49th BVI Spring Regatta Postponed Until 2022

Tortola, British Virgin Islands – February 25, 2021 – The 49th BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, which was scheduled for March 29 to April 4, 2021, has been postponed until 2022 following deep consideration by all entities involved. The BVI Spring Regatta Committee, after discussions with the BVI Government Ministry of Health, concluded that the postponement was in the best interests for the safety of all participants, volunteers, and the wider BVI community.

Following in the steps of many of the major Caribbean regattas that have also been postponed, the Spring Regatta was anticipating offering world class racing and camaraderie for all participants.

“As much as we would have loved to welcome everyone back to the BVI, the most important factors are health and safety for all,” Judy Petz, Regatta Director, stated. “Our international participants understand the situation and are already planning for the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival in March 2022.”

Nanny Cay Marina awaits our return in 2022. Photo credit ©Alastair Abrehart

The postponement of the event is a financial blow to the non-profit entity which organizes this internationally respected sailing event, as well as to the BVI community, which typically enjoys a positive economic impact from the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival of approximately $4 million each year. This loss to the local economy these past two years due to the pandemic has been devastating, particularly to the yachting sector.

The regatta committee would also like to thank all of our sponsors during these unpredictable times. Their continued support enables us to move forward and take the event to an even higher level of racing and participation. The committee would also like to extend a thank you to the participants who had planned to attend.

“We hope that as Covid-19 vaccination programs progress and international travel restrictions are lifted that it will become safer for people to travel and participate in events like ours,” Petz continued. “We look forward to making next year a terrific event, one that all of our participants, sponsors and the community can look forward to.”

Antigua Sailing Week 2021 Cancelled

Event organisers will be joining local government and the international community in working to limit and eradicate the COVID-19 spread by cancelling the 2021 edition of Antigua Sailing Week (ASW), including the Peters & May Round Antigua Race, which were scheduled for later this year – April 24 – 30.

The timing of this decision for the cancellation was taken after in-depth consideration of the obligations participants have to charter companies, hotels and villa companies, shipping companies, and also taking into account international travel restrictions and an inability to organize an impenetrable bubble for the safety of all participants, volunteers and the wider community.

Starting Sequence of the English Harbour Rum Race Day in 2018 © Paul Wyeth www.pwpictures.com

With its position as the anchor event of an already uneventful Caribbean racing season, interest in the event was strong. “With entries still coming in we were grappling with finding the right formula to accommodate those interests, but with the increased restrictions being put in place to manage the further spread of COVID-19, cancellation is the only possible outcome at this time,” stated ASW President and Commercial Director, Alison Sly-Adams.

She went on to say, “For over 50 years we have looked forward to hosting the return of new and old friends to ASW as much as the sailors look forward to the epic racing conditions. This cancellation, while being the right thing to do, hurts our sailing soul. We are truly excited to get back to what we love, the business of yacht racing, next year.”

The cancellation of the 2021 event further compounds the financial blow to the non-profit entity which organizes this internationally respected event, as well as to the greater local community. The staging of the event results in a positive economic impact for the destination to the tune of EC$6 million each year. This is a giant loss to the economy of Antigua and to the yachting sector in particular.

Minister of Tourism and Investment, Charles Fernandez said of the cancellation: “We are disappointed to have to cancel the event for a second year. Not only is it very important to us as an economy, but for many of us, it is our favourite time of year when we come together as a community with our visitors to celebrate the wonderful yachting season. This year, however, as a destination we are prioritizing managing the health care system and the vaccination programme for the good of the community, which in the long term will allow us to welcome back our visitors safely. In fact, we have started planning for 2022 and intend to make it bigger and better than ever.”

Participants on the 2021 entry list can opt to have entry fees transferred to 2022 which is scheduled for April 30 – May 6. However, they must re-enter via the 2022 entry page.

ANTIGUA SAILING WEEK
For full details on Antigua Sailing Week and the Peters & May Round Antigua Race including daily news, photos, videos and results, visit the official website:http://www.sailingweek.com.

Antigua Sailing Week, considered one of the Caribbean’s most prestigious regattas, is held annually at the end of April and the 53rd edition will commence with the Peters & May Round Antigua Race on Saturday, April 30, 2022. Following that will be five days of competitive racing off the rugged south coast of Antigua, which will wrap up on Friday, May 6, 2022.

