Ho­bie Cat Chal­lenge Re­turns to Rod­ney Bay

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Bar­bara Pyle Foun­da­tion (BPF) - with a mis­sion to “use me­dia in all its forms to make the world a bet­ter place and em­power peo­ple to pro­tect the planet” - plans to roll out a pro­gramme of ini­tia­tives, de­signed to en­gage Saint Lu­cia’s youth in en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues af­fect­ing what the UN calls ‘Small Is­land De­vel­op­ing States’ (SIDS). In­cluded is the sec­ond an­nual Saint Lu­cia Ho­bie Cat Chal­lenge, which brings to­gether the wa­ter sports stars of the is­land and other en­thu­si­as­tic Ho­bie Cat sailors in a re­gatta to com­pete for tro­phies, prizes and a schol­ar­ship spon­sored by the BPF to en­cour­age in­di­vid­u­als to be­come cer­ti­fied or con­tinue their train­ing in pro­fes­sional sail­ing.

The in­au­gu­ral event in Septem­ber 2015 was won by Dy­lan Charles for Viceroy Su­gar Beach, with Les­lie Mitchell, owner of Over There Wa­ter­sports in sec­ond place and Johnny Louis for St James Club in third. They will com­pete against re­turn­ing sailors and new com­peti­tors from around the is­land to­mor­row, Sun­day, Jan­uary 22nd in Rod­ney Bay, in front of the Saint Lu­cia Yacht Club, where all are wel­come to watch from the beach or the wa­ter. Rac­ing is from 11 a.m. un­til 4 p.m. with a prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony at 5 p.m. and a DJ keep­ing the party at the Yacht Club go­ing un­til 9 p.m.

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