NOTICE OF RACE – PETERS & MAY ROUND ANTIGUA RACE

The Notice of Race for the 2022 edition of the Peters & May Round Antigua Race is now available. The race, a prelude to Antigua Sailing Week (ASW), is an independently scored one-day yacht race around the island of Antigua attracting over 40 boats making it one of the more competitive circumnavigation races in Antigua & Barbuda .

Competitors who come from the Caribbean, UK, Europe and USA to participate in Antigua Sailing Week are eligible to enter this 53 mile race which doubles as a fiercely competitive warm up for the ensuing 5 day series. The race is also a challenging end of season highlight for some that have chosen not to be a part of the ASW fleet because of scheduling but want to be a part of the kick off. Eligible classes include CSA racing, CSA double-handed and multi-hull.

Craig Stanbury of Peters & May says “We are looking forward to a busy period with clients looking to relocate their yachts to the Caribbean in the next months, as requests and bookings are picking up. In addition to our popular Transatlantic Routes, we are also offering a monthly service between the US East Coast and the Caribbean. And we continue to offer shipping discount for any boats fully entered for Antigua Sailing Week, with a further discount for a round-trip transatlantic shipment.”

Peters & May Round Antigua Race course map

Participants complete the course around Antigua by starting at 8am off Fort Charlotte racing east towards Half Moon Bay, past Green Island, around to Dickenson Bay, past St. Johns & Five Islands Harbours, along the coast featuring the white sands of Jolly Beach & Darkwood, passing the outer Cades Reef to Curtain Bluff, and then back to the finish line outside of English Harbour.

Land based spectators can make their way to one of the many vantage points on the South (Shirley Heights Lookout), East (Devil’s Bridge) and West (Pearns Point) to watch the race progress.

MOD 70 Warrior – 2018 Peters & May Round Antigua Race ©Paul Wyeth

A successful race relies on a combination of sailing and technical skills, local knowledge and mother natures whim of the day. Although the majority of the fleet will take many hours to complete the race, in 2015 Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD 70 trimaran Phaedo3 smashed the existing overall Peters & May Round Antigua Race course record with an elapsed time of 3 hours, 26 minutes and 9 seconds, while the monohull elapsed time record, currently set in 2018 by the Americans on Warrior, the modified Volvo 70, stands at an elapsed time of 3 hrs 55 mins 38 seconds.

Jaime Torres, ASW Regatta Organiser and past competitor is enthusiastic about the upcoming event and had this to say, “I love the Round Antigua Race because it is such a perfect prelude to ASW. The long point-to-point 360-degree course offers a full serving of TWAs to the many crews that use it to test out gear and prove crew just before the main event. Long legs put a premium on tuning and allow yachts to fine-tune their settings with an actual sampling of the conditions likely to be encountered for the next week.”

The Notice of Race and additional race documents for the Peters & May Round Antigua Race can be viewed here. To enter the race please visit this yachtscoring link.

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High Point YachtFest, Nanny Cay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Dates: 12-19 March 2022

Join us in March 2022! We’ll be sailing catamarans in one of the most beautiful parts of the world – the British Virgin Islands.

– We’ll be starting and ending in Nanny Cay Marina on the south side of Tortola, about a 20-30 minute drive from the airport. Nanny Cay has: supermarket, restaurants, bars and accommodation for those who’ll arrive earlier or stay longer.

– As always and wherever we go, we value great gourmet experiences both on land and on board. We’ll be recommending our new favourite restaurants on Tortola, we’ll pich up at Foxy’s again, we’ll taste cocktails at Cooper Beach Club and enjoy our Prize-giving dinner at the Ocean 7 Yacht Club.
– Our Gourmet Night on board will be on Thursday, at Nanny Cay. Get ready for our salsa dance teachers from Lagoon 450 MOET! They are ready for you!
– We’ll be joined by the brilliant saxophonist Kamau Georges for the last evening at Ocean’s 7!
– And we are hoping to have the local BVI GIN team with us on the first night! They have just launched the BVI VODKA!

WHO CAN JOIN:

Teams who are hoping to charter one of the catamarans from our fleet.
Individuals who would like to join a team.
Catamaran owners who’d like to join the event and get even more out of their cats or groups who’d prefer to source their catamaran elsewhere.

