Simpson Bay, St. Maarten – May 9th , 2022
The first day of the Sint Maarten Yacht Club’s Hope Ross Series, which is part of the Grant Thornton Dinghy Season Championship, was known for beautiful sailing conditions, on the west side of the Causeway Bridge.
The Race Committee was able to start 4 races. The SMYC was happy to see both the Club de Voile de Friar’s Bay and the St Barths Yacht Club joining the racing again. Not only the children are competing, but we also see fathers or father/son teams joining as well!
8 sailors competed in the Laser Class. Emma Lennox came in third in a Laser 4.7 and Jules Fortunati and Justin Pieterse ended up in a tie on first and second place, both winning 2 races and 2 races as second. Pieterse won the last race so ended up on first place at the end of the day.
In the Optimist Class 9 sailors competed. Corentine Corroy came in third place and Thomas Magras and Sarah Michaux ended up in a tie as well for first and second place, with 8 points. Thomas Magras came in first and Michaux came second. Axel van den Eynde from Sint Maarten, 7 years old, sailed his first race ever and managed to finish all the races. He was supported by his grandfather, mother, and father on the water. He did great!
4 teams sailed in the RS Quest fleet. Paul Pages and his son came in third. As it was the day of ties, Antonin and his crew from the St. Barths Yacht Club ended up in a tie with SXM’s Racing Coach Sam Peeks and his brother Guus Peeks.
Both teams won two races, but the Peeks brothers won the last race so they ended up first at the end of the day.
In the RS Zest class, 2 teams sailed. Clarice Darling and her friend came in second place and Filippa Vriezen sailed on her own and won the Zest Class.
“Congratulations to all competitors and winners. Great to see a big group of competitors out on the water again. We would like to thank the volunteers that made this race day happen again. In special we would like to thank Corrine Draesner and Clenda Pecht. Both ladies are organizing the race committee almost every race. Corrine is going back to Canada for the summer, so we won’t see her in a while, but she will be back in December. We can’t do this without you ladies, thank you!”. Said Saskia Revelman, Event Manager from the Sint Maarten Yacht Club.
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