Simpson Bay, St. Maarten – June 4, 2022
On June 4th the St. Maarten Dinghy National Championship was sailed in Simpson Bay. 31 boats competed in the second edition of this annual event. The National Dinghy Championship is a collaboration from the Sint Maarten Yacht Club and the Sint Maarten Sailing Federation (SIMSAF).
Even though the event is called the St. Maarten Dinghy National Championship, the event is open for other nationalities to join. Only the title St. Maarten Dinghy National Champion can be won by a St. Maarten resident.
In the Laser Class 8 competitors raced. Emma Lennox came in third place, Justin Pieterse in second and Jules Fortunati took the win of the event. With this results Emma Lennox came St. Maarten National Champion in the Laser 4.7, Justin Pieterse became St. Maarten National Champion in the Laser Radial and Frits Bus came St. Maarten National Champion in the Laser Standard.
The RS Quest fleet was sailed by 4 boats. Eli and Christoff won the class, Antonin and Luca became in second and Joris v.d. Eynde and his 7 year old son Axel came in third. As Joris and Axel were the best team from St. Maarten, they took home the title St. Maarten Dinghy National Champion in the RS Quest. The youngest National Champion!
In the RS Zest Fleet 5 competitors sailed; Yannis Poitevin came in third place, Henry Darling came in second and Rio Stomp took the convincing win with all bullets. He took home the title St. Maarten Dinghy National Champion in the RS Zest class.
Three boats competed in the Sun Fast 20 Class. Ernst Looser and his crew John Darling ended in third place, Kemar Brooks, Iain Mobbs and Rien Korteknie, representing the Maritime School of the West Indies became second and Robbie Ferron and his team took the win in this class. This made Robbie Ferron and his team St. Maarten Dinghy National Champion in the Sunfast 20 class.
Eleven sailors joined the Optimist Class. As the National Champion in the Optimist Class will be decided later this year during the Optimist Championship in November there was no title rewarded in the Optimist Class.
Sarah Michaux came in third, Marvin Fabressy came in second and Lolie Osswald came in first place in the Optimist Class.
This event was the last of the Grant Thornton Dinghy Season Championship. This Championship exists of the 5 different dinghy series, sailed from October 2021 till June 2022. The winners were rewarded during the prize giving.
Results can be found online .
“This dinghy racing season showed great competition! A total of 80 sailors joined the series overall. Our friends from the Club de Voile de Fryers Bay and the St. Barths Yacht Club were thanked during the prize giving. Joining each other’s races, and training together will make all our sailors better. Both clubs took the effort to come to Sint Maarten to join every dinghy race. We are looking forward to next season” said Sam Peeks, racing coach at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club.
Pictures can be found online.
This Sunday the final day of the Keelboat Season Championship will be sailed.
Sint Maarten Yacht Club
The club was established in 1980 with the goal to promote sailing on the island of St. Maarten. The Sint Maarten Yacht Club organizes multiple sailing events throughout the year, with the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta as its crown jewel. A youth sailing program stimulates local youngsters to become part of the sailing community, teaching them life skills like teamwork, perseverance and confidence. Always looking to further develop sailing on St. Maarten, the Club is active in promoting the sport, as well as the beautiful Caribbean island destination of St. Maarten. For more information visit www.smyc.com.
The Sint Maarten Sailing Federation together with the Curacao Sailing Federation represent a joint authority in World Sailing the global sailing authority .