Team FKG sails through the Sahara Dust to grab 1st Place for the Day, Team Island Water World Takes

Simpson Bay Bridge- Despite the swath of Sahara dust on Sunday, excellent wind conditions prevailed out on the water for the final day of racing in the Grant Thornton Keelboat Series hosted by the Sint Maarten Yacht Club which started in November. This was the first time since the Covid-19 lockdown the local racing boats went back to the starting line, completing five exhilarating races for the day.

Although it was Team Island Water World who captured the Overall Series win, it was the FKG Melges 24 helmed by Andrea Scarabelli who were the victors of the day, inching out Team Island Water World by only one point.

Frits Bus of Team Island Water World said “This was one of our best keelboat events ever with six closely matched boats that were all well-sailed for all five races of the day. Everyone had a chance all the time.” At the results ceremony at the SMYC the crews clearly celebrated an excellent day of sailing.

Third place for the day went to Team Island Water World 2 where 20 year old Alec Scarabelli gave his father, helm of the winning boat, a number of moments for concern. This youth team is slowly developing the capacity to take some wins. The team on Caraibes Diesel had their work cut out for them, but it wasn’t for a lack of enthusiasm, they clearly enjoyed being back out racing and took a third in race three.

In the two-boat cruising class, Bunglebird took wins over Voodoo who are finding out how to make their high potential boat go fast. Voodoo is a recently refitted boat belonging to André Swart that was without a mast for a long time and is now being brought back to racing form.

The race officers were Corinne Draesner and Clenda Pecht who were supported by Ross Barker and Iain Mobbs.

For the final series’ results, the clear winner out of 19 races was Team Island Water World who participated extensively and won convincingly. Second place went to the J-70 Team IGY helmed by Garth Steyn. Third place went to Kick ‘em Jenny. Bunglebird won the Cruising division. The seasons keelboat series was sponsored by Grant Thornton, the global financial services company.

The next SMYC event will be the Hope-Ross Series on the next two Saturdays, the 27th June and the 4th July. This series will be raced in the Simpson Bay Lagoon with classes in Optimist, Pico, RS Quest, Laser and Jeanneau 20. On each of these days the first start will be at 2pm. To register email After racing on July 4th the club will present overall awards for the total Grant Thornton Dinghy Series.

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