St. Thomas International Regatta Set for March 26-28, Warm-Up Round the Rocks Race March 25

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The starting horn is set to sound on the 2021 St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) March 26 to 28, launching three days of keen competition in one of the world’s top yacht racing destinations. Board members of the host St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC) and STIR organizers have worked diligently and with strong support from the United States Virgin Islands Departments of Tourism and Health to plan a best of both worlds event. That is, highly competitive yacht racing with COVID-19 protocols in place on land and sea to protect the health and safety of sailors and island residents alike. The warm-up distance-style Round the Rocks Race on March 25 adds another great way for sailors to socially-distance at sea. Register for both at stthomasinternationalregatta.com

“It is our pleasure to welcome participants attending this year’s St. Thomas International Regatta. I commend the St. Thomas Yacht Club for ensuring that COVID-19 protocols are in place so competitors and spectators can safely enjoy the action both on and off our waters. We encourage everyone to comply with the Territory’s safety measures as they navigate our islands, experience our beautiful waters, rich history and culture, and the warmth of our people,” says Joseph Boschulte, Commissioner of Tourism, U.S. Virgin Islands.

COVID-Safe Top of Mind

Sound COVID-19 protocols implemented by the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands have kept infection rates low. Key among these is that every traveler, age 5 and older, entering the territory by air or sea, is required to use the USVI Travel Screening Portal and submit a COVID-19 test result before travel. https://usvitravelportal.com/ On arrival, social distancing is the rule and, in most businesses, ‘No Mask, No Service’ is in force.

At STIR, social distancing, mask-wearing, and hand sanitization stations are among COVID-19 protocols. On the water, crews in boats such as the one-design IC24 are limited to three this year, and bigger boat classes will remain in social bubbles throughout the regatta. Onshore, there will be staggered class finishes especially on the final day with two awards ceremonies planned. Beverage stations will be set up in different locations on the STYC property to prevent exceeding the currently mandated COVID capacity. Plus, sailors will be encouraged to spread out and sample the many St. Thomas restaurants rather than crowding at the Club in the evenings. The local business community has long supported STIR and organizers want to again reciprocate in these challenging times.

Who’s Racing

Nearly 30 yachts were registered for STIR 2021 at the beginning of February, with several more expected to enter. Classes include CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association) Racing, CSA Non-Spinnaker, One-Design IC24, One-Design Hobie Wave, and PHRF. The PHRF class, which does not require a CSA handicap to enter, is ideal for the many cruising boats now in Virgin Islands waters.

The big boat CSA Racing Class entries include Fox, a Botin 52 owned by the USA’s Victor Wild, a member of the New York Yacht Club; Liquid, the perpetually podium placing J/122 raced by Antigua’s Pamala Baldwin; and Blitz, St. Thomas’ Peter Corr’s highly competitive King 40.

“Sailing in the Virgin Islands is magical. The weather is beautiful, the trade winds are very good and strong, the water is warm, and the people are amazing. Having no Caribbean racing last year, we were all looking forward to a great season in 2021. Racing with the Caribbean rules and numbers determines the boats in each class and the races are very close. That says a lot about the competition,” says Corr.

Likely the largest class in STIR 2021 will be the One-Design IC24s with near 20 entries. Chicago, Illinois’ Joe Hummel, his wife and friends will charter an IC from the St. Thomas Sailing Center (STSC) to race.

“My wife and I are avid sailors and sail our C&C 115 on Lake Michigan. In the off-season, we try to get out sailing and typically visit St. Pete in February and the Caribbean in March. Four of us will be racing, and since the crew is limited to 3 this year, we’ll be rotating one off each day. Given the 2 feet of snow and freezing temperatures at home, you can imagine how much we’re looking forward to sailing and enjoying USVI and in particular STYC.”

The single-handed Hobie Wave class offers fun for weekend and family sailors. St. Thomas’ father and son, Mark and Julian van den Driessche are both sailing Waves.

“I’m looking forward to sailing in St. Thomas’ usual 12 to 15 knots of breeze. My 19-year-old son will be in the fleet and I am hoping that there will be a little intrafamily competition on the course,” says Mark, the senior van den Driessche.

“What I love about Hobies is that they’re the gateway to sailing. People who have no experience in sailing can learn easily. It was one of the only boats I had sailed in 2020 and 2021 so far. I don’t think I could’ve got through 2020 If it wasn’t for Hobie racing, the Thursday night race series and the people who participated in it,” says Julian.

