Annual CSA Conference offered Regatta Directors and Sailing Program Managers platform for the upcoming season.

This past weekend the Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) hosted its annual conference digitally allowing regatta directors and sailing program managers of the Caribbean a platform to discuss opportunities for the upcoming season. It brought renewed energy through innovative ideas and the sharing of knowledge.

After the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday morning, the conference continued with a discussion on trends and developments in Regattas. This included a sailor’s hour allowing international and regional sailors and boat owners to learn more about the status of the international regattas, Covid protocols and provide input from their own experiences after attending events in the USA and Europe.

Saturday included a session on sailing development including topics such as training, inclusion, new initiatives, and the promotion of sailing in the region.

During the AGM the CSA board for 2021-2022 has been established, including new President Michele Korteweg.

The CSA has elected a New President – Michele Korteweg of St. Maarten

Regatta Director of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and Manager of the Yacht Club, Michele Korteweg has been elected the new incoming President of the Caribbean Sailing Association.

At 34 years old Michele is the youngest person to hold the role in the organization but brings with her ten years of involvement in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and a great can do attitude.

Also joining her new to the board this year are Steven Kern from Barbados, Regatta Director of the New Windward 500 who brings with him many years experience in the yachting industry and Nicholas Dupre of St. Kitts and Nevis who is Owner and manager at Beach Addition St. Kitts.

They join existing board members Jaime Torres from Puerto Rico and Race Manager of Antigua Sailing Week, Tamsin Rand of The British Virgin Islands and Manager of the Royal BVI Yacht Club, Brian Sylvester President of Grenada Sailing Week, Pat Bailey of St. Thomas and joint Race Director of the St.Thomas International Regatta and outgoing President, now serving as Past President, Alison Sly-Adams President of Antigua Sailing Week and Manager of the National Sailing Academy.

Bastien Pouthier was re-elected as Chief Measurer by the measurement team who met on Saturday.

Of her new appointment Michele says, “I’m looking forward to the return of Caribbean racing over the coming months. As we get back to racing across the region I look forward to helping the events navigate the new normal and be ready to welcome back our sailors from around the word. Of course it isn’t just racing that the CSA is managing, although with a strong rating rule it is a very important feature to keep promoting. The development of sailing in the region has our ongoing attention. The past year saw many of our members having to reinvent the way they operate its sailing programs due to Covid restrictions, however we have seen great initiatives and lots of energy that we are looking to share all over the region.”

Winners Announced for the Bart’s Bash Caribbean League

On the weekend of the 11-12th September 2021, four Caribbean clubs from five countries took part in the Bart’s Bash and in so doing were entered for the first ever Bart’s Bash Caribbean League.

Over 60 sailors from St. Maarten, St. Kitt’s and Nevis, The British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands raced across eight classes and had a great weekend raising money for the Andrew Simpson Foundation and their own club projects.

We are therefore delighted to announce the top places in each class as follows:

ILCA Laser Standard – Total 10 sailors

  1. Benoit Meesemaecker – SXM
  2. Jolyon Ferron – SXM
  3. Colin Rathbun – BVI

Optimist Class – Total 20 sailors

  1. Emilien Le Normand – SXM
  2. Michaux Sarah – SXM
  3. Paul Berland Page – SXM

ICLA 4/ Laser 4.7 – Total 7 sailors

  1. Emma Lennox – SXM
  2. Mikias Michaux – SXM
  3. Jordan Pieterse – SXM

ICLA 6 / Laser Radial – Total 7 Sailors

  1. Justin Pieterse – SXM
  2. Ajani Blake – SXM
  3. Roger Nelson – Cayman Islands

RS Feva (XL) – Total 3 Sailors

  1. Samuel Allen – BVI
  2. Melroy Henry – St. Kitts
  3. Lyon Guilbert – St. Kitts

RS Quest – Total 4 Sailors

  1. Robbie Ferron – SXM
  2. Nigel Clark – SXM
  3. John Darling – SXM

Laser Pico – Total 5 Sailors

  1. Melina de Vries – SXM
  2. Param Jessani – SXM
  3. Rio Stomp – SXM

Hobie Wave – Total 8 Sailors

  1. Cuthbert Burrell – St. Kitts
  2. Rok Krulec – St. Kitts
  3. Davaughn Amory – St. Kitts

For the full list of results check here https://www.bartsbash.com/results/caribbean_dinghy_championship/2021

RORC Caribbean 600 – Back in action

The hiatus is over – the RORC Caribbean 600 is back and set to start in Antigua on February 21st, 2022. Early entries include teams representing a dozen different countries from around the world. The RORC Caribbean 600 is a race for all, enticing the fastest boats on the planet and passionate corinthians racing performance racer/cruisers and classics. A full house is expected for the bold and beautiful 600-mile race around eleven Caribbean islands.

