28 May 2014 17:12

With the club's new and appropriately titled Captain Sohayla Esmaili of the Army's Royal Army Dental Corps appointed and on board, the Dhekelia Services Sailing Club launched the first of the season's major regattas, The Breaking Wind Regatta 2014.
Strong squads from Paphos International Sailing Club (PISC), Episkopi Services Sailing Club (ESSC), Limassol Nautical Club (LNC)and Bena Figo was to produce some unexpected surprises as the initially light winds on the first day soon started to give way to gusty and increasing winds as the weekend developed, with Sunday peaking around 17 knots Force four to five.
First honours in the Single Handed race saw Brian Laying from the Paphos International Sailing Club  beating Socrates Jordanau (Limassol Nautical Club) into second place. The second day's more moderate winds heralded another PISC winner as Brian Layng led across the line.
Bobbing into the frame on the second day were three surprises from the Famagusta District's Bena Figo Sailing Club.
The club, only formed in 2000, has concentrated heavily on developing its youth wing under the Commodore Brian Grier and their coach Vassilis Christodoulou.
The result was the debut of three youngsters who stunned the adult sailors with the maritime sailing skills. Like golf, sailing has a handicap system that compares boats and sailors.
Handicapping smoothes the waves of experience and performance to allow beginners and experienced, or those with slower boats, to compete as equals.
Even allowing for the handicap system, the three Dherynia youngsters Nicolas Mavroyianos (10) with the slightly older Kostas Constantinou and George Xiouros, both 11, put on stunning displays of seamanship.
In one 90-minute race in tough conditions, even allowing for their handicap, only three of the 40-plus experienced sailors managed to pass Konstantinos in his tiny, mono-sailed Optimist, which he pushed to its limits in the choppy, challenging, conditions; the other two youngsters put on stunning performances as well.
 In the Albacores, Totis (15) and Alex Jordanou (12) from Limassol also made light of the conditions, beating the experienced Steve Ashford and Dave Jackson over the line, in their Albacore.
If these youngsters stay hooked on sailing then Cyprus may have some new faces for their future Olympic squads.  
Whatever their future Dhekelia Services Sailing Club paid full tribute to their sailing prowess and they all walked away with prizes with Konstantinos, George and Nicolas taking first, second and third places in the Junior Series.
In general, Laser skipper Rod Kershaw and Alex Brown took away prizes for the General Handicap Race, the Pursuit Race and Handicap Series, this year supplied from the Aradippou studios of designer Maria Tsiambartos and the creative glass, hot shop 'All-Glass-Shop' representing sailboats in full sail.
Full results and photos of the racing can be seen at the Dhekelia Services Sailing Club website: www.dhekeliasailing.com


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