There are several types of race boats available to charter for STIR 2021. These include IC24s and Hobie Waves from the STSC. The UK’s LV Yachting Ltd. is chartering its Pata Negra (Marc Lombard 46), Sailplane 3 (Mat 12), Phan (GP42), Addictive Sailing (a TS5 catamaran), and Escapado (Beneteau First 40.7) for STIR 2021. Perennial podium placer, El Ocaso (J/122) is available from Caribbean Yacht Racing. OnDeck based in Antigua is chartering its Spirit of Juno (Farr 65) by the individual crew spot and Ortac (Beneteau First 40.7) for whole boat race charters. Plus, J-aguar (J/120) can be chartered by the whole boat or individual crew spots from St. Lucia-based Caribbean Races.

Getting Here is Easy

Traveling to St. Thomas is easy! The following airlines fly direct from major U.S. cities: American (Charlotte, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, New York, Philadelphia), Delta (Atlanta, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York), Frontier (Orlando), JetBlue (Boston, San Juan), Spirit (Fort Lauderdale), Sun Country (Minneapolis-St. Paul) and United (Houston, Chicago, Newark, Washington Dulles). Airlines connecting St. Thomas to the Caribbean include Air Sunshine, Cape Air and Silver/Seaborne Airlines.

Available accommodations on St. Thomas in the Cowpet Bay area where the regatta takes place include hotels, B&Bs, resorts, villas, condos, VRBO rentals and Airbnb’s. For more information, visit: www.visitusvi.com and usvihta.com

Strong Sponsor Support

The STYC and STIR organizers thank the USVI Department of Tourism; Michelob Ultra, Stoli, Bacardi, and Milagro distributed by West Indies Company; and several other sponsors organizers look forward to announcing shortly.

How to enter

For more information, call (340) 690-3681, Email: dave@stthomassailingcenter.com For more information, visit stthomasinternationalregatta.com For the Notice of Race (NOR) and to register, visit yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=14270 STIR is also on Facebook!

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Wind! Speed! Smiles! And…..Action! All was in place for the final day of the third annual Caribbean Multihull Challenge

Race day 2, sponsored by Oris Swiss watches, and the final day of the third annual Caribbean Multihull Challenge. This weekend was full of action, with lots of tactical decisions and more than anything, a ton of fun. It was handicap racing at its best with a full mixture of boats in the racing class, with most boats taking a first at one point during the weekend. Tryst, a Dick Newick, Trice II, took the win in the Racing class and Aravilla/Maritime School West Indies came out as the big winner, winning first place in the Cruising class and taking home the First Place Leopard trophy and Winner Overall.

Today the wind was on, with gusts up to the mid-twenties, the big cats were excited to get to the starting area, the smaller boats arrived slightly more anxious. Race committee made a fantastic call and kept the whole fleet on the leeward side for the first race, sending both classes to Marigot Bay and back. A second race was only sailed by the racing class, taking them to Proselyte Reef off Philipsburg, up to Plum Point and back to Simpson Bay.

In racing class Arawak’s Rodney Williams and Francois Nel were looking for better wind conditions after yesterday’s race, and they got what they asked for. With a recorded 22 knots as fastest boat speed this Custom Joubert/Nivelt 52 kept up admirably with the HH66 Nemo all the way to Plum Point. Still, after an hour and 45 minutes of racing, Nemo took a lead of approximately 3 miles, showing the true speed of this luxury racing Super Cat. Arawak wasn’t in the least disappointed. “We had a beautiful time out on the water this weekend, but today was really our type of sailing. The second race out to Proselyte was intense, but we still had a lot of fun racing it. Our class was really a mixture of brilliant boats, each with their own ups and downs. We were in particular impressed by Le Tri, they showed some impressive racing skills this weekend.” Concluded Rodney and Francois at prize giving.

The first leg of the race saw another marvelous start of Le Tri, with Nemo close behind. It didn’t take long before Nemo settled in, filled its sails and simply took off! Le Tri was no match for the 20 knots that Nemo produced in mere minutes and quickly was overtaken, leaving it ready for its day long battle with Jetwave Avalon. The first mark was quickly rounded by Nemo and Arawak, followed by Le Tri and Jetwave Avalon. Enola had to put in an extra tack to make the mark before it could set off for Plum Bay, giving Tryst a chance to close the gap.

