Simpson Bay, St. Maarten – November 29, 2021
On November 27 the Sint Maarten Yacht Club hosted the second day of the Aberson Series, part of the Grant Thornton Dinghy Season Championship. Twenty-eight competitors joined the races on the west side of the Causeway Bridge. In the morning the wind was very light, however the wind picked up throughout the day and Race Committee were able to start the first race at 2 PM as scheduled. 5 races were sailed and this brought the total number of races of the 2-day series to 8 races.
Rio Stomp kept dominating the Laser Pico Class, he was already leading after the first day of racing and managed to stay first overall. James Lennox became second in the Laser Pico class, followed by Clarice Darling in third position. The sailing coach was happy to see Wabi Teunissen compete in the Laser Pico class for his first race ever and he managed to finish all 5 races, a great accomplishment indeed.
The sailors from St. Barths, Antonin Tibo and crew took the win in the RS Quest Class with Melina de Vries together with Louka Williams in second place.
Even though the win of the first day of racing in the Aberson Series in the Optimist class was for Emilien Le Normand from Club de Voile de Friars Bay, Lollie Osswald from the St. Barths Yacht Club came back strong during day two and managed to win the Series. Followed by Marvin Febrissy in second and Corentine Corroy in third place. Emilien le Normand became fourth.
The Laser Class saw twelve competitors. The Race Committee was glad to see Jolyon Ferron racing his laser Standard again for his first race this season. He managed to take four bullets and one third place during the day. This brought him to third position into the overall Aberson Series, even though Ferron didn’t compete in race day one.
Justin Pieterse sailed very consistent again with a first place, three second places and a third place and this made him win the overall Aberson Series. Frits Bus came in third with his Laser Standard.
“This morning we still considered rescheduling the racing day, and in the end we have sailed five beautiful races! The racing area on the west side of the causeway gives the racing committee the possibility to put in some longer courses and make it more challenging for the sailors. Thanks to all the volunteers that make this possible, we are glad we can keep up the high numbers in competitors in our dinghy series and host this great Grant Thornton Season Championship”. Said Sam Peeks, Racing Coach of the Sint Maarten Yacht Club.
Next dinghy races as part of the Grant Thornton Season Championships will take place on January 8th and January 22nd and will be the Hoedemaker Series.
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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