St. Maarten, Simpson Bay, November 28th 2022.
On Saturday November 26th twenty-seven (27) candidates participated in the first day of the Aberson Series. The Aberson Series are part of the Grant Thronton Dingy Season Championship. The second race day of the Aberson Series will be sailed on December 17th.
Competitors from the Saint Barths Yacht Club, Club de Voile de Friars Bay from French Saint Martin, students from the secondary school MDA in French Saint Martin, and students from the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, signed up and took part in the race.
The Aberson race day 1 consisted of 5 races in 4 classes: Laser (4.7, Radial and Standard combined), Optimist, RS Quest, and RS Zest.
In the Laser class 11 competitors raced for the win. Emilien Le Normand from Club de Voile de Fryers Bay came in third place, Jordan Pieterse from the Sint Maarten Yacht Club came in second, but it was Alain in his laser Standard, representing MDA School Saint Martin that took the win.
The race committee was happy to see great interest in the Optimist Class as well, 13 boats sailed and tried to beat each other. Thomas Magras from St. Barths came in third place; Clement le Normand from Club de voile de friar s bay came in second and Sarah Michaux also from Club de voile de friar s bay took the win in the Optimist Class. Nathan Sheppard from Sint Maarten ended up in fourth place, only two points after Thomas Magras.
In the RS Quest class Lucca Magnan and Antonin Sciou from Saint Barth participated as the only boat in their class.
With two competitors in the RS Zest class, Alexander Tiefenbrunne took the win over Massimo Lapierre, who came in second, both competitors representing the SMYC.
“It was a beautiful day of racing with excellent weather conditions. We are looking forward to the second day of racing!” said racing coach Sam Peeks.
With Aberson day 2 coming up on Saturday December 17th, Sint Maarten Yacht Club would like to encourage the youth and fellow experienced sailors to register.
The results for Aberson Day 1 can be found on the Sint Maarten Yacht Club Website.
After the race, there was a tree trimming party at the St. Maarten Yacht Club Restaurant.
Many children turned out and enjoyed the activity table decorating various wooden Christmas tree ornaments and hung them up on the SMYC Christmas Tree. The participants from the Aberson Day Series Day 1 joined and were also greeted to refreshments after the eventful racing day. The Sint Maarten Yacht Club Social Committee ensured that everyone was filled with hot chocolate and delicious cookies and treats. We also had the K1 Britannia Foundation present promoting ticket sales for their upcoming Christmas Raffle.
"Watching all these kids enjoy decorating and indulging in Christmas treats was a great way to kick off the holiday season here at the yacht club, we are looking forward to seeing what else we can add to this event for the future", said Office Manager Naomi.
The Sint Maarten Yacht Club would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and guardians that made any contributions to making the event successful.
A BIG thank you to the Ladies from the Sint Maarten Yacht Club Social Committee and K1 Britannia Foundation.
The Sint Maarten Yacht Club is Christmas ready! Stop by to admire our Christmas tree.
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