Updated: Nov 23, 2021
Simpson Bay, St. Maarten – November 22, 2021
The first day of the Aberson Series, which is part of the Grant Thornton Dinghy Season Championship, was a challenging day for all our twenty-six competitors due to its shifty conditions.
The Race Committee decided to race on the west side of the Causeway Bridge where normally there is a much steadier breeze. As the race area was surrounded by rain showers the wind shifted was not steady at all. This made it very challenging for the sailors and the committee. Despite the challenging conditions the race committee managed to start 3 races.
Club de Voile de Friars Bay and the Sint Barths Yacht Club joined this series again, which made the total of competitors 26.
Four competitors raced in the Laser Pico class. It was Clarice Darling her first race ever and to support her, her dad John Darling sailed in a laser Pico as well. It was great to see the family out on the water having fun and competing. James Lennox came in second place and Rio Stomp won the day in the Laser Pico class with all wins.
The sailors from Sint Barths, Antonin Tibo and crew took the win in the RS Quest Class and Melina de Vries together with Louka Williams came second.
In the Optimist Class 10 young sailors were competing. Lolie Osswald, who won the Soons Series last month came in third position. She ended in sixth position in her first race due to a difficult start but recovered in the second and third race with a second and a first place.
Marvin Febrissy from St. Barths came in second but the win of the day was for Emilien Le Normand from the Club de Voile de Friars Bay with a first place and two third places.
These three sailors are only 1 point apart from each other, that means the battle will go on and will be decided in next weeks race. Well done to Aden Stomp who participated in his first race who managed to finish all the races. Great job!
Ten laser sailors competed in the Laser Class. Frits Bus came in third position, Jules Fortunati from Sint Barths came in second and Team SXM’s Justin Pieterse took the win of the day with a second and two first places.
“Today was a challenging day for all sailors, because of the wind shifts the sailors had to think ahead, read the wind and change their tactics a lot. During the full afternoon the wind shifted 180 degrees. I would like to thank the race committee and the mark layers for their hard work and making this race possible”. Said Sam Peeks, Racing Coach of the Sint Maarten Yacht Club.
The second day of the Aberson Series will take place later this week on Saturday November 27.
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