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Monroe, Morson top second dinghy rankings

Published: 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Luke Frankland poses with his sailboat ahead of the second dinghy rankings competition at the T&T Sailing Association. Frankland finished above the junior sailors in the optimist class but finished second overall.

Under sunny skies and scorching heat, the second dinghy rankings took place on Saturday afternoon at the T&T Sailing Association (TTSA) in Chaguaramas. It was in stark contrast to two weeks before, when the sail day had to be postponed due bad weather conditions, which in turn resulted in bad sea conditions.

Just after 1:30pm, sailors could be seen putting on cream and leading their sails out to the water. “Great sailing conditions,” we were told by the race coordinator. “Easterly wind, ten to 15 knots for the second Dinghy rankings for the season,” he said.

With such a long break in between the first and second sail days, Luke Frankland told us, “It’s either the competition is going to be pretty easy or it’s going to be pretty hard.”

It turned out to be the latter. The optimist class had a large field of 14 sailors. Triston Monroe held it together well enough to pip Frankland for first overall. However, the first race of the day was won by Simione Duncan from the senior class. Frankland fought back to take the second race but struggled thereafter. Monroe went on to win the third race with Travis Matthews, who finished third overall, winning the final race of the day.

In all, Monroe finished with 11 points, while Frankland had 13, and Matthews had 14.

There were four sailors as the Laser Radial and Laser Standard classes were mixed. It included senior sailor Joseph Moraine. However, it was Jamal Morson that topped the first three races and fell to second in the last one. He finished with five points which saw him easily take first. Isiah Alexis, who placed second in the first three races, finished second overall. Moraine won the last race of the day which helped him secure third.

In the 420 class, the pair of Nicholas Dwarica (skipper) and Maurice Bernard (crew) were unstoppable. They swept all four races, wracking up four points as they cruised to the top of their class. Isiah Paul (skipper) and his crewman finished second to Dwarica and Bernard all afternoon, and had to settle for second overall.

With the Caribbean Dinghy Championships now cancelled due to the hurricanes that ravaged