82.1 F
Charlotte Amalie
Monday, February 6, 2023
HomeNewsArchivesV.I. Scores Big at Youth Sailing Championships

V.I. Scores Big at Youth Sailing Championships

June 28, 2004 – St. Thomas sailors Cy Thompson and Thomas Barrows made the Virgin Islands a big winner at the United States Youth Sailing Championships. Thompson won the Laser Radial Class and Barrows placed third in the Laser Class. About 150 youth sailors from 19 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands were selected by the United States Sailing Association for the event held June 18-24.
Sailor raced in three classes, Laser, Laser Radial (the same hull, but slightly smaller sail) and the 420, the only two-person dinghy class. Before starting the four days of racing, professional coaches held advanced clinics for each class. There were also presentations by America's Cup sailors and recent solo around-the-world winner Brad Van Liew and a tall ship parade past the race course on the first day of racing.
Thompson jumped out to lead his class from the first day of racing and held on to a comfortable lead on the pack regardless of the various conditions. In contrast, Barrows made consistent finishes near the top and improvement over the regatta on his path to the podium. Barrows scored his only first in the final race of the series, ensuring him third place and leaving him just one point from second. Thompson and Barrows were joined at the event by Taylor Canfield and Addison Caproni, who finished in mid-fleet in the 420 two-person dinghy.

Publisher's note : Like the St. Croix Source now? Find out how you can love us twice as much — and show your support for the islands' free and independent news voice … click here.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.

Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.