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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.

Christopher Colombus sighted Little Cayman and Cayman Brac on May 10, 1503 on his fourth and final voyage to the New World. He named the islands Las Tortugas (The Turtles) because so many turtles were seen.

Christopher Columbus sighted Little Cayman and Cayman Brac on May 10, 1503
on his fourth and final voyage to the New World.
He named the islands Las Tortugas (The Turtles)
because so many turtles were seen.

 

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.

HMS Convert, Wreck of the Ten Sail Feb.8, 1794

HMS Convert, Wreck of the Ten Sail
Feb.8, 1794

1794 Wreck of the Ten Sail, Maritime Heritage Trail, East End, Grand Cayman

1794 Wreck of the Ten Sail, Maritime Heritage Trail, East End, Grand Cayman

 

Catboats

Catboats were used for many things, including delivering the mail.

Catboat stamp 1980 - delivering the mail by Catboat, late 19th. Century.

Catboat stamp 1980 – delivering the mail late 19th. Century.

Catboat stamps

Cayman Islands Catboats - stamps release date Aug. 31, 2011

Cayman Islands Catboats – stamps release date Aug. 31, 2011

Cayman Cultural Series Part 3, release date Aug.31, 2011

Catboat stamps, Cayman Cultural issue #3, release date Aug. 31, 2011.

Catboat stamps, Cayman Cultural issue #3,  Aug. 31, 2011.

Catboat Stamps Information Sheet Aug. 31, 2011

Catboats - Cayman Islands stamps, Cultural Series Part 3 - information sheet. Release date: Aug. 31, 2011.

Catboats – Cayman Islands stamps, Cultural Series Part 3 – information sheet.
Release date: 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.

Chisholm Cat - Catboat Race in North Sound, off George Town Barcadere Photo: Ann Stafford, May 2, 2010

Chisholm Cat – Catboat Race in North Sound, off George Town Barcadere
Photo: Ann Stafford, May 2, 2010

Catboats - drawings by kind permission of Jerris Miller, President of the Cayman Catboat Club. Compiled by Ann Stafford, Aug. 2006.

Catboats – drawings by kind permission of Jerris Miller, President of the Cayman Catboat Club.
Compiled by Ann Stafford, Aug. 2006.

 

Catboat woods:

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.

Catbaot Woods - some of the local woods that were used in traditional Caymanian Catboat construction. Ann Stafford, 2007.

Catbaot Woods – some of the local woods that were used in traditional Caymanian Catboat construction.
Ann Stafford, 2007.

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.

Easter Regatta Origins, Newstar June 1990

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

CI Sailing Club beginnings CISC Yearbook 2006

1976 IYRU World Youth Sailing Championships

Toronto, Canada.  Gerry Kirkconnell represented Cayman.

1980 John E. Stafford’s ARIES, George Town harbour.

1980 aboard John E. Stafford's ARIES - Johnny, Gail, Eva and Jay Aiken, John Michael and Ann Stafford, George Town harbour, Oct.25.

1980 aboard John E. Stafford’s ARIES – Johnny, Gail, Eva and Jay Aiken, John Michael and Ann Stafford, George Town harbour, Oct.25.

1980 The Gamma, a 200 foot steel freighter, ran aground off Pageant Beach during a Nor’wester, Nov. 9.

Gamma runs aground during a Nor'wester Photo: Ann Stafford, Nov.9, 1980

Gamma runs aground during a Nor’wester
Photo: Ann Stafford, Nov. 9, 1980

1980 The (New Zealand) yacht Kahurangi ran aground (in West Bay) during an early season Nor’wester on Nov. 9.

Kahurangi ran aground during a Nor'wester. Photo: Ann Stafford, Nov.9, 1980

Kahurangi ran aground during a Nor’wester.
Photo: Ann Stafford, Nov. 9, 1980

 

1980 First Round-the-Island Race for the Governor’s Sound Cup

John E. Stafford in ARIES wins the Governor's Sound Cup, 1980

John E. Stafford in ARIES wins the Governor’s Sound Cup, 1980

1980 Nov. 29: John Stafford’s ARIES wins the first Round-the-Island Cruiser sailing race
Governor’s Sound Cup.
There were 5 boats in the race – Canac, Sea Gypsy, Caronade and Honey.
It was very windy, there was a cold front. The waves were almost vertical going through North Sound’s main Channel. Prize-giving was at Lime Tree Bay. Helen Mairs presented the Governor’s Sound Cup, Nov.30.

1981 The itinerant Grand Cayman Yacht Club stored boats on Seven Mile Beach, but had to keep moving location.

Lasers on Seven Mile Beach, 1981

Lasers on Seven Mile Beach, 1981. Photo: Ann Stafford

1981 Laser sailboats at Plantana and where the Great House now is, Seven Mile Beach.

1982 North Sound Cruiser Series

John E. Stafford's ARIES, North Sound Cruiser Series, Feb. 7.

John E. Stafford’s ARIES, North Sound Cruiser Series, February 7.

Carson, Gerry, Debbie, John Michael aboard ARIES, 1982

Carson, Gerry, Debbie, John Michael aboard ARIES, 1982

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.

1982 North Sound Cruiser Series after-race raft-up, March 28

1982 North Sound Cruiser Series after-race raft-up, March 28.  Photo: Ann Stafford.

1982 North Sound Cruiser Series, after-race raft-up from sea-level, Mar. 28

1982 North Sound Cruiser Series, after-race raft-up from sea-level, Mar. 28. Photo: Ann Stafford.

 

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 Los Angeles Olympics, 470 sailors Carson Ebanks and John Bodden. World Youth sailor, John Michael Stafford looks on. Photo: Ann Stafford, Long Beach Marina, California, Aug. 3.

