The J/22 International Invitational regatta, which has been run every year since 2006, attracted competitors from Germany, USA, Uruguay, South Africa, UK and the Bahamas who raced against the top three qualifying teams from Cayman. The racing was at times extremely tight and it was clear that the returning overseas teams had learned local knowledge from previous years.
The German team, skippered by Peter Karrie had clearly come to compete with their rival Mike Farrington whom they have met twice at the J/22 world championships and who has won Race Cayman for the past four years. Another returning skipper was Marc Fischer from the USA who drew the top boat in the draw and brought a strong team with him. After two days of racing, the final day dawned with Mike Farrington again commanding a good lead and Tomeaka McTaggart, another local sailor holding on to second place. The race for third place though was wide open with Germany, USA and South Africa all in with a good chance. It proved to be the Germans who took control sailing brilliantly to take two second places and claim third spot, one point ahead of the South African team.
Throughout the event, competitors were treated to some great social events, a hallmark feature of Race Cayman. Heineken and Jacques Scott were major sponsors putting on a sailing fiesta happy hour on Friday. The prize giving on Sunday was at George Town Yacht Club, a great venue for such an event.
As always there were many people involved in making the event a success, far too many to mention but special mention was afforded to Peta Adams who once again ran Race Committee alongside International judge Gilmour Manuel to a very high standard. For more J/22 Race Cayman sailing information