Bart’s Bash sailed in light winds, challenging the skills of Sint Maarten Yacht Club sailors.

Simpson Bay – September 19, 2020 - In contrast to the gusty and stronger winds normally coming off Sint Maarten’s mountains, these past 2 weekends there were noticeably light winds. The original race date had to be rescheduled from the 12th of September due to a lack of wind. The second attempt to hold Bart’s Bash this past weekend found three classes enjoying soft and consistent winds coming from the ocean, a South Easterly direction. The winds were light but steady and great for sailing skill development which undoubtedly took place in the Simpson Bay Lagoon this past Saturday.

The Laser class was well represented with six entries and saw Frits Bus dominating the fleet. Justin Pieterse (Radial) and Emma Lennox (4.7) sailed with smaller rigs taking second and third place.

Adriaan Coppelmans took the day’s overall win in Optimists against 3 other talented Optimist sailors, missing only one bullet in the first race when Caii Banting took the win.

The Pico class was won by Louka Williams and second place went to the fashionably dressed Cato de Wilde and Feline Oosterhof.

Bart’s Bash is the flagship annual event of the Andrew Simpson Foundation, inspired by Olympic Gold and Silver medalist Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson MBE who passionately believed that everyone should have the chance to try sailing and enjoy the many benefits that it brings. The Sint Maarten Yacht Club is raising funds to provide sailing school scholarships to potential sailors.

Dinghy sailing in Sint Maarten will now take a short (two week) break until October 10th when the first day of the two day Soons series will commence. For more information or to sign up for the Grant Thornton Dinghy Season Championships visit

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