1984 Los Angeles Olympics, 470 sailors Carson Ebanks and John Bodden.
World Youth sailor, John Michael Stafford looks on.
Photo: Ann Stafford, Long Beach Marina, California, Aug. 3.

 

1984 IYRU World Youth Sailing Championship

San Diego, California, USA.   John Michael Stafford represented Cayman, single-handed Laser Class.

1984 World Youth Sailing Championship, John Michael and John E. Stafford,  Opening Ceremonies, San Diego Yacht Club, California.  Photo: Ann Stafford, Aug.13.

1984 World Youth Sailing Championship, John Michael and John E. Stafford,
Opening Ceremonies, San Diego Yacht Club, California.
Photo: Ann Stafford, Aug.13.

1984 World Youth Sailing Championship, Cayman's Laser sailor John Michael Stafford and America's Cup skipper and San Diego Yacht Club  Commodore, Dennis Connor. Photo: Ann Stafford, Aug.13.

1984 World Youth Sailing Championship, Cayman’s Laser sailor John Michael Stafford and America’s Cup skipper and San Diego Yacht Club Commodore, Dennis Connor.
Photo: Ann Stafford, Aug.13.

 

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.

1985 World Youth Sailing Championship, St Moritz, Switzerland,  John Michael Stafford, Nick Munyard and David Walker.  Photo: Ann Stafford, July 22.

1985 World Youth Sailing Championship, St Moritz, Switzerland,
John Michael Stafford, Nick Munyard and David Walker.
Photo: Ann Stafford, July 22.

 

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

1987 John E. Stafford's JACANA wins the Compass Cup for finishing first in the Jamaica to Grand Cayman Pirates Week Sailboat Race, Oct.26.

1987 John E. Stafford’s JACANA wins the Compass Cup for finishing first in the Jamaica to Grand Cayman Pirates Week Sailboat Race, Oct.26.

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.

1989 Miami to Montego Bay Race course - 811 miles.

1989 Miami to Montego Bay Race course – 811 miles.

1989 John E. Stafford's J-35 JACANA at the start of the Miami  to Montego Race, Feb.3

1989 John E. Stafford’s J-35 JACANA at the start of the Miami to Montego Race, Feb.3

1989 Miami to Montego Bay Race for the Pineapple Cup, started on Feb. 3.
John E. Stafford’s 35 ft  JACANA, a J-35, at the start of the 811 mile race,
the first boat from the Cayman Islands to enter the race, held every two years.
JACANA finished 5th. overall and was awarded the trophy for the smallest boat.

1989 JACANA crosses the finish line 5th. overall in the 811 mile Miami to Montego Bay Race.

1989 JACANA crosses the finish line 5th. overall in the 811 mile Miami to Montego Bay Race.

JACANA, John E. Stafford’s J-35, was in fifth place across the finish line in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
The 35ft. JACANA won the prize for the smallest boat and was the first ever entry from the Cayman Islands.
John E. Stafford – owner/skipper and crew Peter Stafford, Paul Sleep – navigator, John Bodden – Grand Cayman Yacht Club Commodore, Jerris Miller, Mark Clarke, Jeff Parker, Peter Nicholson and Eric Stilton.
Feb. 10, 1989.

1990 J-22 sailboats arrive on Grand Cayman

1990 Launching of John Michael Stafford's J-22 at Harbour House Marina. Photo: Ann Stafford, Feb.14, 1990.

1990 Launching of John Michael Stafford’s J-22 at Harbour House Marina.
Photo: Ann Stafford, Feb.14, 1990.

John Michael Stafford's J-22 - first sail from launch at Harbour House Marina to dock at North Sound Estates, Feb.14, 1990.

John Michael Stafford’s J-22 – first sail from launch at Harbour House Marina to dock at North Sound Estates, Feb.14, 1990.

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

1992 Grand Cayman Yacht Club Development Plan

1992 Grand Cayman Yacht Club Development Plan

 

1993 Round-the-Island Race, Easter Regatta, April 11

JACANA, John E. Stafford’s J-35 sets a new over-the-line record: 5hrs. 38mins. 15 sec.

Round-the-Island Race, Easter Regatta, John E. Stafford's JACANA, April 11, 1993

Round-the-Island Race, Easter Regatta,
John E. Stafford’s JACANA, April 11, 1993

 

New Beginnings by Dominic Tonner

Cayman Islands Sailing Club Yearbook 2006

CI Sailing Club new beginnings CISC Yearbook 2006

(after Hurricane Ivan in September. 2004)

1996 Sailing at the  Atlanta Summer Olympic Games:

Mixed One Person Dinghy

1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics – Mixed One Person Dinghy Results

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.

1996 ATLANTA Olympics - Sailing - Laser class stamp.

1996 ATLANTA Olympics – Sailing – Laser class stamp.

Centenary of the Modern Olympic Games 1896-1996 – Cayman Islands 10cent stamp.

2004 Hurricane Ivan

hits Grand Cayman, Sept.12/13

2004 Boats at the Cayman Islands Sailing Club after Hurricane Ivan hit Grand Cayman on Sept.12/13. Photo: Ann Stafford, Sept.15, 2004

2004 Boats at the Cayman Islands Sailing Club after Hurricane Ivan hit Grand Cayman on Sept.12/13.
Photo: Ann Stafford, Sept.15, 2004

Cayman Islands Sailing Club after Hurricane Ivan. Sept.15, 2004

Cayman Islands Sailing Club after Hurricane Ivan.
Sept.15, 2004

Recovery

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