Simpson Bay, St. Maarten, D.W.I. – 10 October,
After the first day of the Soons series being cancelled due to lack of wind, the results were based on the second day and without a discard as only four races were sailed.
Lighter tricky winds were challenging but the wind never fell away.
In the Optimists Caii Banting left Chris de Wilde and Adriaan Coppelmans behind him but in race three the winner was Veronica Destin so the final results were all quite close. A competitive group is clearly forming in this class.
In the Pico it was Melina de Vries who led with three firsts followed by Ajani Blake and Louka Williams. Louka took one first but a 4th and a 5th dragged him down.
In the three boat Quest class Summer Jean Morton won in three races so dominated the class. Robbie Ferron and Boo Faustin trailed her considerably except in the last race where 7 seconds could have made a big difference. Boo Faustin is a fast learner from the sailing school whose skills seem to be developing quickly.
The strongest fleet was the Laser class where 8 boats had some tight competition. Winner was Justin Pieterse who has been battling his way through the ranks in this class. Justin just pipped veteran Frits Bus by one point to take the honours. Third place went to Jolyon Ferron who took two first places but a 7thin race three blew his chances.
The next dinghy racing series is the Aberson series that starts on November 21st. Before that, on Sunday November 15th the first keelboat race will take place. The Soons series and the Aberson series constitute the first two events that will create the basis for awarding the Grant Thornton Season Championship for 2020/2021.
For more information, the results and photos go to www.smyc.com/dinghy-series