Announcing the 1st Annual Caribbean Multihull Challenge - St. Maarten

The Sint Maarten Yacht Club – founders of the Sint Maarten Heineken Regatta in 1980 announce a new annual sailing event premiering the 8th, 9th, and 10th of February in  2019.  Called the Caribbean Multihull Challenge / St Maarten -  and open only to multihulls - this regatta and festival will become a  staple in competitive racing in the brilliant waters surrounding Dutch Sint Maarten and French St. Martin.

Back in the 1950’s Sint Maarten was the birthplace of multihull sailing in the Caribbean with inspired designs from Peter Spronk who built boats here that are still sailing today.  And, in this innovative spirit, the organizers of this Regatta are acknowledging the rapid growth in the market for modern multihulls and the technological advances in the industry that enable these boats to be fast, safe and comfortable. The racing in this brand new event will be spirited, competitive, and full of fun surprises.

The Caribbean Multihull Challenge St Maarten will embrace all that is great about multihull sailing. “This event will welcome every multihull type; Gunboats, Trimarans, Lagoons, Leopards, Fontaine Pajot and Spronk boats.  We will even throw in a Pirate Class so local charter boats with fun handicaps can also race. The whole idea is to offer creative races that will put a smile on every sailor’s face. Combine that with post racing event, a small multihull boat show and more, and this will become a real hit in the Caribbean Racing Circuit!” states Steering Committee Chairman, Petro Jonker.

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Sint Maarten Yacht Club

Established in 1980 with the goal to promote sailing on the island of St Maarten. It 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 team work, 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 destination it is located at.

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