An astonishing pack of multihulls will be ripping through the course, including the race record holder Maserati Multi70. The flying Italian stallion is skippered by Giovanni Soldini. The reigning class champion, and 2020 Line Honours winner, Cayman Island’s Peter Cunningham will be racing MOD70 PowerPlay. The multinational team, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, is set for a stout defence of their title. Back for another bite at the apple is Jason Carroll’s American MOD70 Argo with multiple record holder Brian Thompson on the team sheet. Antoine Rabaste and Jacek Siwek will be taking part in their second race with the largest multihull in the fleet, the French 80ft Maxi Multi Ultim’Emotion 2.

Of the expressions of interest so far, favourite for Monohull Line Honours is the 100ft Supermaxi Comanche, with a triple-A crew skippered by Australian Mitch Booth. The VPLP-Verdier 100 last competed in the race in 2016, finishing in just over 40 hours. Given solid trade winds for the race, Comanche is very capable of beating the Monohull Race record, set by George David’s American Rambler 88 in 2018 (37 hours 41 minutes and 45 seconds). Of the current entries, the biggest threat to Comanche will be the boat that set the original record, the Farr 100 Leopard 3 back under new ownership.

The overall winner and individual class winners for the RORC Caribbean 600 are decided by IRC time correction. Tilmar Hansen’s German TP52 Outsider is expected to be defending their overall win in 2020. Outsider races in IRC Zero which is shaping up to be a real battle of the titans and, more often than not, the winner of the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy comes from the big boat class.

David Collins’ British Botin IRC 52 Tala came second overall in 2019 and can match Outsider all the way around the course. From Larchmont YC USA, Christopher Sheehan will be racing Pac52 Warrior One, class winner of the 2021 Transpac Honolulu Race. Two new designs will make their debut in IRC Zero. German skipper Stefan Jentzsch has competed in the race on many occasions, but this will be the first RORC Caribbean 600 for IRC 56 Black Pearl with a multinational team, including South African Marc Lagesse. The Infiniti 52 Zeus will also be making its race debut. Boat Captain Matt Brushwood confirms that the carbon 52ft yacht is close to completion in the USA. A principal design feature is transverse DSS foils.

An astonishing pack of multihulls will be ripping through the course, including the race record holder Maserati Multi70 © Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Irishman Adrian Lee has had a love-affair with the RORC Caribbean 600 since his overall win in the inaugural race. Adrian will be racing Lee Overlay Partners, hoping for strong breeze to suit the Swan 60. Talking of love-affairs with the RORC Caribbean 600, Antiguan Bernie Evan-Wong has competed in all-twelve past editions and will be back for another with his Reichel Pugh 37 Taz. Pamala Baldwin’s J/122 Liquid will also be flying the Antiguan flag with a young crew.

British interest in the 2022 RORC Caribbean 600 is as strong as it has ever been with four top boats making their race debut. The overall winner of the 2021 Rolex Fastnet Race, Tom Kneen’s JPK 1180 Sunrise is confirmed, as is RORC Commodore James Neville’s HH42 Ino XXX, second overall in the Rolex Fastnet Race. Ed Bell’s JPK 1180 Dawn Treader will be making its debut, as will Christopher Daniel’s J/122 Juno. Lombard 46 Pata Negra has raced in the past four editions and won IRC One in the last race. Now under the ownership of Andrew Hall, Pata Negra is back for a fifth race. Taking on the RORC Caribbean 600 with its multitude of manoeuvres is a real challenge for Two-Handed teams. Richard Palmer’s JPK 1010 Jangada and Tim Knight’s Pogo 12.50 Kai are amongst the early entries.

French interest for the 2022 edition include new boats to the race and around 10 Class40s are expected to have a re-run of the fantastic battle in 2019. Racing Under IRC will be Jean Pierre Dreau’s Mylius 60 Lady First 3, which was fourth in class for the 2021 Rolex Fastnet Race and Remy Gerin’s Spirit of Tradition Classic Faiaoahe. Jacques Pelletier’s Milon 41 L’Ange de Milon, Laurent Courbin’s First 53 Yagiza, skippered by Philippe Falle, and Dominique Tian’s Ker 46 Tonnerre de Glen will also be competing. While this is the first race for the all-French crew, as Tonnerre de Breskens, the boat has won class on two occasions. In the MOCRA Class Christophe Cols’ French F40 Chaud Patate is set for a return to the race having last competed under previous ownership as Dauphin Telecom – Johnny Be Good in 2014.

