Robbie Carey takes top honors in the 2019 Bahamas Junior Laser National Championship in the Radial Class, Caleb Major wins the 4.7 Class

The 2019 Bahamas Junior Laser National Championship, hosted by the Nassau Yacht Club this past weekend (MAY 18 & 19), took place on Montagu Bay in very light to medium winds. A total of twelve boats competed with teams from Harbour Island, and New Providence enjoying the six race series over the two days.

The racing was extremely close. At the end of the first day, after three races Morgan Grammatico had a one point lead over Cochise Burrows (last year’s national champion) and Robbie Carey, who were tied in points. Robbie took a seventh in the first race, but responded with firsts in all other races. In the end it was Robbie first, Cochise second and Morgan third, all members of the Nassau Yacht Club and Bahamas National Sailing School.

In similar fashion Caleb Major from Harbour Island won the Laser 4.7 Class by taking first place in five out of the six races. He has been racing the 4.7 for less than a year and has put to practice sailing skills learned in racing the Optimist Dinghy and Sunfish over the last number of years. Melisha Higgins was second and Noah Simmons was third; both from Harbour Island.

Congratulations to all the sailors and a special thank you to the Nassau Yacht Club for hosting this event and again to the Bahamas National Sailing School junior program sponsors KPMG, J. S. Johnson, Rotary Club of East Nassau, Bahamas Ferries, Odyssey Aviation, Bahamas Maritime Authority, Graham Thompson & Co, Cable Bahamas & Cable Cares, Bahamas Charitable Giving Foundation, Bahamas Olympic Committee, Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources and Ministry of Sports. 

By Robert Dunkley

Emma Tinkler