
  • managing sailing at the Olympic Games;
  • developing the Racing Rules of Sailing and regulations for all sailing competitions;
  • the training of judges, umpires and other administrators;
  • the development of the sport around the world; and
  • representing the sailors in all matters concerning the sport.

So with that background, to then realise that Eric Tulla from Puerto Rico is this year running for the role of President, should be of great interest.

In order for him to gain this presidency each of the voting associations such as MNA’s need to attend the 2012 Annual ISAF Conference in Ireland in November and place their vote if they would like to see a Caribbean representative as President, and see some substantial changes.

Eric has written a letter to the CSA to explain his thoughts on his priorities and a little about his background to help you make a decision on if you would like to support him.  Also for your consideration are:

Eric’s position paper on ISAF for 2012 POSITION PAPER PDF

Eric’s Sailing Profile exhibiting his long career in sailing. Eric A. Tulla Sailing Profile

Dear Friends,

My name is Eric Tulla and I am a candidate for President of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).

My service as Vice President on the ISAF Executive Committee this term has convinced me of the need for significant change in ISAF if we are to provide vital leadership to sailing in the future.

I believe that many of the ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs) have been under represented within ISAF. We need to provide better communications and services to the MNAs. We need to empower the MNAs. This situation requires urgent attention by the ISAF.

My program is to make this necessary change in ISAF.  I perceive that such change is desired by most MNAs around the globe who are not always counted upon or listened to about the important decisions affecting the world of sailing. Coming from the island of Puerto Rico, I am intimately aware of the needs of these MNAs.

I believe that my experience and background will be an advantage in leading ISAF into the future.

I have sailed and competed in different boats and events, from native wooden sloops to dinghies, catamarans, the Olympic Soling, and handicapped racer cruisers, and from local events to multiple Pan American Games, the 1984 Olympics, World Championships, and, recently, the 2007 Centomiglia. I have also served the sport of sailing in multiple roles during this time: as a director and officer, including president of my MNA; as an officer of continental and regional sailing federations, and as an ISAF International Judge, Council member and Vice President.

With the support of the MNAs in our region and others around the world, I intend to lead ISAF in a new direction.

It would be an honor to receive your Federation’s nomination for President of ISAF.  The nomination letter has to be received by the ISAF Secretariat by September 15, 2012. I also look forward to receiving your delegate to the elections in Ireland on November 10, 2012 and counting on your vote.

Please feel free to call or email at any time at the numbers below.

Thank you,

Eric A. Tulla
+1-787-365-3838 (mobile)
etulla1 (skype)

Please encourage your MNA to vote for Eric and help strengthen representation of Caribbean Sailing at ISAF. If you would like to assist, please send the link to this nomination form now.
Nomination form for Eric Tulla-4


Optimist Worlds 2012 Dominican Republic July 17-25 2012

The 50th World Optimist Sailing Championship opened on July 16 at the Nautical Club of Santo Domingo with representatives from 52 countries, as confirmed by organizers.

Athletes from Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, USA, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucía, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela are attending the event.

The official competition will start July 17, with participants from the five continents.

The opening ceremony will be led by Peter Barclay, president of the International Sailing Federation, Dominican Olympic Committee president Luis Mejia and the local ministers of Sports and Tourism, Felipe Payano and Francisco Garcia, respectively.


2012 ROC & CSA AGM slated for 20th & 21st October

Attendees at the Regatta Organisers Conference in 2012

The Annual Regatta Organisers Conference and CSA AGM will take place on 20th and 21st October 2012 in St. Maarten.

If you have never attended the event it is well worth considering as an opportunity to meet and network with regatta organisers and national assocations across the Caribbean.

Aside from the business of the AGM, the conference is an opportunity to be updated on the latest in the industry from a Caribbean perspective as well as join seminars to assist in your development of your regatta.

People interested in attending for 2012 should register by emailing

Cary is also interested in hearing from people about any specific topics they would like to have covered in the seminars.


Kathy Lammers speaks to Yachting World about use of the CSA Rating Rule

Kathy Lammers shares with David Glenn, Editor of Yachting World, Antigua’s Sailing Week’s reasons for using the CSA Rating Rule and not the IRC Rating Rule:

We have taken a serious look at the potential advantages and disadvantages of running the regatta under the IRC rating rule.  My feeling is that the issue arises as a result of a lack of knowledge and understanding of the CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association) rating rule which is, in fact, very similar to IRC.  The CSA rule has been in use longer than any other rating rule currently used and it is constantly updated to deal with new boat designs.Last year Antigua Sailing Week offered scoring under both rules and only three boats asked to be scored based on their IRC rating.  The class that was scored under IRC included Titan, Genuine Risk and Oystercatcher XXVIII.  Their finishing places were identical under CSA and IRC in every race and their corrected times were very close as well.  When Antigua Sailing Week 2011 was over, Paul Miller, our entry and results guru, completely recalculated the results under the IRC rating rule for every boat in the event (just for our own information) and there was only one class that had two boats change position and neither was in the top three in the class under either rating rule.The St. Thomas Rolex Regatta offers an IRC class and this year they had only nine boats enter that class.  In the past few years the number of boats in the class has differed very little.  I believe it is the only regatta in the Caribbean that currently offers an IRC class aside from the RORC Caribbean 600 which is a different type of event.  I have spoken at length with Peter Holmberg who is heavily involved in the St. Thomas Rolex Regatta and who I understand raced in the IRC class this year on Highland Fling XII until it lost its rig on the first day.  Peter spends a lot of time on the professional racing circuit in Europe and the Med and is a big advocate of the CSA rating rule.  He feels the CSA vs IRC discussion is pretty much a non-issue among the bigger boats.  At the CSA Regatta Organisers’ Conference held last fall, Peter told me that the St. Thomas regatta would re-look at whether or not they would have an IRC Class in future years.The Voiles de St. Barths has grown tremendously in the past three years since its inception and it is run entirely under the CSA rating rule with a good fleet of fairly prestigious boats entered this year.

One of the big issues we have in the Caribbean with the IRC rating rule is that IRC certificates are not required to be endorsed.  My understanding is that in order to obtain an endorsed certificate the boat must be weighed and all owner-supplied information must be verified.  As endorsed certificates are not mandatory and it is time-consuming and costly for the average sailor to obtain one, the result is that a very large percentage of certificates are not endorsed.  I understand that most of the bigger boat certificates are endorsed but it could be an issue for us for the more cruising-type boats.  Antigua Sailing Week would most likely want to require that all certificates be endorsed.  We don’t have local IRC measurers in the Caribbean so IRC rating issues must be directed to the IRC in the UK and could take a minimum of 24 hours to resolve.  In the Caribbean we have CSA measurers on hand at all regattas to deal with any issues that may come up (as one did during Antigua Sailing Week this year) so they can be resolved very quickly.

We believe that switching to the IRC rating rule would make it prohibitive for most local Caribbean boats to participate so while we may gain some, we would probably also lose just as many.  This is a very complicated issue and one that we will continue to discuss and consider as we move forward with Antigua Sailing Week.

Kathy Lammers Chairman, Regatta Organising Committee Antigua Sailing Week

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