Updated: Dec 11, 2019
The 16th La Course de L’Alliance, sponsored by IGY Marinas and originally planned to happen last weekend, has been rescheduled with a week due to the light wind forecasted for last weekend. Racing will start on coming Friday December 6 with a race to St. Barths. Saturday the fleet will race from St. Barths to Anguilla and the final race day is from Anguilla back to St. Maarten on Sunday December 8.
“We are looking forward to this weekend, as it is one of the most popular regattas in St Maarten. Last weekend was unfortunate, but the decision was made as early as possible given the complex nature of the weather forecast” Race Officer Paul Miller explains.
Regattas are hardly ever rescheduled, but with no or hardly any wind for the majority of the regatta, it was best to push it forward one weekend. “The highlight is seeing all the sailors back out on the water again as this event truly signals the start of a new season, besides the camaraderie is always great at this regatta.”
Registration will be at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club on December 5 from 4pm – 6pm. Participants will receive a goodie bag and special Course de L’Alliance T-shirts which will be handed out during the registration followed by a skippers briefing at 6pm that covers the basics, more information will be broadcasted during the event on VHF channel 71. “The event is run for the sailors, so we communicate as much as possible while listening to suggestions and requests for delays for example, so it is vital to have that radio on.”
Friday’s race day will go from St. Maarten to St. Barths. In St Barths, the St Barth Yacht Club will host a happy hour from 4pm till 7pm/ 7:30pm. After that everybody is free to go where they want. St. Barth also provides a watertaxi service on Friday to bring people to shore and back to the boat. Clearing in is necessary. All the information about clearing in on St. Barth and Anguilla are mentioned in the information booklet that can be found on the website: www.smyc.com/coursedelalliance.
Saturday the race continues from St. Barths to Anguilla, the longest race of the Event. In Anguilla Roy’s Bayside Grill offers a skirt stake special for $20 and the regular menu will also be available. The Anguilla Youth Sailing Association will run a watertaxi for the convenience of the sailors on Saturday from 3pm till 11pm and Sunday morning from 7am till 9am.
About the weather forecast for this weekend: “The weather forecast is looking great! We are looking forward to this 16th edition of La Course de L’Alliance. A week later than scheduled, but still one of the best regattas to race”. According to Miller.