Pohnpei Sailing Club Cup Regatta Preliminary One

On Saturday July 7, 2012, the Pohnpei Sailing Club held opening ceremonies for the first Pohnpei Cup Regatta. The opening ceremony included welcoming remarks from Club Chairman Andrew Lucky and the Regatta Chair Dr. Kiyoshi Umezu. Race Director Kazuo Ishikawa briefed the skippers on the race course and rules. The skippers took an oath of good sportsmanship and a promise to abide by the rules of the regatta. The six heats each featured four Topper sailing dinghies. The day’s heats were the first day of heats, with a second day of heats scheduled for the 21st of July. Scores from the heats will be combined to determine which skippers will advance to the semi-final races.

Setting up the boats
Setting up the boats

Pohnpei Sailing Club focuses on connecting youth with sailing and the ocean. The skippers who are racing are primarily young boys and girls from the local community. The Club provides the opportunity for the local youth to participate in an activity that they would not otherwise have access to. As skippers the young girls and boys also gain self-esteem and confidence. The more experienced youth act as student instructors for newer club members. As instructors, these young people gain a unique opportunity in a leadership role with a responsibility of guiding and teaching others.

Setting up the boats
Setting up the boats
Dr. Ishikawa covers the start sequence
Dr. Ishikawa covers the start sequence
Kapinga Chief and Pohnpei Sailing Club Chair Andrew Lucky addresses the sailors
Kapinga Chief and Pohnpei Sailing Club Chair Andrew Lucky addresses the sailors

Chief Lucky addressed the skippers in both English and Kapingan welcoming them and reminding them to respect the rules.

Sailors pose for a group photo
Sailors pose for a group photo
Sailors pose for a group photo
Sailors pose for a group photo
Dr. Umezu instructing a skipper
Dr. Umezu instructing a skipper
Setting out for the first heat of the day
Setting out for the first heat of the day
The regatta is held under the shadow of Sokeh's ridge
The regatta is held under the shadow of Sokeh’s ridge
Boats underway
Boats underway
Race director tallies scores and plans next round in two weeks
Race director tallies scores and plans next round in two weeks
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