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The 14th Annual Sol St. Maarten Optimist Championship registration is now open!

Simpson Bay, St. Maarten – October 10, 2019

The Sol St. Maarten Optimist Championship is a 2-day regatta and qualifier for the 2020 Optimist World Championships. This year the event takes place on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November. It attracts racers from the entire Caribbean, from Curacao to Antigua and St. Kitts to St. Barth. It is hosted for the 14th year by the Sint Maarten Yacht Club (SMYC). The title sponsor, Sol Petroleum, is the proud sponsor of this event for the 14th year in a row. They are investing in the youth and the sailors of the future and we are grateful for their generous un-going support for this event.

Last year we had a record number of entrants for the event. Thirty-five Opti sailors from St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Kitts and St. Barth’s participated. “We were very excited that St. Kitts entered last year because they hadn’t competed in regional sailing competitions for several years and for many of their sailors it was the first time they had gone off island for a sailing event,” according to Reinier Calkhoven, SMYC Sailing Instructor. “We hope they will join us again this year.”

Antiguan sailor Theodore Spencer was the overall winner of last years’ Championship. “Our top Opti sailor from St. Maarten, 13 year old Emma Lennox, has just returned from the Optimist North American Championship and we are anxious about how she is going to perform during the 14th edition of the Sol St. Maarten Optimist Championship,” according to Scott Doyle, the new racing coach of the SMYC. “Last year she was the only St. Maarten sailor in the blue feet for the more advanced kids and challenged herself with the level of competition she was experiencing.”

The SMYC has a new system in place to ensure more countries can compete in the competition. We have reserved 3 hulls for St. Kitts, Antigua, Curacao, St. Thomas and BVI. Boat rental is $50 for the weekend. Anguilla, St. Barth and the French side of St. Martin are expected to bring their own hulls. Sailors arriving Friday can go on a practice sail on one of the club boats at no charge pending time and availability. Entry fee is $95 for both days and includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday, a potluck on Saturday after racing, Domino’s Pizza on Sunday after racing, drinks and snacks on both days.

This years’ sponsors for goodies and prizes include Sol St. Maarten, Divico distributors & Cash & Carry, Remax Island Properties and Scuba Shop. Bob Hilbert sportswear is creating special rash guards for all participants. More sponsors will be announced soon.

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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 teamwork, 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

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