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April 10 - A Great Keelboat Day on Sint Maarten

A fleet of twelve boats participated in the fourth event of the Grant Thornton Keelboat Series . The fleet was divided into the four boat one design Diam class , and CSA one and two (CSA refers to the rating used being the Caribbean Sailing Association ‘s measurement and split by rating ).

The event was originally set for a two day event but activity congestion led to a reduction to one day .

The largest class CSA 1 was won by the Melges 24 Team Island Water World who won the first two races and placed third in the third . Second place points were equal but Franny , the J 70 helmed by Garth Steyn was able to break the tie over Caraibes Diesel sailed by Erwan le Normand ( a Melges 24 )

The Diam class are light modern trimarans that operate at very high speeds. The main driver and to date most successful sailor is Pierre Altier on Cry Baby who on this occasion had to bow to the very experienced multihull sailor Erik Clement on Karibuni. Both won one race but with Clement winning the last race the tie was broken.

In CSA 2 the winner was Robbie Ferron on Miss Tyknight . Second was Jordan Pieterse and third Benny Oosterhof on Elena.

The racing showed a a significant improvement on the part of Elena which promises for close competition in the future.

The next and final keelboat event of the season is on June 12th which will also be the day when the results are declared for the Grant Thornton Season Championship. In the interim various sailors will be going off island to participate in the final events of the Caribbean racing season being the Voile de St Barths and Antigua Sailing Week.

We would like to thank the race committee and SMYC staff for making this event happen.

Results can be found here and more pictures can be found here. Drone pictures made by Magdalena Komorowska.

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

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