In Curacao, the turn of the year is surrounded with traditional events up and around the sea. Sailing yachts race against each other for decades in the End of the Year Race. All sailors get together at the equal traditional after-sailing party, eating a traditional Dutch new year’s treat. Sponsors spoil the winners with the same nice prices every year. The fun factor is of an indefinable high caliber.
So what about the owners of the numerous recreational motor boats on the island? Since the turn of the century Fuik Bay is the place to be for yachts, sea doo’s, sloops, and some sailing boats and their owners, who cannot get enough of traditions. Slowly but surely, the first Sunday of the new year got well known among the partygoers.
This year, the numbers of boat owners—and all who like to participate in the chaos and manage to conquer a spot on a boat—exceeded all preceding years. Hundreds and hundreds of boats created a lively atmosphere, chaotic but very pleasant. It was a crazy jumble, where everybody was having fun. The Coastguard kept an eye on the situation, giving extra attention to safety and everything went well and smooth.