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Duff sails to Triple Crown glory

The BVI Dinghy Championships is also the third and final event of the VI Triple Crown - VIODA in St Thomas, Cruzan Open in St Croix being the other two events. The Overall Winner was VI's Rayne Duff (centre). Photo: Provided
Racing took place on the Sir Francis Drake Channel just off Nanny Cay where local sailors were joined by sailors from St Croix, St John and St Thomas, USVI. There were 52 Dinghies out on the water. Photo: Todd Vansickle
Racing took place on the Sir Francis Drake Channel just off Nanny Cay where local sailors were joined by sailors from St Croix, St John and St Thomas, USVI. There were 52 Dinghies out on the water. Photo: Todd Vansickle
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI –Sailing’s Triple Crown was won by Rayne Duff on Sunday May 17, 2015 at the Royal BVI Yacht Club’s Annual Dinghy Championships held at Nanny Cay.

Racing took place on the Sir Francis Drake Channel just off Nanny Cay and local sailors were joined by sailors from St Croix, St John and St Thomas.

There were 52 Dinghies out on the water and the wind was light and shifty, which is harder for racing than heavy winds, requiring more skill and patience.

On the main course had the Optimist Championship Fleet, Club 420, Laser Radial and Laser Standard. The second course was the Optimist Green Fleet (Novice racers) which had 24 boats, the largest number of boats the event has had in Green Fleet. Last year there were just 6 boats. Over the 2 days, the Green Fleet completed 14 races.

Sweet victory for Nicolosi

The light winds suited Mia Nicolosi from St Thomas who had 3 bullets, coming first in Blue Fleet and first overall. This was the first time she had beaten her brother Teddy and Rayne Duff. Mia said “it felt good to have beaten them rather than them always beating me”.

There were nine boats in the Laser Fleet split into Radial and Full rigs. Sam Morrell won the Radial class with Colin Rathbun the Full Class.

Rayne Duff takes the Triple Crown

The BVI Dinghy Championships was the third and final event of the VI Triple Crown - VIODA in St Thomas, Cruzan Open in St Croix being the other two events. The Overall Winner was Rayne Duff (BVI) with Julian van den Driessche from St Thomas second and Lake Sanford form St Croix third.

The awards were presented after sailing on Sunday by Vice Commodore Chris Haycraft and Peter Davison, Managing Director of RTW, on behalf of Hellmann’s and RTW.

Results

Optimist White Fleet; 1st Nathan Haycraft – BVI, 2nd Caroline Sibilly – St Thomas

Optimist Blue Fleet; 1st Mia Nicolosi – St Thomas, 2nd Rayne Duff – BVI, 3rd Mateo Di Blasi – St Thomas

Optimist Red Fleet; 1st Teddy Nicolosi – St Thomas, 2nd Victoria Flatley – St Thomas, 3rd Julian van den Driessche – St Thomas

Optimist Overall Results; 1st Mia Nicolosi – St Thomas, 2nd Teddy Nicolosi – St Thomas, 3rd Rayne Duff - BVI

Club 420; 1st Ethan Hanley – St Croix, 2nd Sarah Hardee – St Croix

Laser Radial; 1st Sam Morrell – BVI, 2nd Thad Lettsome – BVI, 3rd Jason Putley - BVI

Laser Standard; 1st Colin Rathbun – BVI, 2nd Mark van den Driessche - BVI

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