Morrell and Duff Claim Victories for the BVI at MLK Regatta

Photo courtesy of Royal BVI Yacht ClubTen BVI sailors raced in the MLK Regatta in St Thomas over the weekend of 9-10 January with two days of light, shifty and unpredictable wind.  It was a strong, sportsman-like performance from all of the sailors with the newest addition to the race team showing that he will be one to watch for the future.

Club 420
Sam Morrell, competing in the Club 420 fleet, sailed nine races winning one on the second day. Most results from Morrell and his crew placed him at the top of the fleet, easing into a first place victory overall.

Optimist Championship Fleet
Rayne Duff, competing in the Championship Fleet, sailed a total of 10 races with results ranging from first to mid-fleet. Duff placed first in his age group and second overall, just three points behind his St Thomas rival Mia Nicolosi. Unfortunately on the second day the black flag was raised on the Championship fleet weighing Duff with points he could not drop.

There were highlights from all the sailors in the Championship fleet throughout the two days and two more Team BVI sailors finished in the top 10.  Nathan Haycraft scored two third place finishes after the wind picked up on the second day and finished consistently in the top ten to finish in 8th overall.

Right behind him in 9th overall was Kyle Roose who saved his best to last, roping in two second place finishes and sticking with the top of the fleet on the final day.

Max Reshetiloff tucked a 5th place under his belt on the first day after catching a shift that helped lift him to the windward mark well in front of the pack.  Reshetiloff finished in 15 position overall. Ryan Lettsome weaved his way into a 7th place in one of the races after a tough morning of unpredictable winds. Unfortunately, Lettsome succumbed to the black flag in race 8 which, combined with two OCS scores on day one, put him out of the running and in 18 place overall.

Optimist Green Fleet
Four sailors competed in the Optimist Green fleet and all of them sailed well throughout the regatta.  Top finisher, at his debut regatta off island, was Samuel Allen coming in fourth overall.  Allen not only mastered the challenges of the light and shifty conditions on the first day, he went on to secure first, second and third place finishes on the second day.

Finishing in eighth place overall, Noah George also bucked the trend on the first day by securing two fourth place finishes, a great result for another of our newest racers.  Scott Kirk roped in a sixth place in race nine and sailed with confidence during both days to finish 15 overall. Connor Maccallum also sailed well at his first outing since October, getting a ninth as his best score and 16 overall.

In total the BVI had five racers in the Opti Championship fleet, four racers in the Opti Green fleet, and one in the club 420 fleet. Many thanks to St Thomas Yacht Club for organizing a wonderful event, The Moorings for providing the team with a ride and a place to rest up and all the parents for their help..

The next regatta for Team BVI is the Puerto Rico International Dinghy Regatta in San Juan from 4 to 7 February.