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Less than a month until St. Maarten Classic Regatta

St Maarten’s inaugural Classic Yacht Regatta, which gets underway on December 2, will introduce a new look to the island’s racing scene. But it’s a new look spearheaded by some familiar faces. Among those sauntering up to the starting line on Saturday 3rd will be local day-charter Brigantine Lord Sheffield and Randy West’s Lone Fox. Anguilla-based Charm II is also expected to register, as is the 152’ Schooner Windrose of Amsterdam.

Racing will start in Simpson Bay on Saturday 3rd and head up to Long Bay on the French side for a swanky beach buffet sponsored by La Samanna Hotel and the new Cupecoy Yacht Club. Festivities, which are intended to feature heavily during the regatta, will resume in the evening at the Soggy Dollar Bar at La Palapa Marina. On Sunday 4th, the awards ceremony will be held at Rancho’s Restaurant nearby.

As this issue went to press, it was still too early to call whether a concerted promotional campaign at the European Boat Shows over summer would bring in a late flurry of entrants. However, organisers Jan Roosens and Mirian Leffers-Ebbers have stressed from the outset that this regatta isn’t about something as vulgar as numbers. What counts is to add a splash of teak, polished brass and rippling canvas into the calendar, strengthen the island’s sailing portfolio and create a new stomping ground for some old campaigners.

To check the updated entry list, log on to www.classicregatta.com

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