The last Keelboat Race of the 2021-2022 season was sailed in windy and gusty conditions last Sunday.

Updated: Jun 16

Sint Maarten, Simpson Bay - June 12, 2022.


Eleven competitors joined the last Keelboat Race of the 2021-2022 season, last Sunday in Simpson Bay. During the season the competitors sailed in five different 1 or 2 day events, which together is registered as the Grant Thornton Keelboat Season Championship. Last Sunday was the final day. Five boats competed in CSA 1 Class, 2 boats competed in CSA 2 class and 4 multihull Diam 24 Trimarans competed in the Multihull class.


Race Officer Sahil Khatnani started the Multihull class to the cablemarker in Philipsburg and back to Simpson Bay. The flying trimarans had a great upwind beat to Philipsburg, but at the upwind mark one of the boats spectacularly capsized. Assisted by the other trimarans they were able to get the boat upright again. As a fleet, they decided the conditions were a bit too rough and went back into port.


At the same time CSA 1 and CSA 2 sailed four races in Simpson Bay where it was gusting around 25 knots of wind. The fleet had great fun racing around an upwind downwind course, but it was challenging because of the shifty and gusty wind conditions, which resulted in a couple of broaches under gennaker. IGY Racing team with their J70 took the win of the day in the CSA 1 class with two second places, a first place and a third place. The Island Water World Melges came in second and broke the tie in their favor with Solstice a J10, which made them finish in third for the day.


In the CSA 2 class it was close racing between Team Sprinto and Robbie Ferron in his Sun Fast 20. Even though Ferron took all the wins, it was close and exciting. Team Sprinto made real progress throughout the season, flying down the racing course with their blue and white spinnaker was a great view. Well done.


In the overall scoring for the 5 series all together, the Grant Thornton Keelboat Season Championship, Crybaby took the win in the Multihull class, followed by Karibuni in second place and Merlin on third place. Both with 9 points, but Karibuni breaking the tie.


In the CSA 2 class Benny Oosterhof and his Team Sprinto came in third, followed by Jordan Pieterse and her young crew in the Sun Fast 20 in second place. Robbie Ferron and his Sun Fast 20 took a convincing win with 4 bullets and a second place.


In the CSA 1 class Garth Steyn and his J70 Franny ‘IGY Racing Team’ came in third place. Caraibes Diesel, Melges 24 skippered by Erwan le Normand came in second place overall. But for the third time in a row, Frits Bus and his Melges 24 sailing team – Island Water World - took the win in the CSA 1 class.


During prize giving all volunteers were thanked that made this racing season a great success. Without the volunteers it’s impossible to pull of a season like this. The sailing committee is looking forward to next season starting in September.


Pictures and results can be found online.


Sint Maarten Yacht Club

The club was established in 1980 with the goal to promote sailing on the island of St. Maarten. The Sint Maarten Yacht Club 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 Caribbean island destination of St. Maarten. For more information visit www.smyc.com


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