Around 10 Class40s are expected to be on the start line of the 2022 RORC Caribbean 600 © Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Lance Shepherd’s Telefonica Black will be racing with charter guests, as will Jens Lindner’s HYPR Ocean Racing Team. It is difficult to imagine a more thrilling experience for Corinthian sailors than ripping around the RORC Caribbean 600, competing against the professional teams in a Volvo 70! Ondeck Antigua’s Farr 65 Spirit of Juno will also compete with charter guests and will be under the guidance of Paul Jackson in his seventh race.

Ross Applebey will be taking part in his ninth race, skippering Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster which has won class on seven occasions. Scarlet Oyster’s long, friendly rivalry will continue with Andy Middleton’s First 47.7 EH01. Two First 40s will be adding a chapter to their long history in the RORC Caribbean 600. Susan Glenny, taking part in her fifth race, will be racing on Olympia’s Tigress with a Californian crew. Yuri Fadeev will be on race number six, racing Optimus Prime with a crew from St. Petersburg Russia.

Canadian teams replacing frozen seas for the warmth of the tropics will be J/121 Wings, skippered by American Bill Wiggins, and Ray Rhinelander from the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club racing J/133 Bella J. Morgen Watson and Meg Reilly will co-skipper Pogo 12.50 Hermes with a multinational crew and this will be the fifth race for the Canadian boat. Jonas Grander’s Swedish Elliott 44 Matador is also returning for another tilt and will be competing in the highly competitive IRC One Class.

Lance Shepherd’s Telefonica Black will be racing with charter guests as they rip round the course on the Volvo 70 © Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

To keep up to date with all the news from the RORC Caribbean 600 visit the Royal Ocean Racing Club mini-site: http://caribbean600.rorc.org/

Entries and expressions of interest: HERE

Notice of Race: HERE

ENDS/… Louay Habib

Setting Sail for 2022!

The 11th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille is getting ready to set sail on April 17-23, 2022, with all the ingredients that has made it such a success.

Five days of competition with a variety of race courses adapted to each class, a day off to enjoy the hospitality of St. Barthélemy, concerts every evening, a crew party on the beach…

After two years in dry dock, the regatta is raising its sails in a big way for 2022.

Notice of Race

The race notice for Les Voiles 2022 is online and can be consulted directly on their website

Registration is already open

Register now to participate in the 11th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille and take advantage of our completely free concierge service: help with housing and car rentals, as well as professional advice to make your visit to St. Barthélemy as perfect as possible.

Logistics

The staff at Sevenstar Racing Yacht works closely with us to offer all participants at Les Voiles de St.Barth Richard Mille professional assistance in transporting their boats from the United States, Europe, Australia, or Asia to Caribbean. Sevenstar also finds personalized solutions to obtaining spare parts, maritime containers, or shipping packages by air freight.

For the past 25 years, Sevenstar has provided a full roster of services for regattas such Les Voiles, with knowledgeable staff available to solve all problems.

Do not hesitate to contact them! Consult their website

Richard Mille confirms its ongoing support

This past summer, Richard Mille presented a new limited-edition watch, with just 80 pieces: The RM 60-01 Automatic Chronograph Flyback Les Voiles de St. Barth.

Traditionally, each winner of the regatta is presented with a watch by our title sponsor. Since the 2021 event was cancelled, the entire revenue generated by the sale of the RM 60-01 Automatic Chronograph Flyback Les Voiles de St. Barth was donated to local causes in St Barth.

Getting to St. Barth… what is required?

The island is currently open to all travelers who are vaccinated. Proof of vaccination and a negative PCR or antigen test are required for entry. Once on the island, no quarantine is required and all is accessible with a sanitary pass.

Caribbean Sailing Association Mourns Loss of Luiz Kahl

The sport of Sailing awoke this Sunday morning to the tragic news that Luiz Kahl had passed away.

For those unfamiliar with Luiz, he was the creator and owner of Yacht Scoring, the regatta scoring system used by most Caribbean regattas and a vast number of North American events. Luiz traveled to the Caribbean often. We loved having his smiling face and great personality as part of our race management teams.

Tributes have been pouring in all day, as friends, sailors, and organizers from around World expressed their shock at the loss of such an influential character in our sport.

Jaime Torres, CSA Director, mourns Luiz’s passing: “Luiz had so much energy and goodwill. He was a mentor and friend. We talked so much story over rum drinks for years. I’m blown away and heartbroken by the news.”

Bastien Pouthier, Chief Measurer for the CSA, worked hand-in-hand with Luiz throughout the year and spent many hours reviewing results and discussing ratings. Bastien said of Luiz, “He was every sailor’s great friend, and every regatta’s right hand. He made everyone feel included and welcome, a uniting figure inside and outside of the sport. So many stories were shared, so many technical conversations enjoyed. Pizza will be eaten, and cocktails raised in his memory at the upcoming regattas.”

