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St. Vincent and the Grenadines Sailing Association (SVGSA) has announced a team to represent SVG in the Antigua Open Regatta this weekend — March 25 and 26.

The sailors were selected based on their performance at the recent National Championship and are all part of the SVGSA Elite Training programme.

They are:

Jamark Osbourne — Laser Male National Champion – Junior Sailing Academy Bequia

Scarlet Hadley — Laser Female National Champion – Vincy Sailing Club

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Kai Marks-Desent — Optimist Male National Champion – Vincy Sailing Club

Tegan Deane — Optimist Female National Champion – Vincy Sailing Club

The SVGSA runs sailing programmes throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines, aimed at encouraging sailing for competition, vocational training or just for fun.

“This competition gives our national champions more experience and a chance to measure themselves against regional competitors.

In addition, Osbourne has been selected to represent SVG in the Central American and Caribbean Games in June and he sees the Antigua Regatta as a key event in his training programme.

He hopes to raise the funds needed to be able to compete at this prestigious event and in preparation he is not only clocking up the hours on the water, he is working with sports psychologist Sorenya Miller, and is training at the United Fitness gym in Bequia, supported by his coach Fritz Lesley, head coach of Junior Sailing Academy Bequia.

Kelly Glass, vice-president of St Vincent and the Grenadines Sailing Association said:

“The SVGSA is constantly searching for young sailing talent to enter the elite coaching programme. For our current Elite sailors this competition is the next stage in their development.”