Spectator friendly sailing in the Schoonbeek regatta

The Schoonbeek regatta (Saturday August 8th) was added to the sailing calender because more sailors were on the island than usual and because the Sint Maarten Yacht Club wanted to honour commodore Cees Schoonbeek, one of the most adventurous and interesting of the many who have led the SMYC in the 40 years of its existence. Schoonbeek was an eye doctor and tugboat captain. An unusual combination of skill sets! He unfortunately left this world in 2019.

Saturday’s winds were fickle. Variations in wind strength and speed led to numerous frustrated helms and some elated.

In the Pico class Veronica Destin beat Melina de Vries with Jayden Aventurin in third place. In the Quest class Nils Jannichsen and Adrian Coppelmans beat Arthur and Cai Banting by just one point but Micheal Darwish would have won if he could have repeated the first place in the first race.

In the largest class, the Lasers, Ryan Hope Ross won the first race but Jolyon Ferron the next two. The end result had Jolyon first followed by Justin Pieterse and Ryan Hope Ross. There was further potential lurking in the bottom half of the results as Kai Henriquez took a third and Stephane Ferron a second.

The Jeanneau 20 class was dominated by Ian Martin who was followed by Han de Bruyn Kops whose extensive talent is not regularly seen on racecourses. Iain Mobbs took the third place.

The race was managed by the now highly experienced team of Paul Henriquez and Corinne Draesner.

This was the final event before the peak hurricane months and the small boat sailing is scheduled to restart in October. A full racing program will be published in the next few days including an extensive youth and adult sailing lessons calender.

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