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First Day of the Sint Maarten Yacht Club’s Hoedemaker Series sailed in excellent conditions

January 11, 2021, Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten – This past Saturday January 9th 5 classes competed in the first day of the Hoedemaker Series, a two day race, part of the Grant Thornton Season Championships.

Participants sailed in excellent conditions in the Simpson Bay Lagoon.

The largest class was the Sunfast 20 with five boats where club commodore Garth Steyn stole the show by taking four “bullets”. The rest of the fleet shared the spoils more equitably with Iain Mobbs taking second place and Rien Korteknie in third. The third place was actually steered by Kids at Sea participant Kemala Brooks who is showing great potential.

The RS Quest class showed an increased number of entries with four boats, including students who are racing the Quests for the first time. The class was dominated by Summer Morton and Tara de la Salle who only gave the first place away once in four races. Arthur Banting gladly took that opportunity and with that first place he took second place overall. Louka Williams and Param Jessani are definitely a team to watch if they continue to race the RS Quest, taking third place with only 2 points difference from second place.

The Laser class with four boats was incredibly competitive and resulted in equal points between Frits Bus and Jolyon Ferron (6 each). Frits won the last race however and therefore scored the overall win of Day 1. David de Vries took third place in a radial sail Laser with Ryan Hope-Ross in fourth place.

The Pico’s saw Ajani Blake perform extremely well with very consistent sailing against Cato de Wilde and Sahana Rinker, a new team in the Pico class.

In the four boat Optimist fleet Caii Banting took four bullets and Adriaan Coppelmans took all seconds except the last race where Chris de Wilde trumped him.

The Hoedemaker series is named after former club commodore, Frank Hoedemaker who played a major role in the construction of the present SMYC clubhouse. This series is part of the Grant Thornton Season Championships. The second and final race day of the Hoedemaker series takes place on Saturday 23rd January.

Next weekend the Sint Maarten Yacht Club will be hosting the Domino’s Interschool Championships, this event invites local schools to compete against each other. Sponsored by Dominos the entry fee is free, allowing kids easy access to a sailing experience.

Furthermore, on Sunday the 3rd keelboat race of the season will take place, which is part of the Grant Thornton Keel Boat Championship.

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