Mul­ti­hull Event Joins Caribbean Circuit

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The Sint Maarten Yacht Club, founder of the nearly four­decade-old St. Maarten Heineken Re­gatta, re­cently un­veiled an­other new event it is call­ing the Caribbean Mul­ti­hull Chal­lenge, a three-day re­gatta de­voted ex­clu­sively to mul­ti­hulls.

“This event will wel­come ev­ery mul­ti­hull type—Gun­boats, tri­marans, La­goons, Leop­ards, Fon­taine Pa­jots and Spronk boats,” said re­gatta steer­ing com­mit­tee chair­man Petro Jonker, (“Spronk” boats be­ing those de­signed by Dutch mul­ti­hull pi­o­neer Peter Spronk, who called St. Martin home back in the 1960s and whose de­signs con­tinue to sail to this day).

“We’ll even throw in a Pi­rate Class,” Jonker added, “so lo­cal char­ter boats with fun hand­i­caps can race. The whole idea is to of­fer cre­ative races that will put a smile on ev­ery sailor’s face.”

Set to take place next Fe­bru­ary, the event will also in­clude a small mul­ti­hull show and is be­ing billed as the lat­est ad­di­tion to the al­ready busy win­ter and spring Caribbean rac­ing circuit, which in­cludes such events as the BVI Spring Re­gatta, An­tigua Sail­ing Week, the St. Thomas In­ter­na­tional Re­gatta and the RORC Caribbean 600.

For de­tails on the new event, visit smyc.com/ caribbean-multi hullchal­lenge.—AC

The new SMYC re­gatta will be all mul­ti­hulls all the time, not to men­tion lots of fun

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