Team BVI overseas sailing race roundup

By Royal BVI Yacht Club

Daniel Petrovic represented the BVI at the 2017 Laser Under 21 World Championships. Photo: Provided

2017 Laser Under 21 World Championships
Daniel Petrovic finished 39th in the Silver Fleet (100th overall) at the 2017 Under 21 Laser World Championships in Nieuwpoort, Belgium this week.

Conditions were mixed with some wild and windy days and others where the lack of wind stopped play. Petrovic was racing in a tough fleet of 122 boats which after the qualifying series was split in half into gold and silver fleets. His best result came in race 9 in which he finished in 13th position. (GOLDOC)

2017 UK Optimist National Championships
The BVI was represented by two sailors at the 2017 Volvo Gill UK Optimist National Championships. Nathan Haycraft and Kyle Roose were flying the flag for the BVI, competing in the senior fleet of 127 boats.

2017 is the 70th Anniversary of the Optimist Class and over 380 sailors were at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy to take part in the event. It was a wild and windy event and unfortunately sailors had to stay ashore on two days as the conditions were too rough.

Nathan Haycraft qualified for the senior gold fleet and finished in 29th position overall. Taking a race win in the fourth race of the finals series was an outstanding achievement but his overall score was marred by two starting penalties.

Kyle Roose finished in 19th position in the senior silver fleet, his best race was a ninth in race three of the finals series.

Next up for Team BVI Youth Sailors is the Back to School Regatta on September 16-17, 2017.