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The Mount Gay Rum Red Caps Have Arrived!

Simpson Bay, St. Maarten – January 30, 2018

The Sint Maarten Yacht Club – organizers of the first ever Caribbean Multihull Challenge to be held in Simpson Bay on the 8th, 9th, and 10th of February 2019 – are proud to announce that the Mount Gay Red Caps have arrived on our island just waiting for the hot racing to begin. The mount Gay Red cap is a symbol of accomplishment in the sailing community. It can only be worn by sailors who have raced in select Mount Gay Rum sponsored Regatta throughout the world where, upon completion of the course they are awarded the cap.

When the first annual Caribbean Multihull Challenge was announced in early 2018, Roel Kokkelmans, Commercial Manager at ILTT in St. Maarten and Pascale Sold, Caribbean Brand Manager for Mount Gay Rum recognized the importance of a Sint Maarten sailing event open only to Multihulls. Working with Michele Korteweg, GM and Petro Jonker, Board Member at the SMYC, details were worked out to qualify this upcoming event as worthy of red cap designation. “How great it is to have the support of the world’s oldest rum as a sponsor of this unique regatta and to be able to designate it as an official red cap event”, said Roel.

“The Mount Gay Rum brand has a very strong connection with the sailing community and is a favorite amongst the sailors. From a thirst quenching Eclipse Rum punch after the race to a Mount Gay XO on the rocks at the Captain’s briefing, the mount gay Rum brand is always there. We are very proud to be a main sponsor for this wonderful regatta and count on many more years of partnership” said Pascale Sold.

The sailor’s tradition of rum drinking can be traced back to the British navy hundreds of years ago. Since then it has remained the favorite spirit of pirates, merchants, military and pleasure Sailors alike. Mount Gay Rum is known worldwide as a patron of competitive sailing and every racing sailor knows that a true regatta is only as good as its after party. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday racing will be followed each day by prize giving and fun parties.

Most spectacular will be Saturday the 9th with racing for a Mount Gay Trophy and a special Mount Gay sponsored party at Buccaneer Beach Bar featuring beach games for yacht crews in the late afternoon. As the evening wears on the public is invited to join in the celebration with good food, unique Mount Gay rum cocktails, hot music and Carnival dancing.

About ILTT:

ILTT is St Maarten’s first and largest Spirits and Beer distributor in St Maarten, established in 1960’s as a family owed business. ILTT has a long and well established exclusive relationship with many of the world’s largest supplier of leading international beverage, spirits, wines and tobacco, Over the years the company has gained a reputation for its focus on brand building with a solid financial base and an experienced management, sales marketing and logistical team.

About the Caribbean Multihull Challenge Sint Maarten:

The Sint Maarten Yacht Club will host the first annual Caribbean Multihull Challenge from February 8-10, 2019. The event is open to all multihull sailors on racing catamarans and trimarans as well as chartered cats and cruising multis. For more information visit

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