The 10th Caribbean Laser Midwinter Regatta is taking place in Cabarete, Puerto Plata. Event organizers say that one of the attractions of the Cabarete event, is that mid-fleet sailors can casually chat with those who have made it to the top of their game, and learn from the greats of Laser fleet. The regatta usually attracts between 30 and 40 competitors, many of whom also attend the four-day pre-race clinic.
World famous sailors like Nick Thompson from Great Britain, Javier Hernandez of Spain, Gustavo Lima of Portugal, Peter Seidenberg and Charlie Buckingham of the US and the DR’s own Raul Aguayo are racing in this prestigious event 13-15 January.
12 countries have sent teams, knowing that the wind and waves of Cabarete offer some of the best conditions for sailing in the world. Sailors from Argentina, Bermuda, Canada, Curacao, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Spain, the United States, and host Dominican Republic are taking part in the event.
The event is organized by the Dominican Sailing Federation, under president Luis Jose Cabral. Race lead officer is David Kerr of Puerto Rico and principal juror is Chris Gowers of Great Britain. Gowers was head coach of the GB Sailing Team, which won gold in the 2008 Olympics.