British Virgin Islands’ Duff Wins 22nd International Optimist Regatta

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11-year-old Rayne Duff from the BVI won the 22nd International Optimist Regatta hosted out of the St Thomas Yacht Club, USVI. Rayne finished with 33 points separating him from his closest competition and also won the 11 and 12-year-old Blue Fleet. Rayne will also be representing the BVI in the Optimist North American Championships in Mexico from July 9 – 16.

A total of 81 sailors competed in the Advanced Red, Blue and White Fleets and beginner Green Fleet. The Advanced Fleets completed 10 races and the Green Fleet a total of 18 races over the three days of competition. Sailors hailed from 10 nations – Antigua, Argentina, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Germany, Puerto Rico, Spain, the Netherlands, U.S.A, and all three USVI.

Here is a glimpse of the top three winners in each category in last weekend’s competition:

RED FLEET (25 boats)

1. Teddy Nicolosi, USVI, 46

2. Thomas Rice, USA, 54

3. Luke Arnone, USA, 63


1. Rayne Duff, BVI, 13

2. Zane Rogers, USA, USA, 60

3. Isabella Casaretto, USA, 86


1. Stephan Baker, USA, 125

2. Nathan Haycraft, BVI, 288

3. Vanessa Lahrkamp, USA, 423

GREEN FLEET (22 boats)

1. Caroline Sibilly, USVI, 26

2. Thommie Grit, USA, 30

3. Jose Diaz, PR, 33