In these windy conditions the boat to watch was of course HH66 Nemo. It is hard to imagine that she came straight from the production factory to Sint Maarten and sailed her first race yesterday morning. With the fastest recorded speed of 27 knots, this boat is designed to outperform anything of equivalent size and class – anywhere. Owner Todd Slyngstad had a delighted look on his face as he was shown some of the footage of earlier that day. He explained: “After 2 days of trials, we started Nemo’s very first race on Saturday morning. The biggest challenge is figuring out the crew work, like communications and maneuvering. I am working with a new crew and it needs to become a solid team to be able to race the Caribbean circuit. The highlight this weekend was being able to race a regatta, these are different times we are living in and to be able to be out on the water, sailing in these beautiful waters is just such fun.”

While Nemo and Arawak were flying around the course, Jetwave Avalon and Le Tri kept yesterday’s game of cat and mouse up all throughout race 1 with Jetwave Avalon crossing the finish less than a minute ahead of Le Tri. The smaller multihulls, Enola and Tryst sailed well, and the crews worked hard to make the boats perform. Enola experienced some breakages in race 1 that made them decide to retire from race 2. Although Tryst, the sweet red Newick tri, suffered its own challenges with the jib halyard, resulting in having to send Artur Banting up the mast mid-race, they did a quick fix before the start of race 2, only to find out that the jib sheet had a double wrap with which they had to complete the second race. “It was a challenging day for us, with lots of things going on, so we had to stay focused. The trick to sailing in heavy winds with Tryst is upwind pinching, it puts us about 10 degrees higher and giving us a real benefit. Of course, sailing this way takes great focus because it quickly goes wrong. I didn’t know I had it in me, but it definitely paid off this weekend.” Explained skipper Appie Stoutenbeek.

Paid off it did, making them the winner of the Racing Class. Sailing with 4 kids from the youth sailing program, Caii Banting, Emma Lennox, Skylar Peterson and Justin Pieterse, the smiles and waves were seen all throughout the weekend, but never were they as radiant as when they were called forward to collect the class win. Placing her ahead of Le Tri in second place and Arawak in third.

In cruising class, the competition between the Leopards 46 and 47 Aravilla/Maritime School West Indies and Seaduction continued. On the first leg Aravilla/Maritime School West Indies took the lead but having to tack back to make the first mark, Seaduction gained and quickly took over the lead. By the time the boats sailed into Marigot Bay, Seaduction had increased the lead significantly and looking good for the win. Unfortunately, a tactical error caused them to round the mark from Port, rather than Starboard, allowing Aravilla/Maritime School West Indies to get back into the race. Back in Simpson Bay both boats were surfing down the waves at 12 knots. Seaduction took the finish, but Aravilla/Maritime School West took the win on corrected time, placing her first overall.

Prize giving took place at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club. After elaborate praise for the race committee, volunteers, and sponsors, it was time to hand out the good stuff, also known as trophies. Although not placing in the top 3, Jetwave Avalon and Nemo were both awarded for making the effort to bring their boats to St. Maarten and compete. Nemo took line honours on all four races and Jetwave Avalon never gave up, even after multiple breakages, they kept sailing hard. Finally, the Overall Winner was announced, which went to Aravilla/Maritime School West Indies. With all bullets, and overall great performance, it was truly a well-deserved win. This weekend it was emphasized again that production cruisers like the Leopard brand can most certainly compete competitively out on the racecourse and the Caribbean Multihull Challenge is the perfect platform to showcase it.

The Caribbean Multihull Challenge was the first international Regatta of the Caribbean circuit to take place. Having faced the challenges that COVID-19 brought along with it, organizers have shown resilience and are ready to come back with more spectacular racing next year February 4 – 6, 2022.

For results, photos or more information go to: https://www.smyc.com/caribbean-multihull-challenge

 

Local knowledge was the key to success on day 1 of the third annual Caribbean Multihull Challenge

Day 1 of the Caribbean Multihull Challenge, sponsored by Yacht Club Port de Plaisance, is one for the books. Starting with lighter conditions than expected, the second race was sailed in a steady breeze. While everyone was looking at a win from one of the big and fast racing machines, such as Nemo, Arawak and Jetwave Avalon, it was the smaller local boats that stole the show in the racing class, with Enola taking today’s win. People may think of the cruising class as an afterthought, however Aravilla/Maritime School West Indies and Seaduction proofed everyone wrong today as they battled it out in the crystal-clear waters surrounding Sint Maarten.

