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St. Maarten Sailing Showcased

The 3rd Electec Lagoon Regatta showcased the quality of sailing on the island at all levels, age groups and genders. In both the Gold and Silver fleets results were mixed with winning positions spread over a wide number of participants. The event was sailed in Jeanneau 20 boats which were rotated in every race to provide the ultimate level playing field.

After a slow start Frits Bus, last year’s winner, gave his all in the final races to clinch the winning position in the Gold Fleet and Petro Jonker and family coasted to an easy victory in the Silver Fleet

On Saturday the conditions were calm, sunny, balmy with a moderate and reasonably constant wind speed. On Sunday the overcast weather was accompanied by gusty, variable winds and squalls.

The overnight leader in the Gold Fleet was the FKG team skippered by Shag Morton with Simon Manley of the Scuba Shop team in second place. In the last race both these teams could still have won the event, but a series of careful strategic moves put Bus in first position, although the race was led by Luc Knol until the last fifty meters. Bus showed his persistence and stamina and his experienced crew consisting of Rien Korteknie and Garth Steyn must have helped to create the result.

A surprising performance in the Gold Fleet was racked up by Team Island 92 in which Mirian Leffers’ team, skippered by Peter Gramnetia, achieved some good scores. Luc Knol took two first places but a disqualification blew his chances.

A group of six teenagers who participate in the youth programme constituted a single team that was sponsored by Necol. This participation reflected the strongly growing youth programme that is being carried out at the Sint Maarten Yacht club.

The next major lagoon regatta will be the North Sails Caribbean Keelboat Championship in which the best Caribbean Sailors will be enticed to compete. This takes place in the third weekend in June.

 

Results

Gold Fleet

1 Frits Bus, Bucaneer/Carib (SXM)

2 Simon Manley, Scuba Shop (SXM)

3 FKG (SXM)

 

Silver Fleet

1 Petro Jonker (SXM)

2 Lucille Frye (SXM)

3 Richard West (Anguilla)

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