Simpson Bay - November 6, 2019
A highly successful second and final day of the Soons series saw 23 boats in five classes sailing in light winds on the Simpson Bay Lagoon.
In particular the Laser class with seven entries and intense competition was a breakthrough. This class had all three versions of the Laser sailing which were handicapped.
“We had very light and shifty winds, but it went well. The second day of the Soons Series was well attended, we had good races and the organization did a good job” according to one of the sailors, Iain Mobbs.
"The first race got off to slow start and petered right down to nothing several minutes of drifting and eventually the breeze filled back in and we could finish the race. Apparently, mother nature just wanted to show us how bad it could be because conditions kept improving throughout the day and the windward mark was continually moved to improve the racecourse every time. By the end of the last race the laser fleet was hungry for more but alas we had to put the boats away to make it for prize giving. But the Soons Series was well attended and created a wonderful atmosphere back at the club with lots of chat about what happened out there and everyone seemed to be in good spirits. The participants were very diverse in both age and experience leaving it to feel like a very complete regatta with lots of excitement and room for improvement for the rest of the season.” According to sailor Ryan Hope Ross.
The final winner was Jolyon Ferron who won both the day and the series. He was followed by veteran Frits Bus who was not able to sail the first day. Second place overall went to Jordan Pieterse who sailed both days with her 4.7 rig and showed real promise. Plenty of other talent is ready to contend the podium like Arthur Banting and Stephane Ferron. Chris Cilliers who scored so high on the first day was not able to make the second race.
In the Optimist class the participants were preparing for the major 14th Annual Sol St. Maarten Optimist Championship that takes place next weekend. Winner overall was Caii Banting followed by Emma Lennox. Third place winner was Adriaan Coppelmans. Adriaan won the last race, which was his first ever victory. With more sailors capable of winning it should push the level of sailing even higher.
The Vision class with three boats sees Summer Jean Morton and Mathijs Detering sailing excellent races, well in front of the rest. This class desperately needs some good sailors to give them some competition before they will get bored. Who is up for this on one of the boats that remained on land? Yes, Summer and Mathijs won the class.
Iain Mobbs: “For next race, the Stuyvesant series, that is coming up on the 23 of November and second race day on the 14th of December. We would like to see more continuity of competitors, so we hope that everybody is joining again”.
Grant Thornton Season Championship 2019-2020
Is sponsored by the Global Financial Serviced Company, Grant Thornton. It is open to Optimist, Laser Pico, Laser, RS Vision, RS Quest and Sunfast 20 and consists of several 2-day and 3-day races. The next race will be held on the 23rd of November and 14th of December and is called the Stuyvesant Series, named after Pieter Stuyvesant. The Sint Maarten Yacht Club will award a Seasonal Championship award at the end of the season, which will end on 20 June.