1503 May 10 Columbus sighted Cayman Brac and Little Cayman
on his 4th. and final voyage and named them Las Tortugas, because of all the turtles. Over the next 100 years, the name Caymanas or Cayman became common.
1794 Wreck of the Ten Sail:
ten ships, including HMS Convert, the navy ship leading a convoy of 58 merchantmen, wrecked on the East End reef.
Catboats were used for many things, including delivering the mail.
Cayman Cultural Series Part 3, release date Aug.31, 2011
Catboat Stamps Information Sheet Aug. 31, 2011
1934 Allan Wolsey Cardinall
newly appointed Commissioner of the Cayman Islands, founded the Cayman Islands Yacht and Sailing Club
1935 January Regatta, the first Cayman Islands Regatta. It was held in late January, between the shark-fishing and turtling seasons when most of the island’s working vessels were back in their home port for refitting. There may have been as many as 20 schooners and 100 catboats.
some of the Cayman native trees that were used in Catboat construction: Fiddlewood – Petitia domingensis, Silver Thatch – Coccothrinax proctorii, (for rope), Sea Grape – Coccoloba uvifera, Mahogany – Swietenia mahagoni, Pompero – Hypelate trifoliata, Spanish Elm – Cordia gerascanthus, Popnut (Plopnut) – Thespesia populnea, Pepper Cinnamon – Canella winterana, and West Indian Cedar – Cedrela odorata.
1964 Easter Regatta
The Origins of the Grand Cayman Easter Regatta
The present-day Easter Regatta started in 1964 with the encouragement of various hotels, who saw it as an obvious attraction to visitors as well as residents. However, the idea seems to have originated back in 1934 when the newly appointed Commissioner, Mr. (later Sir) Allan Wolsey Cardinall founded the Cayman Islands Yacht and Sailing Club.
Published in NEWSTAR magazine June 1990, Courtesy of the Cayman Islands Museum Office.
The beginnings of the Cayman Islands Sailing Club and Easter Regatta
as remembered by Neil Cruickshank
1976 IYRU World Youth Sailing Championships
Toronto, Canada. Gerry Kirkconnell represented Cayman.
1980 John E. Stafford’s ARIES, George Town harbour.
1980 The Gamma, a 200 foot steel freighter, ran aground off Pageant Beach during a Nor’wester, Nov. 9.
1980 The (New Zealand) yacht Kahurangi ran aground (in West Bay) during an early season Nor’wester on Nov. 9.
1980 First Round-the-Island Race for the Governor’s Sound Cup
1981 The itinerant Grand Cayman Yacht Club stored boats on Seven Mile Beach, but had to keep moving location.
1982 North Sound Cruiser Series
Carson Ebanks, Gerry and Debbie Kirkconnell and John Michael Stafford aboard John E. Stafford’s 30ft. Ericson, ARIES, North Sound, Grand Cayman, Feb. 7, 1982.
1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games
Los Angeles, California, USA; sailing venue: Long Beach. John Bodden and Carson Ebanks represented Cayman in the 470 Class.
1984 IYRU World Youth Sailing Championship
San Diego, California, USA. John Michael Stafford represented Cayman, single-handed Laser Class.
1985 IYRU World Youth Sailing Championship
St. Moritz, Switzerland. Cayman was represented by John Michael Stafford in the single-handed Laser Class and Nick Munyard and David Walker in Windsurfer Class.
1986 Central American and Caribbean Games
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; sailing venue: Boca Chica. Mark Clarke and John Michael Stafford represented Cayman.
1987 Pan American Games
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; sailing venue – Michigan City
1987 Jamaica to Grand Cayman Pirates Week Sailboat Race for the Compass Cup
1988 The Grand Cayman Yacht Club purchased a parcel of land on North Sound at Red Bay. The club site continued to be developed as funds allowed.
1989 Miami to Montego Bay Race – 811 miles
The first time a boat from Cayman had entered the race.
JACANA,was in fifth place across the finish line in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
1990 J-22 sailboats arrive on Grand Cayman
1990 A dock launching ramp and crane were installed at the Club’s site in Red Bay.
1991 An access road was built.
1992 Grand Cayman Yacht Club Development Plan
1993 Round-the-Island Race, Easter Regatta, April 11
New Beginnings by Dominic Tonner
Cayman Islands Sailing Club Yearbook 2006
(after Hurricane Ivan in September. 2004)
1996 Sailing at the Atlanta Summer Olympic Games:
Mixed One Person Dinghy
John van Batenburg Stafford (John Michael) CAY placed 39th. out of 56 nations, the best ever Olympics Sailing result for Cayman in any class. The Sailing venue was Savannah. Georgia.
Centenary of the Modern Olympic Games 1896-1996 – Cayman Islands 10cent stamp.
2004 Hurricane Ivan
hits Grand Cayman, Sept.12/13