Pam Fuller, CSA board member for many years and fellow team member at many regattas, said, “Luiz and I shared a desk at regattas all over the Caribbean, from Grenada to the British Virgin Islands, for the last 15 years. He gave a lot of his time and energy to help our smaller events. He always had time to answer questions and share his knowledge. His barbecue and cocktail skills were legendary. There was never any shortage of laughter.”

Luiz played a vital role in the Caribbean. Alison Sly-Adams, President of the CSA, says, “There is something about yacht racing which attracts good-hearted people who love the sport and only want to do their best for it. Luiz was an extraordinary person who, aside from his technical skills, bought calm, logic, and creativity to assist in developing practical solutions to much that we do. He will be sorely missed by all of us, but his legacy will live on across the Caribbean”.

Rest in Peace Luiz, Fair Winds!

Sint Maarten Yacht Club saw 24 teams participate in the 7th Edition of the 2021 Bart’s Bash.

Bart’s Bash is a global sailing race which also functions as an annual fundraiser and participation in sailing campaign. The sailing community around the world sails on the same weekend, making this the largest sail race in the world. The Sint Maarten Yacht Club hosted the event on September 11 and saw 24 teams compete, divided over 4 classes, of which 7 teams that came from the Friar’s Bay Sailing Club.

The Laser Pico class saw 4 participants, most who we haven’t seen for a while on the racecourse. Param Jessani, Rio Stomp and Massimo LaPierre offered Melina de Vries, second place Laser Pico winner of last season, strong competition. Melina came in third place, with Param Jassani taking the win in the Laser Pico class after breaking a tie with Rio Stomp.

In the Optimist Class 5 competitors from Friar’s Bay Sailing Club battled it out. Paul Berlande Pages came in third place, with Sarah Michaux in second place and the class was won by Emilien le Normand with 3 points difference.

There were 3 RS Quests on the water, Robbie Ferron and his wife Cary Byerley, John Darling and his son Henry, and Liz and Nigel, all the way from the Hong Kong Yacht Club. The Darlings sailed strong, and progress is showing since their participation in the Lagoonies Regatta. Liz and Nigel sailed well and consistently came in second place, until the final race when they took a first from Robbie and Cary who sailed 3 straight bullets. They still won the class with a 2-point difference.

The Laser class was very popular with 12 competitors, many from the Laser group of the youth sailing program. Emma Lennox sailed extremely well, with one first place and it won’t be long before she consistently makes the top 3. She ended in fourth place with only 1 point behind third place winner Justin Pieterse. Jolyon Ferron took second place and Benoit Meesemacker convincingly took first, winning 3 out of 4 races.

There were 3 RS Quests on the water, Robbie Ferron and his wife Cary Byerley, John Darling and his son Henry, and Liz and Nigel, all the way from the Hong Kong Yacht Club. The Darlings sailed strong, and progress is showing since their participation in the Lagoonies Regatta. Liz and Nigel sailed well and consistently came in second place, until the final race when they took a first from Robbie and Cary who sailed 3 straight bullets. They still won the class with a 2-point difference.

The Laser class was very popular with 12 competitors, many from the Laser group of the youth sailing program. Emma Lennox sailed extremely well, with one first place and it won’t be long before she consistently makes the top 3. She ended in fourth place with only 1 point behind third place winner Justin Pieterse. Jolyon Ferron took second place and Benoit Meesemacker convincingly took first, winning 3 out of 4 races.

Results of all 4 races can be found here. The first race counted towards the Bart’s Bash and the results of this race can be found here. Find out how you did compared to all the other racers in the world! There will also be a special Caribbean Leaderboard to see inter-island results.

The Bart’s Bash is an annual fundraiser and the SMYC was raising funds through a bake sale to be able to replace the stolen dinghy. 6 Families (members, friends of the Yacht Club and parents of the children participating in the Youth Sailing Program) baked delicious cakes, cupcakes, brownies, and breads to sell. In addition, ZeeBest Bakery donated an assortment of fresh pastries. A total of $560 was raised through the bake sale, which made it a fantastic success.

“We are most grateful for the interest in this event. Of course, the amazing turnout, but also from all the volunteers who stepped up to make the event and fundraiser happen. Paul, Clenda and Carin as Race Committee, Esther for taking pictures, Junior for Mark laying, Grace and Sam for coaching and of course all those who baked goods, Rikke for selling these and all others for buying and donating to our cause. We are looking forward to the start of the Grant Thornton Dinghy Championship Series on October 9th! Said Saskia Revelman, Head Instructor at the SMYC.

 

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