The Byte Class of Bermuda is extremely
pleased to host the 6th running of the Byte World Championships, which
will be sailed in CIIs on the Great Sound and run out of the Spanish
Point Boat Club. Use the Info Tree at left to navigate but realize that
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Keep an eye on this page for the latest news.
Singapore tops! Nicholas de Cruz new Byte World Champion, Elizabeth Yin Women's World Champion
July 8, 2006
The last two races sailed in lighter, but very shifty winds, did not change the top places from yesterday's standings but did shake up 3, 4 and 5. See Daily Comentary
Updates on the racing with lots of photos available!
July 5, 2006
For the latest updates on all the racing activity with daily comments and lots of photos, look under the Racing section on the menu at the left of this page then click on Daily Comments.
There's tons of awesome photos so be sure to look for your favourite! Names of sailors mentioned in the Daily Comments are also links to their profile page where you can see their bios and photo. The Race Results page also contains links to competitor's profiles within the actual results.
The Hon. Dale Butler opens the Arch Byte CII Worlds
July 4, 2006
The Opening Ceremonies for the 2006 Byte CII World Championships
moved to the beat of the Gombey dancers and drummers and the energy and
enthusiasm of the Hon. Dale Butler, Bermuda's Minister
of Community Affairs and Sport. A Sunfish and Laser sailor, he was completely
at home amongst the sailors.
John Gardner, Public Relations Officer for the event, kicked off
the twilight ceremony with a welcome to all and a sincere word of
thanks to the Spanish Point Boat Club's Commodore, Terry Rance, for the superb
staging of the Event. He then introduced Preston Hutchings, representing the
Title Sponsor, Arch Capital Group Ltd. who welcomed the competitors to Bermuda as part of
the continuing, long standing, relationship between the Islanders and the sea.
Then up went the Country flags of Canada, Denmark, Great
Britain, Italy, Singapore, United
States and Bermuda.
John Gardner then called on Minister Butler to open the Championship. The
Minister, in an eloquent and passionate speech, charged the competitors to use
the event as a wonderful opportunity to befriend fellow sailors from
different countries and cultures and, above all, to enjoy themselves to the
fullest while maintaining the highest standards of sportsmanship.
Then, in came the Gombey dancers...
and the steel
pan drummers who treated the visitors to some real down-to-earth Island beat! Not surprisingly, the Minister was the first out on the field
amongst the dancers showing a really good turn of foot! This encouraged some of
the competitors to try strutting their stuff before the dancing wound up for
food and refreshments. A more pleasant evening could not be imagined!
Minister Dale Butler in an animated discussion with juror Dick Kemp and Head of
the Jury, Harry Kieth.
Social Schedule - July 3rd-8th
June 27, 2006
Opening Ceremony Reception -
Monday, July 3rd - -
Flag Raising and Regatta Welcome
Bermuda Gombey Performance
Calvin Crookshanks - Steel Pan
Drinks and Appetizers hosted by Spanish Point Boat Club.
Open bar from .Happy hour prices after (*see note below)
Dress - Casual
Beach BBQ -
Wednesday, July 5th -
Menu - BBQ chicken, Macaroni and cheese, beans (with and without Chirico) coleslaw and dessert.
Competitors, Jury and RC - No charge for dinner; drinks at Happy Hour prices. (*see note below)
Friends and Family - $10 each, tickets available at Regatta Office
Accompaniments: Corn on the Cob, Assortment of Fresh Vegetables
Entrees from the BBQ: Spare Ribs, Kebab of Wahoo & Tuna, Kebab of Chicken & Pineapple
Desserts: Chocolate Mousse, Profiteroles with Chocolate Sauce, Fresh Fruit Flan
Competitors, Jury, RC and Invited guests - No charge for dinner. Cash Bar. (*see note below)
Friends and Family - $30 each, tickets will be available for purchase at the Regatta Office.
*Note: The legal drinking age in Bermuda is 18.All competitors will be issued with wristbands at registration which must be worn through out the competition.The wristbands are colour coded by age; underage consumption of alcoholic beverages will not be tolerated.
During the Regatta Week (Monday, July 3rd- Saturday, July 8th)
�Breakfast items will be available for purchase at the Club each morning from
There will be a choice of pastries, fruit, juices, etc.
Tea and coffee will be available all day at no cost.
�Lunches will be available for purchase at the Club each morning starting with the first day of racing on Tuesday, July 4th to take out on the water for $5.00 per lunch bag. This will consist of a sandwich, fruit, potato chips and cookie.
Drinks: Orange and Apple juice will be $1.00 per 10 oz bottleand the other soft drinks are $1.50.each.
�Complimentary After-Sailing Pasta will be available to all competitors on Tuesday, July 4th, Thursday, July 6th and Friday, July 7th following the day�s racing at approximately
Ronstan on board to sponsor the Pre-Worlds Event
June 26, 2006
In lieu of the normal, meaningless, practice race which is run before most major championships, The Ronstan Pre-Worlds are scheduled as a 2-race Series to be sailed on the first day of the Championship prior to the start of racing for the main event. The award for the series is a major grant towards travel, chartering and registration for the 2007 World Championship. For additional information and also to view some of the additional prizes being offered by Ronstan for the World Championships, visit the Trophies Page.
PS2019 adds custom designed Rashguards to the list of trophies for the event
June 26, 2006
For more information on the placings receiving the rashguards, please visit the Trophies Page
Event T shirts now on display
June 26, 2006
The gorgeous and highly original T shirts, designed for the Championships by Event Committee Manager Judy Gardner, are now on display and will be issued to all the competitors at Registration.
Revision to NOR - Registration extended to June 12th.
May 31, 2006
In order to accommodate some overseas competitors who are still in the process of arranging sponsorship to attend the event, the Organizing Committee has revised the NOR, extending the Registration deadline to June 12th.
Arch Capital Group Ltd. , the Title Sponsor, presents their cheque
February 11, 2006
Preston Hutchings, Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Arch Capital Group Ltd., presents a cheque for the company's sponsorship to Judy Gardner, the Event Committee Manager at a gathering at the Spanish Point Boat Club.
Shown with Preston Hutchings and attending for the Committe, from left to right, Pam Saraiva, Judy Gardner, Pat Young and Leatrice Roman.
Bermuda Byte sailors on hand for presentation
February 11, 2006
A group of Bermuda's CII sailors were on hand at the Spanish Point Boat Club as Preston Hutchings, SVP and Chief Investment Officer for Arch Capital Group Ltd., presented the company's sponsorsip cheque to the Event Committee.
Front row: Ryan Saraiva; Campbell Duffy; Cameron Pimentel; Madeline Gardner. Back row: Pam Saraiva, Event Committee; Stevie Dickinson, Judy Gardner, Event Committee; Preston Hutchings; Pat Young, Event Committee and Byte Class of Bermuda President; Leatrice Roman, Event Committee.