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Sailing: Opti’s take flight at NA Championships, inaugural Hobie Nationals sets sail

Cayman’s optimist sailing quartet set sail in the 2018 North American Optimist Championships, while the domestic sailing calendar saw the addition of a new regatta.

Managed by Tara Nielsen, the team of Matheo Capasso, George Hider, Jasper Nielsen and James Costa hit the water Tuesday (26 June) for the five day regatta held at the Vallarta Yacht Club in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. In 2017, the Cayman Islands Sailing Club (CISC) sent two sailors with Capasso, 13, finishing 90th overall.

Domestically, the CISC welcomed Saturday (23 June) the inaugural Scotts Marine Hobie National Championships. The regatta coincided with the schedule ‘End of Rotation’ regatta, offering for races in three classes. CISC Technical Director Raphael Harvey said the added sailors made for a new dynamic.

“It was a great club buzz at the club this weekend, all sailors had a great time. The Hobie Cat class plan to run the championship twice a year.”

In the Optimist race, Spring Regatta Green Fleet winner Finn Richards topped the podium once again, while veteran Shane McDermott placed first among Lasers. Ian Hider sailed to first in the inaugural Hobie Cat class.
Hobie Cat Class
1st Ian Hider
2nd Mark McFee
3rd Alun Davis
1st Finn Richards
2nd Ciara Murphy
3rd Jayden Goddard
1st Shane McDermott
2nd Allena Rankine
3rd Ava Hider




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Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). It was in this role where he was able to craft the immersive and enthusiastic approach to reporting, broadcasting and production you see here today in Cayman's sports community.

Jordan has also worked behind the scenes for a number of Canadian broadcasting & production companies such as CBC Sports, Cineflix Productions and Cream Productions.

Did he mention he was St. Clare of Assisi's 1994 Athlete of the Year?

Now dubbed 'The Sports Guy', Jordan relishes the role as Cayman 27 Sports Producer, where he can tell the stories of Cayman’s athletes. You can reach Jordan at 333.6521 or

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