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St. Croix’s Peter Stanton Gets Territory’s First Medal At Central American and Caribbean Games

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BARRANQUILLA — St. Croix sailor Peter Stanton finished with a bronze in the sunfish division to claim the territory’s first medal in the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games in Colombia on Wednesday.

Stanton, working out of the St. Croix Yacht Club, is an accomplished sailor having won local sunfish regattas and represented the U.S. Virgin Islands in international and national events, including previous CAC and Pan American Games.

The regatta was held at Marina Puerto Velero, the same venue used for the 2018 South American Championships earlier this year.

Twelve sailors, each representing a different nation, participated at this year’s Olympic-style regional games.

David Hernandez had a tight battle with Cuba’s Lester Hernandez, trading firsts and seconds over the course of the 9-race series.

The Cuban sailor clinched the silver medal, while Stanton took the third-place trophy.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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