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This Article Last Updated: Oct 14th, 2010 - 15:13:49
Nassau, Bahamas February 24, 2010.
After a year of intense planning and preparation, the Nassau Yacht Club is in the final stages of readying itself to once again welcome the International Star Class.
The Western Hemisphere Championship 2010 will commence with a packed opening reception on Monday April 12th. Racing will begin in earnest on Wednesday April 14th with competition proceeding through Saturday April 17th. Races will be sailed in the area known as the Douglas Roads off the eastern end of New Providence, which boasts the signature clear blue waters of the Bahamas against a backdrop of the surrounding islands and cays.
Tuesday April 13th will see the three race Harry Knowles series sailed as a separate warm up regatta. Much anticipated is the promise of a brief return to the Star of legendary Bahamian sailor Sir Durward Knowles, now in his 94th year, who will compete in the first race of the series. Currently Commodore of the International Star Class Yacht Racing Association, Sir Durward has the distinction of being not only a past Star Class World Champion, but also a Star Class Olympic Champion, winning the former in Los Angeles in 1947 and the latter, as the Bahamas’ first ever Olympic Gold medal with crew Cecil Cooke, in Tokyo in 1964.
Sir Durward’s Olympic career spanned an extraordinary 40 years from 1948 through 1988, and saw him also win an Olympic Bronze medal in Melbourne in 1956 with crew Sloane Farrington.
The Championships are being supported with the help of the Bahamas’ Ministry of Tourism, and the generous assistance of the Nassau based branch of private bankers’ Lombard Odier Darrier Hentsch.
The Nassau Yacht Club has been a frequent host of the Star Class Western Hemisphere Championship, having last hosted the series in 2005, at which time past Yachtsman of the Year sailor Paul Cayard led the high class field, and was presented with the Santa Maria perpetual trophy that is unique to the Western Hemisphere Championship when sailed in Nassau.
Competition in 2010 is expected to be fierce as competitors continue their preparation for the London Olympic Games in 2012.
About the Nassau Yacht Club
The Nassau Yacht Club was founded in 1931 and has been the home of many decorated World and Olympic class sailors. The Nassau Yacht Club assisted with the Farr 40 World Championships in 2002, and has hosted numerous world championships in the Star, 5.5 and Sunfish Classes, including most recently the 2008 International 5.5 Metre World Championship and the 2009 International Sunfish World Championship. The Nassau Yacht Club has hosted over 75 international regattas in its lifetime and is proud of its reputation for well organized, world class sailing events.
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