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Antiguan sailors preparing to make waves at prestigious international event

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by Edwin Gifford (Antigua Observer) Nine of Antigua’s best young sailors, including Olympian Jalese Gordon and two-time America’s Cup champion Shannon Falcone, will be competing as a team in the qualifying rounds of the Star Sailors League (SSL) Gold Cup world championship.

The event, which starts May 15 on Lake Neuchatel in Switzerland, is the global inshore sailing circuit launched by Olympic athletes in 2012. It has been recognised as a “special event” by governing body World Sailing since 2017, and its philosophy considers the athletes – rather than the boats – as the ‘stars’.

Team member Rocco Falcone, Antigua Dragon champion and Shannon’s younger brother, tells Observer, “The purpose of the Star Sailors League Gold Cup is to have an event that makes sailing more accessible for all countries and to make a tournament kind of like the World Cup for sailing, where it is country versus country and everyone has the same gear and the same boats and it’s not a matter of who has the best gear, rather a matter of who has the best skill.”

He continues, “Our team has sailed together for many years and that is a big advantage. While the other countries may have higher ranked sailors, these sailors might be small boat sailors who might have to adapt to keel boat sailing. Our team has been sailing keel boats together for years.”

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