Simpson Bay, St. Maarten – October 28, 2019
We are looking to see some great competition in the second day of the Soons series this coming Saturday. In particular the Laser class should be of great interest. Veteran Frits Bus missed the first day due to being off island and he normally dominates. But the first day of the Soons series was dominated by Jolyon Ferron who has not done much Laser sailing but a large amount of dinghy sailing whilst studying in the UK. Also, on the course will be Chris Cilliers who grew up in St Thomas where a very high quality youth sailing community resulted in some of the US’s top current professional sailors. This obviously spun off on Chris who cleaned up in our Barts Bash racing. Ryan Hope Ross and Arthur Banting will also be on the course to take advantage when possible.
In the Vision class we need some competition to help Summer Jean Morton hone her skills. She totally dominates in Sint Maarten and sails a solid race, but she needs some competition in the Vision class. She got competition at the Caribbean Dinghy Championships that may have lifted her game in the meantime.
In the Optimist class Emma Lennox needs local competition too with young 9 year old newcomer Adriaan Coppelmans showing great promise as a future leader in this class having just competed in the CDC with Emma. This 2nd day of the Soons Series will be a great warm-up practice for our 6 sailors from the SMYC Sailing School entered in the upcoming Sol St. Maarten Optimist Championship November 9th & 10th.
Three Jeanneau’s will enjoy close competition as usual and the Battle of the Bars regatta held last Saturday will result in Robbie Ferron planning on getting a better result than the result in Great Bay where Garth Steyn and crew won resoundly. One Jeanneau is still available as Paul Soons will not compete in this 2nd race day due to vacation.
Current forecasts show next Saturday at 15 -17 knots wind so it could be that the trade winds are going to be returning.
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. This first 2-day race is called the Soons Series, named after the commodore of the Yacht Club, Michel Soons. This race will be followed by a 2-day race series on 23 November and 14 December 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.