May 1, 2019

Dear Parents and Friends of AYC Junior Sailing Programs:

The AYC 2019 LATE Spring Program Sailing Sessions begin on May 4 -June 16

A new training schedule, with the dates, times and fees for each category,AYC 2019 LATE Spring PROGRAM SCHEDULE  Please see Neesie or Kanysha in the AYC office, to complete registration.  Payment must be made in full by the first day of the session.  Returning sailors will be evaluated and may be promoted based on their work in the previous session they last attended.  New participants must agree to and sign the AYC “Sailor and Parent Code of Conduct” forms before the first lesson.    If you are unsure about which category to register your sailor, please come and discuss with me.

I want to remind you that all junior members must be part of a program in order to sail out of AYC.  Having your own boat does not entitle you to sail out of the facility.  This policy is a safety requirement and is in place to ensure that all young sailors are supervised properly.

As you know AYC is  preparing to host the 2019 Optimist World Championship July 6 – 16.  There are 266 sailors registered from a total of 64 countries – this is a World Record for the number of countries attending a regatta for a single class.   The Antiguan World’s Team is:  Shanoy Malone, Theodore Spencer, Sue Agusti, Tyrique Adams, and Maurice Belgrave.  All 5 sailors achieved their spots through qualification and will now be training hard to be ready for the event.

Additional Upcoming Optimist Events:

June 13 – 16                        IOR, St Thomas                                                      Optimist

Sept 27 – Oct 4                  2019 Optimist North Americans, BAH                      Optimist

If you are interested in knowing more about IOR or Optimist NAMs, please see me.

In addition to the Optimist upcoming activity, Daniel Smit and Jalese Gordon will travel to Poland during July 6 -23 for the World Sailing Youth World Championship to compete in Laser Radial.  Later in July, Jules Mitchell and Jalese Gordon have been awarded spots to the Pan American Games in Peru July 26 – August 11, and will compete in Laser and Laser Radial respectively.  I know you join me in wishing them good luck at these events.

If you have any questions, please contact me directly either by email at  or telephone 268-728-5045.  I am also in the office daily if you wish to see me in person.


Karl James

OLY (Two-Time Olympian – Laser Class)

Manager of Dinghy Sailing and Youth Training Scheme, Antigua Yacht Club

Download the Schedule – AYC 2019 LATE Spring PROGRAM SCHEDULE