We have selected a fleet of 42ft – 52ft sailing catamarans, all based in Nanny Cay, Tortola:

VIEW THE CATAMARANS

Initial deposit, only 20% of the charter rate
FLEX cancellation insurance available: €350 per booking (non-refundable) offers either a free rebooking or cancellation up to 21 days before departure with full refund.

Individuals who would like to join a team:

Talk to us and we’ll help you find the right crew. For more information on how to participate, please contact: sasha@highpointyachting.com

Catamaran Owners and others who would like to participate with catamarans of their choice:

An entry fee will apply
We will need relevant information about the catamaran to enter you into the HPYF fleet

Patrick Greensmith from Antigua Overall Winner of the 16th annual Sol St. Maarten Optimist Championship 2021

The Sint Maarten Yacht Club, saw nineteen youth sailors from six different countries compete in the 16th Annual Sol St. Maarten Optimist Championship this weekend. With sailors from the Antigua Yacht Club, St. Kitts and Nevis Sailing Association, Club de Voile de Friar’s Bay (St. Martin), Youth Sailing Curacao and the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, the competition was fierce and the racing of high quality. Six competitors raced in the orange fleet and thirteen competitors raced in the blue fleet which is for the advanced sailors. The absolute winner of the blue fleet, and overall winner of the event, was Patrick Greensmith from Antigua, with 9 bullets out of 13 races, he won with a significant lead.

Start of the blue fleet consisting of 13 sailors

According to Sam Peeks, the race coach of St. Maarten: “We were so happy to see all the international teams joining again. Last year’s Championships was smaller in size due to the COVID travel restrictions, so it’s great to see that we can race internationally again. We would like to thank the teams for making the effort of coming over. You could tell the kids loved being able to compete on a regional level again and you saw friendships being formed during the course of the weekend, all good things that derive from international youth sailing events.”

Antigua attended the event with 6 sailors, dominating the podium of the blue fleet and also took the first and second place in the orange fleet.

The team from Youth Sailing Curacao flew in on Wednesday and did some practice sailing on Thursday and Friday in preparation of the event. Their two sailors sailed well in the blue fleet placing 11th and 6th.

The sailors from the Club de Voile de Friar’s Bay are regular guests now attending most races of the Sint Maarten Yacht Club Dinghy Series. They brought 6 youth sailors, most who sailed in the blue Fleet. The St. Kitts and Nevis Sailing Association sent 2 of their best sailors over, together with their coach. Both of them participated in the orange fleet taking 6th and 3rd place. The St. Barths Yacht Club had only 1 sailor participating this year who joined the blue fleet finishing in 7th place.

The Sint Maarten Yacht Club participated with 2 sailors this year.

Tyden Jones from Antigua, winner of the orange fleet

In the blue fleet, Antiguan sailor Patrick Greensmith convincingly became the overall winner of the event with 9 bullets out of 13 races and went home with the overall trophy and a Gill racing watch sponsored by Budget Marine. Emily Gaillard also from Antigua came in 2nd place with Antiguan sailor Alistar Knoblauch in 3rd place behind her with only 1 point difference. Antigua Yacht Club really took the honors in the blue fleet this year.

In the orange fleet, Tyden Jones from Antigua took 1st place with a stunning 11 wins out of 12 races! His teammate Henry Greensmith sailed consistently in 2nd place and even took 1 first place. Skyla Conna from the St. Kitts and Nevis Sailing Association finished in 3rd place.

Stanley Haes Puverger from Saint Martin won the Sportsmanship Award for showing persistence and willpower to complete all races.

Two additional trophies for Sportsmanship and Best Newcomer were also awarded. Nathan Sheppard from Sint Maarten only started sailing in the Youth Program recently and sailed his first inter-island regatta, coming in 4th place in the orange Fleet, which got him to take home the ‘Best Newcomer’ trophy. Stanley Haes Puverger from Saint Martin, only 7 years old, showed persistence and fought to finish the races, for that he was awarded the Sportsmanship award.

Marisca Peterson, representing Sol: “It was great seeing all these happy and motivated sailors coming back from the water after a day’s racing. We are glad that we are able to contribute to this beautiful event and giving the sailors the opportunity to race.”

19 sailors from 6 countries participated in the 16th Sol St. Maarten Optimist Championships seen here as they are making their way to the course in Simpson Bay.

This year’s Race Officer was one who is very familiar with this event. Jolyon Ferron competed in the very first edition of the Sol Sint Maarten Optimist Championship, 16 years ago, and now participated in another way, that of Race Officer! “It brought back great memories! I was impressed by the level of sailing of the sailors and it shows that Optimist Racing is still a big deal around the Caribbean, quotes Ferron”.