The Race Committee decided on courses that kept the participants on the leeward side of the island, sending the 6 racing boats to Marigot Bay and the 2 cruisers to Plum Bay and back for the first race. Beginning in about 12 knots of wind, the racing boats were started first. Le Tri, a 42 ft trimaran, was well positioned and crossed the line first, with Nemo, the HH66, hot on its heels. The boats sailed along Pelican Bay to the first mark where they jibed towards the next mark off Long Bay. At the first mark rounding Nemo had already taken the lead, swiftly followed by Arawak. The second leg of the race towards Plum Bay was a real tug of war between Arawak, Nemo and Jetwave Avalon, as the latter two sailed side by side for a while passing Mullet Bay, only to see Nemo take back the lead when Jetwave Avalon blew its spinnaker. Arawak caught up before the rounding at Plum Bay and was briefly in the lead, when Nemo lost its momentum putting away the screecher. This didn’t last long as Nemo quickly accelerated upwind and got into Marigot Bay way ahead of Arawak and Jetwave Avalon.

Arawak

“We were doing fabulous, making excellent speed, even keeping up with Nemo. At one point we were doing 18 knots, which caused for all sorts of mayhem when our feathering prop locked out and caused the engine to start and run into the red, shredding the water pump impeller. To top it off, not much later we blew our spinnaker, right before we were about to drop it and lost any chance to keep up with the fast boats.” Summarized Andy Morgan, owner of Jetwave Avalon when asked about his day.

Jetwave Avalon

After Plum Bay it was Le Tri who showed true tactics by hugging the coastline closely. Owner Fabrice Maitre had the benefit of local knowledge on board with the experienced local Melges 24 sailors Andrea Scarabelli and Christopher Marshall. The decision to sail close to shore made perfect sense for this 42ft trimaran and it shows in the results.

Le Tri

The bigger and faster cats made it back to Simpson Bay in just over 2 hours, with Nemo taking line honours.

Nemo

Race two was a much shorter race taking the racing fleet back to Plum Bay, this time the wind picked up and made for some real cat and mouse action between some of the boats. Especially Jetwave Avalon and Le Tri kept the game up, with Jetwave Avalon stealing Le Tri’s wind twice. Le Tri kept the distance using its kite, an option that Jetwave Avalon no longer had after losing it in race 1. Avalon praised the crew of Le Tri on their tactics during race 2.

It was Enola, a KL28, who showed that consistency pays off, with two second places they won the Yacht Club Port de Plaisance Race Day 1 in racing class. “We didn’t expect to win today, but we had a perfect day, the boat ran well, and the crew, consisting of Patrick Moulinneuf, Sebastien Michaux and Sylvain Corroy, did a fantastic job. We have been racing together for many years and with this team it simply works.” Said boat owner Mitch Sylvano. Tryst came in second place, followed by Le Tri in third.

Enola, winner of Yacht Club Port de Plaisance Race Day 1

Tryst

Meanwhile in the cruising class there was spectacularly tight racing between Aravilla/Maritime School West Indies and Seaduction, a Leopard 46 and Leopard 47. On race 1 Aravilla/Maritime School West Indies started off with a reef in the main, allowing Seaduction to get ahead of them. “If it was just a matter of taking the reef out, we would have done it a lot sooner, but when the wind really died down, we realized the halyard was tangled and we had to send someone up the mast before we could shake out the reef. Frisner, from our Kidz at Sea Program was the star today by going up the mast and sorting the problem.” Stated Iain Mobbs, sailing instructor for Maritime School West Indies. Although it made a difference as they gained on Seaduction, they just couldn’t beat them over the line. On race 2 Seaduction encountered a similar challenge when they could not get the spinnaker up and realized the spinnaker halyard was wrapped in the jib halyard. Mario Jonker, son of the owner Petro Jonker, was hoisted in the mast and they managed to sort out the issue, keeping the competition going all the way to the finish, this time Aravilla/Maritime School West took line honours.

Seaduction

Dana Clark purchased Aravilla/Maritime School West Indies only a month ago and met Garth Steyn, owner of the Maritime School West Indies, who not only convinced him to race in the Caribbean Multihull Challenge, but also offered to sponsor him and help him with crew through his Kidz at Sea Program. 3 newly graduated sailors got the opportunity to race for the very first time on a catamaran and were put hard to work, alongside veterans of the Sint Maarten sailing community, Rien Korteknie and Jon Westmoreland.

