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Tindale takes dinghy top honours

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Jason Tindale rode a victory wave last weekend.
Tindale emerged as the overall winner in the Laser Standard Class, the feature race of the day, beating Kwame Hinds in the final contest in the Barbados Sailing Association’s National Dingy Championships, held off Carlisle Bay on Bay Street.
 Third place was taken by Jo Lammens, on a day when winds were gusty and the waters off Carlisle Bay choppy.  The event saw 25 races contested over a five week period, as 21 sailors vied for the overall title in their respective classes.
Down to the wire
Each of the four classes came down to the wire last Sunday as just a few points separated the competitors on the last day of the championships.
Amy Cox, who began sailing at age eight, showed her worth in the Optimist Class and has moved up to become a young sailor to be reckoned with in the Laser Radial class, winning  a hard-fought battle ahead of Scott and Jaime Ward.
The Topper Uno Class was won by Alec Drayton with Jonathan Kirton in second and Dominic Hewitt taking third.
Keenly contested
The Optimist Class for the junior sailors was keenly contested and the choppy waters proved  too much for Drew Brooks whose dinghy was swamped in the final race of the day and had to settle for third position overall.  Ishan Persaud took the title in this class with his brother Anish following closely behind in second position.  
The coveted Dr. A. W. Trieloff Trophy awarded each year to the young sailors showing improvement, excellence in attitude and all-round sportsmanship was awarded to brothers James and Dominic Austin.
The Austin brothers who have been sailing since 2005, demonstrated a strong commitment to sailing and assisting fellow competitors. They both also teach the younger sailors in the Lrn2Sail programme as well as racing in the Dinghy Championships and as crew on J24 keelboats. (PR/BA)