Bahamian junior sailor Joshua Weech competes in the Optimist class in this file photo. Weech claimed the top overall spot at the 2020 KPMG Youth Winter Championships this past weekend. FILE March 19, 2020
Junior Optimist sailor Joshua Weech showed why he is one of the top young sailors in The Bahamas, claiming the top overall spot at the 2020 KPMG Youth Winter Championships this past weekend. The event was hosted by the Nassau Yacht Club at Montagu Bay.
Weech, who represented the Bahamas National Sailing School (BNSS)/Nassau Yacht Club (NYC), repeated as champion in the Optimist class. He finished with six net points, crossing the finish line in first position in his final six races after finishing second in his first race.
Apart from the Optimist class, the Laser 4.7, Laser Radial, Sunfish and Green Fleet classes were also contested in the seven-race regatta.
Kaemen Floyd, who also sailed for the BNSS/NYC, finished second in the Optimist class with 19 net points. Finishing third in that category was Craig Ferguson, who also sailed under the BNSS/NYC. He finished with 23 net points.
In the Optimist Intermediate, Royal Nassau Sailing Club’s (RNSC) Petrus Maritz was first overall. Brosnan Darville, who sailed for the Lyford Cay Sailing Club (LCSC), finished second. Finishing third was RNSC’s Lorenzo Antollina.
Federico Paez, who sailed under the RNSC, was first place in the Optimist Green Fleet (beginners). Skyler Kelly, who also sailed under the RNSC, was second. Finishing third in that class was Johannes Maritz, who is also attached to the RNSC.
The Sunfish Class was won by Malano Moxey, who sailed under the BNSS. Noah Simmons, who traveled to New Providence to compete, finished second. Simmons sailed for the Harbour Island Sailing Club (HISC). Securing third place was Maryetta Johnson of the BNSS.
It was the Turks and Caicos’ Grace Brown who sailed away with the first place prize in the Laser 4.7 class. The LCSC’s Jessica Chacchiari finished second. David Huber, who sailed for the LCSC, was third.
Tyler McSweeney pulled off a win in the Laser Radial class. He sailed under the BNSS/NYC banner. Jaxon Parker, who also sailed under the BNSS/NYC banner, was second. The HISC’s Joshua Higgins finished third.
This regatta was a qualifier for the Optimist dinghy sailors looking to make The Bahamas’ team for two upcoming international events – the Optimist worlds in Riva Del Garda, Italy, in July, which has been postponed due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, and the Optimist North American Championships (OPTINAM), in Cancun, Mexico, in October, which is still on the schedule.