“So many young competitors are excited for this event every year. We couldn’t have done it without all the help from the volunteers in Race Committee, onshore and offshore, and the sponsors that contribute yearly to this event. From donating prizes, to breakfast, snacks and dinner, our sponsors made it all possible” says Saskia Revelman, event manager of the SMYC. “This year we want to thank our title sponsor Sol and Mobil Lubricants. As well as our other regional sponsors: Budget Marine, Remax, Pineapple Pete, The Scuba Shop, Domino’s, Island Water World, Grant Thornton, Zeebest, Toppers, Bob Hilbert, St. Maarten Nectar, Med works, Divico and Solahot.

The trophies for this year’s edition are handmade especially for this event by Carla Templeton from The Silver Door. The Sint Maarten Yacht Club is trying to reduce its carbon footprint and part of their green efforts are to buy or create environmentally friendly trophies on island.

For all results, photos and more information about sailing events at the SMYC click here.

 

The 2022 Caribbean Multihull Challenge IV Warms up

With cooler weather now in the Northern Hemisphere, hearts and minds are turning towards winter warm water multihull racing in the Caribbean. At the Sint Maarten Yacht Club the fever for the fourth edition of the Caribbean Multihull Challenge in February 2022 is rising. A roster of favorite local multi’s is already registered for 2022 with indications of coming offshore participation from a group of custom, classic, and light weight Ocean and Cruising class catamarans and trimarans entering for racing on courses designed to challenge each. Race organizers are in contact with yachts heading – or planning to head – to the Caribbean from Europe and North America. With the Caribbean 600 firing up again in Antigua two weeks after the CMC, 2022 could be an entry record breaker.

In pre-Covid CMC 2020 racing the Ocean Racing Class Mod-70 trimarans Maserati and Argo and the 63’ tri Shockwave blasted their way around a special three island 60 nautical mile course in high winds with Argo winning that race setting a new course record. In the ether is the first Caribbean appearance of Aréte, Rick Warner’s Mod 60 Chicago to Mackinac 2021 speed record-setter. For 2022, race organizers have branded the Sint Maarten to St Bart’s to Anguilla Sound and back to Sint Maarten the brand new ‘Caribbean 60 Mile Multihull Sprint’. Set for the windiest of the three-days, the Sprint will have its own sponsors and prizes and of course the winner will have bragging rights for all of 2022.

In the Ocean Cruising class Finn, the Banuls 53’ trimaran dominated. Great work by Anthony McVeigh’s 2 2 Tango resulted in top finishing times along with Arawak, the 52’ Joubert-Nivelt custom catamaran. Sadly, the highly anticipated racing debut of the lightweight Marsaudon ORC50 Addictive Sailing had to be cancelled due to a pre-race dismasting on a practice course the day before the first start. So much of the racing excitement will be repeated in 2022, with La Novia, George Coutu’s new Leopard 50 back at it with Gold Sponsor The Moorings providing a catamaran for the CMC’s highly regarded Women’s Racing Team skippered by Stephane Ferron. Add in the legendary rivalry between Spellbound from Ian Martin and Seaduction skippered by CMC Chairman Petro Jonker and more heated competition is assured.

The CMC is so popular that an impressive sponsorship team led by Oris Swiss Watches, the Moorings, and the Yacht Club Port de Plaisance Marina is back for more as is Caribbean Multihull Yacht Brokerage sponsoring the photography of Laurens Morel of the Netherlands’ Salty Colours. For 2022, Oris will continue to provide a watch to the CMC winner, YCPDP will offer reduced rate dockage at their luxurious marina in Simpson Bay Lagoon; while Caribbean Multihull Brokerage will offer a photo contest and a chance for the winning photo to become lead photograph for the 2023 CMC V.

For 2022, all official onshore events will be held at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club where Covid-compliancy has been the rule since the onset of the pandemic. After a brief uptick in cases traced mostly to the Delta variant, the country’s health organizations are reporting a welcome downturn in infections which points to a nice roster of race entries for February 2022; therefore the welcome mat is out for visiting yachts, crews, and guests.

Entry Forms and Notice of Race for the February 4,5,6 event are available at Yachtscoring and on our website.

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

© Caribbean Sailing Association 2018