“This is the perfect way to learn, I have never sailed a catamaran before, having grown up jumping on a variety of monohulls, I never expected to be racing my own catamaran. I had an amazing crew and that just made my day.” Said owner Dana Clark who was seen on the bow with two thumbs up and a big smile on his face.

With two bullets Aravilla/Maritime School West Indies took the overall win on race day 1, leaving Seaduction in second place. Both crews are looking forward to getting back on the water and see what tomorrow brings.

Aravailla/Maritime School of the West Indies

or all results, photos and much more check out www.smyc.com/caribbean-multihull-challenge

An exceptional weekend ahead for the 15 entries of the third Annual Caribbean Multihull Challenge

Racing a Regatta, it seems almost like a foreign activity these days, but not in Sint Maarten! 15 participants will compete in the third annual Caribbean Multihull Challenge this upcoming weekend, Feb 6 – 7 and it is bound to be exceptional. Competitors will be racing in the first Caribbean Regatta of the season and the competition is looking top-notch. Racing will commence in Simpson Bay and participants will be navigating their boats through the crystal-clear waters surrounding Sint Maarten, in what looks to be a steady 20 knot breeze.

Entered for this year’s Caribbean Multihull Challenge is a mix of hot racing machines, such as Todd Slyngstad’s Nemo, a HH66, which will be up against the third-place winner of last year’s Multihull 1 division Arawak, a Joubert-Nivelt Custom design, and the first-place winner of the multihull 2 division Tryst, a Dick Newick design. Todd is no stranger to racing in Sint Maarten having competed in the first edition of the Caribbean Multihull Challenge in 2019 on Fujin. This boat, owned by his brother Greg Slyngstad, former Microsoft executive, was flying down the courses at double-figure boat speeds, so it came as no surprise that they took home the Most Worthy Performance Trophy. Let us see if Nemo finds a way to success this year! Local competitors Enola and Le Tri should not be underestimated and could very well be boats to watch in this class.

In the Multihull Cruising Class we find an eclectic group of competitors, including 3 Leopards: the 47-footer Seaduction, Spellbound a 45-foot Leopard and the Leopard 46 Aravilla, newly acquired by Dana Clark. Whereas Seaduction and Spellbound are skippered and owned by local sailing veterans Petro Jonker and Ian Martin, Dana Clark is bringing in local knowledge through the Kidz at Sea Program taking several students on board Aravilla.

While the Leopards will have a battle of their own, let’s not forget about the other entries in the cruising class. Jetwave Avalon, owned by Andrew Morgan from Perth, Australia, is a Peter Wormwood Ocean 55, described by Andrew as “a big version of the Stiletto Small Racing Cat”. Having spent the lockdown in the Caribbean he could not miss out on sailing the Caribbean Multihull Challenge in Sint Maarten. Another cat to appear on the line for the cruising class start is Jean-Michel Ricourt’s Guimamalou.

New to the Caribbean Multihull Challenge are the F18s, better known in the Caribbean as the beach cats. With 5 entries they have their own class and will fly up and down Simpson Bay on lengthy windward leeward courses. You better set up your chair in Simpson Bay Beach because these sporty boats are spectacular to watch.

This year a lot of praise goes to the sponsors and supporters of the event. These challenging times make it difficult to organize anything, let alone an event of such magnitude. “We always pride ourselves on our planning and organizational skills, but this year we just didn’t know what to expect. Can people come, how many people can we expect, will people want to race, so many questions were not answered until the past couple of weeks. Praise goes to our terrific and loyal sponsors, Caribbean Multihulls, Moorings, Yacht Club Port de Plaisance and Oris who stuck with us through all the uncertainty and last-minute decision making. Divico and Amstel Bright are applauded for joining the sponsor pool this year and of course we can be most grateful for the Maritime School of the West Indies, Celine Charters and Zeebest for supporting us with the logistics. The Sint Maarten Yacht Club can be proud of having such great international and local support!” states General Manager, Michele Korteweg.

Racing will start this Saturday in Simpson Bay, this two-day event will finish on Sunday with a prize giving at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club implementing proper COVID protocols.

Information on entries, notice of race, etc. check out: www.smyc.com/caribbean-multihull-challenge

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