Updated: Oct 29, 2021
October 28, 2021 – Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten
This weekend, October 30 and 31, the Sint Maarten Yacht Club will be hosting the 16th Annual Sol St. Maarten Optimist Championship, a weekend full of high class racing in the beautiful waters of Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten. 19 sailors from 5 different islands will be competing in this qualifier event for the 2022 Optimist World Championship.
This year Antigua is back in full force after having missed the 2020 edition of the event due to Covid travel restrictions. The Antigua team is bringing 6 sailors and will bring high class racing to the event.
The SMYC is very happy to see that the Nevis Aquatic and Sailing Center and Youth Sailing Curacao – YSCO, are both coming over with 2 sailors each to join in the competition. Club de Voile de Friar’s Bay has been competing on the Dutch side on a regular basis in Dinghy Series and other events, often with a strong Optimist fleet, it is great to see them enter 6 of their youth sailors. Saint Barth Yacht Club is sending only 1 sailor this year as a team went to France to compete in another event there.
TEAM SXM consists of 2 sailors this year. Veronica Destin, who came second place in the Orange Class last year, will make her debut in the Blue Class. Veronica has been on the water almost every day, for the last 2 weeks, getting herself ready for the Sol Sint Maarten Optimist Championships. The newest member of TEAM SXM is Nathan Sheppard, he joined the SMYC sailing program recently, but is very keen on sailing and racing and is showing great potential. Nathan will be competing in the Orange Class.
The race committee is fully prepared for 2 days of racing, the volunteers are briefed, and the equipment is ready. “The weather forecast is promising and shows beautiful sailing conditions for us to be able to sail out in Simpson Bay. The courses consist of more than your average windward leewards, challenging the competitors to keep a close eye on the course conditions and put their tactic skills to the test.” said Jolyon Ferron, Race Officer of the regatta.
“We would like to give a special thank you to the title sponsors; Mobil Lubricants and Sol. They are making this event possible. We would also like to thank Budget Marine, Remax, Pineapple Pete, The Scuba Shop, Domino’s, Island Water World, Grant Thornton, Zeebest, Toppers, Bob Hilbert, St. Maarten Nectar, Divico, Solahot and The Silver Door for their support allowing the SMYC to provide goody bags, shirts, trophies and great prizes. It is truly wonderful to see the local community come together to ensure that sailing for the youth continues. States Saskia Revelman, Event & Sailing School Manager at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club. .
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 www.smyc.com