Wall to wall smiles as 2017 OK Dinghy Worlds opens in paradisiacal Barbados

Saturday, 27 May 2017

 The OK Dinghy fleet has landed in paradise. Most sailors in Barbados for the 2017 World Championship have been looking forward to this event for three years and so far it is delivering in spades, with fantastic sailing and fabulous hospitality, all based in a stunning location at the Barbados Yacht Club and Barbados Cruising Club. It is simply idyllic.

The practice race on Friday afternoon signalled the end of preparation and measurement and was followed by an exceptionally welcoming opening ceremony in the grounds of the Barbados Yacht Club attended by the commodores of both clubs, the President of the Barbados Sailing Association and the Minister of Tourism and International Transport.

Commencing with the Barbados national anthem played by a young trio on steel drums, Gus Reader of the Barbados Sailing Association welcomed the assembled sailors and guests. He spoke of the legacy of bringing sailing events to the small island nation of Barbados.

“We ask no more that these events leave a legacy to Barbados sailing, in particular the youth sailors because the youth are our future,”

Wishing the sailors well he said, “Conditions here are very sweet but there is a kick to them.”

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 27 May 2017 )