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The Race Is On

Minister of Sport the Hon. Mark Scotland met with Cayman's sailors and presented the Cayman Islands Sailing Club with a sponsorship cheque.

Minister of Sports the Hon. Mark Scotland met Race Cayman 2010 competitors and officials at the Cayman Islands Sailing Club (CISC) as they waited for more favourable conditions on the second day of the competition (Friday, 12 March 2010).

With wind gusts of over 27 knots keeping the sailors land bound, Minister Scotland took the opportunity to congratulate the CISC on hosting Race Cayman 2010. This event includes this year's Byte CII Midwinter and North American Championships and the J22 International Invitational Regatta. The event, which started Wednesday, 10 March, is also a qualifier for the Youth Olympic Games.

"The Sailing Club certainly deserves a round of applause for hosting Cayman's largest ever international sailing event. I commend all members for their commitment toward, and their investment in, the future of this sport, especially evident in our joint school sailing courses.

"I hope that we will continue to be partners in one the most successful sport development programmes that my ministry supports," Minister Scotland said.

After one day of racing, Cayman's Oliver Fogerty is in ninth place and Chris Delaney is twelfth out of a total of 32 sailors in the Byte CII class. Cayman's others Byte sailors are Ben Williams, and Lizzy Wauchope.

Local residents Marina Maffessanti and Matthew Courtis are also competing. Although they train with the Cayman team, they are representing their home countries of Jamaica and Barbados respectively.

The J22 International Invitational Regatta is scheduled to begin Saturday, 13 March, and Cayman's junior J22 team members are Thomas Hanson, Thomas Bishop, Kayla Ramos, and Dejian Solomon.

Race Cayman 2010 concludes on Monday, 15 March. For more information and the latest results go to


For further information contact: Cornelia Oliver