Three Virgin Islands Sailors Chosen for All-America Team

The Virgin Islands Daily News reports that the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Asso­ciation has just named Thomas Barrows—a 2006 graduate of Antilles School and Virgin Islands Daily News Athlete of the Year—as the 2010 College Sailor of the Year. The award recognizes sailors with outstanding performances during the previous year. Along with fellow Virgin Islanders Taylor Canfield and Cy Thompson, he was chosen the All-America Sailing Team.

Barrows, a graduating senior from Yale University and four-time recipient of ICSA All-American honors, was recognized for his numerous wins in A-Division racing over the course of the 2009-2010 Season. He received the Everett B. Morris Trophy. In selecting Barrows as the recipient of the prestigious award, the review panel noted that “his wins were sometimes by a wide margin, combined with a strong race record, and he had a level of consistency over a large record that was astonishing.” His name will be added to the permanent ICSA Hall of Fame display at the Robert Crown Sailing Center at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Barrows has competed for the Virgin Islands in many international competitions, most notably the 2008 Olympic Games in which he finished 21st out of 43 competing nations. He also competed in the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil and placed ninth overall. Barrows will next compete for the territory in the Central American and Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico in July with a goal of qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Canfield, a junior at Boston College, was instrumental for his team’s win of its first ICSA National Championship on June 3, 2010, in Madison, Wisconsin. His team also won the Leonard M. Fowle Memorial Trophy, given to the college team of the year.

Thompson, a junior at Roger Williams University, was named among the best collegiate sailors for his strong performance during the season. His team finished 12th overall in the National Championships. Thompson won the Virgin Islands’ only gold medal at the 2006 CAC Games.

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