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CAC Games: Sailors wrap in Colombia, Athletics, Beach Volleyball on the horizon

Cayman’s sailors have wrapped in Barranquilla, Colombia at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games.

Off the coast of Puerto Valero, Cayman’s Allena Rankine continue to face troubled waters. Competing in the women’s Single Handed Laser
division, 18-year-old Rankine finished the competition in 10th with 81 points accumulated over 9 races. Rankine says the CAC games was a new experience for her, and she is grateful to have been able to compete against some of the world best Women’s Single Handed Laser sailors.

“I kind of didn’t know what to expect because I’ve never sailed at this ability level before or with people that have sailed in the Olympics
before. So, I think I did pretty well being that I wasn’t too far behind them.”

In the Men’s Single Handed Laser division wrapped up on Monday, with Shane McDermot finishing in 10th place and Jesse Jackson in 12th . McDermot and Jackson, both 19, were sailing against 15 other sailors. Although this is McDermot’s second time at the CAC Games, this was his first time sailing in the Men’s Single Handed Laser division which he says, proved to be a bit challenging.

“I was in the Radial division with the youth, but since I am no longer in the youth division, the men’s division and they use a larger sail.
With these conditions it was harder for me, since I’m smaller than the other guys, but it was still good for me.”

Jesse Jackson says even though he did not medal he is still happy to be walking away with the new experience gained.

“As my coach always says ‘first place medals aren’t given out you have to go earn them’. What I am taking away from this meet is that I can actually compete against these high-level sailors because I was close to them, and so going forward I am going to put my best foot forward so I can go to other big events.”

In the Open Hobie 16 Division, Florence Allan and her partner, Alun Davies finished 8th out of 9 teams. Allan says the Open Hobie 16 was a new division for her and required having to partner up.

“I’m coming from the Laser which is a single handed boat, into a double handed boat. Which is obviously quite a challenge because you are
sailing with someone else, you are relying on someone else to do things that you are normally in control of yourself. This is the first regatta that we are sailing together in, so it’s been a bit of a challenge. Allan and Davies return to Puerto Velero tomorrow to resume their
competition.

Cayman’s Beach Volleyball duos are set to begin on Saturday 28th July. The men will be represented by Nathan Dack and Casey Santamaria, while the women’s team consists of Ileann Powery and Marissa Harrison. Cayman Athletics will start Sunday 29th July with Rasheem Brown (110mh), Alex Pascal (Javelin) Jeavhon Jackson (400mh) and Lacee Barnes (Shot Put) in competition. Long jumper Carl Morgan has withdrawn.

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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 jordanarmenise@hurleysmedia.ky.

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