Narragansett Bay Sunfish Nationals Draw International Competition
July 31, 2011
A great article by Cindy VanSchalkwyk in on EastBayRI.com details the experience of some youthful international sailors in the recent Sunfish North American Championship held in Barrington, Rhode Island.
Here’s an excerpt:
Ivan Eduardo Aponte Taboas, 18, has been sailing since he was six years old and it shows. He sailed well in the Sunfish North American Championship held last week and over the weekend in Barrington; he came in second in the open division, and first in the youth division. Taboas said this is the last year he can compete in the youth division because of his age. This was Ivan’s first time in Rhode Island. He has competed in other places in the world, and is preparing for the Pan Am Games in Mexico. He will soon be starting college in his native Puerto Rico, and intends to major in pre-med at Recinto Universitario de Mayaguez, planning an eventual specialty as an orthopedic doctor.
Learning the ropes: “My grandfather, he gave a gift to me. He bought me sailing lessons for my sixth birthday. I’ll never forget that. Ever since, I just fell in love with sailing. It’s just magical, everything related with water. Eventually my parents bought a beach-front house. I just started sailing from near my house; no club affiliations.”