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Strong performances highlight MLK Regatta in St Thomas

Team Virgin Islands at the Martin Luther King Regatta in St. Thomas, USVI. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islander Rayne Duff headlined several stellar sailing performances last weekend, 24th and 25th of January 2015, at the Martin Luther King (MLK) Regatta which was held by the St. Thomas Yacht Club, USVI.

Conditions for the event were perfect with 14 knots blowing on the Saturday January 24th, dropping off to 10 knots on the Sunday, January 25th, 2015.

Fourteen Virgin Islander sailors took part in the event. There were 6 in Optimist Green (Anya Reshetiloff, Ryan Lettsome, Nicolas Haycraft, Connor Maccallum, Stephon Ganga and Scott Kirk), 5 in Optimist Championship (Rayne Duff, Nathan Haycraft, James Rajic-Knight, Max Reshetiloff and Kyle Roose), 2 in the C420 (Sam Morrell and Daniel Petrovic) and 1 Laser Radial (Thad Lettsome).

The Optimist Championship Fleet was won by the Virgin Islands’ very own Rayne Duff (Blue fleet) who finished 14 points ahead of 2nd place. Nathan Haycraft won white fleet finishing 8th overall, James Rajic-Knight finished in 14th, Max Reshetiloff finished in 16th with Kyle Roose in 17th. Results were tight with a 3 way tie for first place after day one. Rayne finished strongly on day 2 with four firsts out of 5 races to then win the event.

In the Optimist Green Fleet Anya Reshetiloff finished in 4th place only 1 point outside of 3rd, Ryan Lettsome finished close behind in 5th, Nicolas Haycraft 12th, Connor Maccallum in 19th, Stephon Ganga in 20th and Scott Kirk in 22nd. All sailors sailed very well in what was a big green fleet with 25 boats.

Sam Morrell and Daniel Petrovic sailed very well in the C420 class finishing in 3rd place overall just 1 point outside of 2nd. Thad Lettsome was the only laser sailor at the event but had a lot of fun challenging himself against the 420 sailors on their course.

The weekend could never have happened without the generous use of a catamaran from Moorings which was used to transport boats and competitors as well as to accommodate them, the use of the fuel dock to load our boats by Nanny Cay and Nagico Insurance as well as St. Thomas Yacht Club for running such a successful event. Organisers are now looking forward to the next event which is the VIODA Optimist Championship in St Thomas Yacht Club on the 21st and 22nd of February.

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