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February 9, 2011
Great winds, sportsmanship and winds for 10th International Sailing Regatta of Club Nautico de San Juan

The 10th International Sailing Regatta of Club Nautico de San Juan (CNSJ) with 42 participants from Puerto Rico, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and St. Maarten proved once again that Puerto Rico is a top sailing venue with ideal winds that allowed for up to 10 regattas in the three days of competition within the San Juan Bay area.

Jorge Gonzalez within the Optimist category and Red division, was the Best Overall Sailor in the 10th International Sailing Regatta of Club Nautico de San Juan (CNSJ) with 42 participants from Puerto Rico, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and St. Maarten. PHOTO: RAQUEL TORRES ARZOLA 2011; El joven Jorge Gonzalez dominó la categoria Optimist Avanzado y su division Optimist Roja. (FOTO: RAQUEL TORRES ARZOLA)

Sailing champions Raul Rios / Marco Teixidor (CNSJ) revalidated once again in a strong first position within the Snipe class, followed by Alejandro / Fernando Monllor (Ponce Yacht & Fishing Club), and Enrique Torruella / Richard Papa (CNSJ). Jesus Rosario was the winner of Laser 4.7.

The 2.4 Meters division was won by Julio Requero, followed by Pedro L. Fernandez and Kike Figueroa, while Elvin Aponte and Jose Luis Rivera won the first two positions within Sunfish.

With average winds of 14 -17 knots and up to 24 knots, almost four daily regattas, and top notch coordination, the event was a success, said CNSJ Commodore, Ralph "Agie" Vicente and Regatta director, José Gilberto "Yoyo" Berrios.

The Puerto Rico Sailing Federation recognized CNSJ strong support and commitment to the sailing sport, as well as the Regatta Organizing Committee efforts and delivered a recognition plaque to CNSJ. The event also served as a qualifying game for the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, to be held in Zadar, Croatia in July.

A 26 young sailors group participated in the Optimist category (divided into Red, Blue and White fleets) with Jorge Gonzalez as Best Overall Sailor in the Optimist category and within the Red division.

Gonzalez was followed by Andres Reguero and Agustin Lazaro in Red. The Blue fleet was won by Miguel Monllor, Lucas Miranda and Ricardo Jose Valenzuela. The White fleet was conquered by young sailors from the PYFC with a female sailor in first position, Savanah Baus, followed by David Perez and Noah Vilariño. A Green fleet also competed with Vilariño in first place, followedby Sergio Andres Blanco and Emmanuel Rosario.

The "Anguilla Youth Sailing Club" participated with coach Chris Simon, sailor Starlin Rosario, who travelled to Puerto Rico to compete in the event.

Strong and constant winds were recorded from Day One. On Saturday winds came from the East and Southeast at 15 to 16 knots and on Sunday winds were 13 to 14 knots and up to 24 knots in the afternoon.

Sergio Blanco from Club Nautico de San Juan came in 2nd position within Optimist’s Green Fleet. PHOTO: RAQUEL TORRES ARZOLA 2011;Sergio Blanco de CNSJ conquistó un 2do lugar en la flota verde de la categoría juvenil Optimist.
CNSJ Sailing Program instructors, Jorgito Hernández and Gerardo Fernández also participated, with coordination efforts from Marely Gutiérrez, among other members of the Organizing Committee.

CNSJ offers sailing classes throughout the year for children aged 6 years and older, as well as for adults.


Virginia de los Reyes

José “Yoyo” Berrios
Regatta Director