Pohnpei Sailing Club summer 2012 regatta semi-finals

Pohnpei Sailing Club held the second day of preliminary races and the semi-finals on 28 July in Sokeh’s lagoon.

Preparing for the day's races
Preparing for the day’s races
Boats racing under sail on the water
Boats racing under sail on the water, second preliminary round
A racer in the preliminary round
A racer in the preliminary round ready to go out
Preliminary results
Preliminary results
Semi-final line up
Semi-final line up
Rain crosses the island
Rain crosses the island

Dr. Kazuo Ishikawa is indefatigable in his devotion to the sailing and to the youth of the local community. On this day he would spend six hours under the tropical sun and torrential rain as the race director. His boundless energy is inspirational.

Wind in their sails, a semi-final heat lines up
Wind in their sails, a semi-final heat lines up
South Park Hotel beyond the Topper sailing dinghies
South Park Hotel beyond the Topper sailing dinghies

The Topper sailing dinghies that the youth are sailing were provided by Dr. Umezu of South Park Hotel. Without his generosity the sailing lessons and regatta would not be possible. He was the first to have a dream of local youngsters sailing on their waters, and the only one who made that dream a reality.

Coming back in from a heat
Coming back in from a heat
Directions being given on the water
Directions being given on the water
Headed out across the starting line
Headed out across the starting line
Racing!
Racing!
Eyes down course, a young sailor heads upwind
Eyes down course, a young sailor heads upwin
Sailing into a place in the finals
Sailing into a place in the finals

With the semi-final heats completed, the fleet returned to port with tired and exhausted sailors.

Two sun and rain weary semi-finalists return to the dock
Two sun and rain weary semi-finalists return to the dock
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