The second day of the Keelboat Starter Series sailed on December 19th in windy conditions.

Simpson Bay, St. Maarten – December 22, 2022

With 20 – 24 knots of wind and even stronger gusts it was a challenging day for the four competitors that sailed in the second day of the Starter Series, last Sunday.

Seven boats decided to go out in the morning, but only four boats stayed and raced. The conditions were to strong for both Island Water Worlds Melges and Benny Oosterhof with his Team Sprinto didn’t want to take the risk due to being short on crew.

This left Solstice, Team FKG, Team Carib Diesel and Franny on the starting line.

Steve Burzon and crew organized the Race Committee team and decided on two longer races.

Solstice took the win on the first race with four minutes ahead of number two, Team FKG, on corrected time. Carib Diesel came in third and Franny finished fourth.

In the second race team FKG took the win four minutes ahead of Solstice that came in second.

It was a challenging day for the competitors, but it was great racing. Strong stories were told at the bar after racing about broaching, flying, and capsizing.

This racing day was the second day of the 2 day Starter Series. In the overall results over the two days Carib Diesel came in third in the racing class, Team IWW 1 came in second and Team IWW took the win of the Starter Series in the racing class.

In the cruising class Jordan Pieterse and her crew came in second and Robbie Ferron and crew took the win of the Starter Series.

The race committee is looking forward to the January Series, on January 9 and January 30th and is hoping to see all competitors out on the water again.

Results can be found on Yachtscoring and pictures can be found on the SMYC Website.

About the 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 team work, 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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