Skipper Kwesi Paul with his talented young crew Justin James, Kiron Benjamin and Kimo Sampson Sailing in Gybe Talk, stormed through the finish line to bring the title of Champion of Champions, and a cheque for US$1,000.00 back to Gouyave, after two years of having to settle with second place.
Gouyave crews were on the water for the GSF16 Match Race Finals determined to win and also took command in the National Team Sailing, with first place in the Senior Final race, sponsored by Carib, and second place in the Junior Final race, sponsored by Budget Marine.
Sailing action took centre stage on Grand Anse Beach on Saturday and Sunday as the 22nd annual Grenada Sailing Festival White Jack Workboat Regatta took place in front of hundreds of local supporters and overseas visitors.
In excellent weather and sailing conditions a strong fleet of 28 boats from Carriacou, Gouyave, Petite Martinique, Sauteurs, Mayreau and Woburn lined Grand Anse Beach – bringing their well-known and much loved colours to its shores again.
This year for the first time two boats from Bequai competed in the Regatta, and a crew from Guadeloupe sailed to Grenada especially to take part, racing in Swift, a boat prepared for them by sailors from Grand Mal.
The racing was as tough as ever and in the Budget Marine Junior Final, Team Carriacou, sailing in Pink Gin, came through to take first in front of Gouyave in Gybe Talk, with Team Sauteurs in Homer gaining an admirable third place.
In the Senior National Team Sailing Final sponsored by Carib, Team Gouyave and Gybe Talk crossed the finish line first in front of Woburn in Tomorrow’s Worry, with Petite Martinique sailing Mr X in third place.
The day of fun ended when the winning skippers and crews from the Community Class Race Series battled it out in the Champion of Champions Final.
A combined crew from the Gouyave Canoe and Sloop Classes took Gybe Talk straight into the lead and proved unstoppable.
The crew were already celebrating their victory before even reaching the finish line.
The Title, trophy and US$1,000.00 prize going to Kwesi Paul and his crew.
Full Results as follows:Community Class Racing:
(1)Wet – Skipper ‘Carl’
(2) Ark Royal – Skipper ‘Vemel’ (Boat from Bequai)
(3).Liberty – Skipper ‘Shaian’ (Boat from Bequai)
(1). Etieron – Skipper Carlyle Joseph
(2). Sky Red – Skipper Edmund Sanderson
(3). Want Ah Ride – Skipper Cecil Commissiong
(1). Reborn – Skipper Kwesi Paul
(2). Endeavour – Skipper Alfred Grant
(3). Classic – Skipper Ted Richards
(1). Purple Blast – Hardiol Rock
(2). SOLO –
(3). D Rage – Skipper Andy De Roche
(1). No Retreat No Surrender – Skipper Jason Charles
(2). Cool Runnings – Skipper Ryan Olive
(3). Eoy I’m Watching You – Skipper Bertrand Noel
(1). LOCAL – Skipper Clinton Brathwaite
(2). Unity – Skipper Rodney Forsyth
(3). El Tigre – Skipper Shakeem Nimrod
National Team Sailing – Junior – Sponsored by Budget Marine
(1). Team Carriacou – Skipper Shaian – sailing in Pink Gin
(2). Team Gouyave ––Skipper Karzim James – sailing Gybe Talk
(3). Team Sauteurs – Skipper Enrique John – sailing in Homer
National Team Sailing – Senior – Sponsored by Carib
(1). Team Gouyave – Skipper Ted Richards – sailing in Gybe Talk
(2). Team Woburn – Skipper Clinton Brathwaite – sailing in Tomorrow’s Worry
(3). Team Petite Martinique – sailing in Mr X
2015 ‘Champion of Champions’:
Gouyave – with a combined crew from the winning boats Etieron (Gouyave Canoe Class) & Reborn (Gouyave Sloop Class) – Skipper Kwesi Paul, crew: Justin James, Kiron Benjamin, Kimo Sampson – winning US$1,000.00
Second : Petite Martinique – winning US$500.00
Third: Woburn – winning US$250.00