October 8, 2021 – Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten – The Sint Maarten Yacht Club is happy to announce that the 16th annual edition of the St. Maarten Optimist Championship will be sponsored by Sol and Mobil Lubricants. The St. Maarten Optimist Championship is a 2-day regatta and qualifier for the 2022 Optimist World Championships. This year the event takes place on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 of October. The SMYC is hosting this event to invest in the future of youth and sailors. With the help of loyal sponsors and their generous ongoing support for this event, the event will be hosted for many more years to come.
St. Barts sailor Lolie Osswald was the overall winner of last years’ Championship. This year more competition can be expected as travel restrictions due to Covid-19 are lifted and Optimist sailors are expected from Antigua, Curacao and Nevis.
“St. Maarten has 3 excellent sailors that are going to compete in this years’ race and we are very anxious to see how they are going to perform during the 16th edition of the St. Maarten Optimist Championship” says Sam Peeks, the race coach of the Sint Maarten Yacht Club.
Robert James, General Manager, Sol Antilles N.V. had this to say, “At Sol, we are passionate about energizing communities and the SMYC share in this passion. We have been a partner of the SMYC for multiple years and we are pleased to support this year’s Optimist Championship with the provision of fuel and Mobil Lubricants. We wish all the participating teams well.”
Entry fee for the St. Maarten Optimist Championship is $95 for both days and includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday, Domino’s Pizza on Saturday and a snack on Sunday after racing, drinks and snacks on both days. Sailors arriving Friday can go on a practice sail on one of the club boats at no charge pending time and availability.
“At the moment St. Barths, St. Martin, Curacao, Antigua and St. Kitts are planning to bring their best sailors to this event. Expecting 20 sailors from all around the Caribbean, it will be a great weekend of high-class Optimist Racing. Because of the pandemic the 2020 edition of the Championship was reduced in participation numbers, but it is great to see the interest around the Caribbean is still there and sailors are returning in full force” continues Sam Peeks.
About the Sint Maarten Yacht Club:
Established in 1980 with the goal to promote sailing on the island of St Maarten. It 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 team work, 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 destination it is located at. For more information visit www.smyc.com