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Curacao Regatta 2013

Curaçao Regatta Windsurfers, winners from all classes (from left, standing): Ryan Richie, Richard Richie, Aron Etmon, Jean Paul Da Silva De Goes and Stijn Overwater; (from left, kneeling): Stefan De Bell, Lucas Van Neutegem, Oscar Etmon, Lara Overwater
Curaçao Regatta Windsurfers, winners from all classes (from left, standing): Ryan Richie, Richard Richie, Aron Etmon, Jean Paul Da Silva De Goes and Stijn Overwater; (from left, kneeling): Stefan De Bell, Lucas Van Neutegem, Oscar Etmon, Lara Overwater

It was action all the way at the Curaçao Regatta 2013 sailed over the last weekend in March off the beautiful coastal waters south of Curacao and Spanish Waters.

Organized by ‘De Stichting Vrienden van de Curacao Regatta’ this year’s event brought together a splendid number of participants to compete in several different classes that included yachts (monohulls & Catamarans) Sunfishes, Centaurs (short and long keel), Optimists; Class A, B and C, and Windsurfers; Class A, B and C.  The event was deemed a wonderful success by the competitors and by the public who went along in large numbers to enjoy the spectacle.

The windsurfing was spectacular with 22 sailors registered and taking part. Classes were divided into Windsurfing A, for the advanced windsurfers and ProKids; Windsurfing B, for those at intermediate level, and Windsurfing C for the rookies. The 2.85 nautical mile course for A and B classes took the fleet around the Yerba Islands. Windsurfers in Class C sailed a shorter, 1.41 nautical mile course out to a buoy at the entrance of Hyatt. All classes started and finished at Zeeverkenners.

Blustery conditions on the first day brought a taste of things to come and by day two the wind was gusting to 26 knots. This brought out the best in the windsurfers who showed a high degree of skill as they sped around the course, setting some very fast times. Although fun to watch, the competitors fought hard for a podium place and while competition was fierce, sportsmanship was priority number one.

A press release detailing the regatta results included a thank you to the organizers of Curacao Regatta 2013, and made special mention of the volunteers, the sponsors, and all the participants, for making it a wonderful event.

WINDSURFING COMPETITION RESULTS:
Class A

1st: Aron Etmon (CUR-2)
2nd: Jean Paul Da Silva De Goes (CUR-914)
3rd: Richard Richie (CUR- 182)

Class B
1st: Stijn Overwater (CUR-123)
2nd: Ryan Richie (CUR-172)
3rd: Oscar Etmon (CUR-211)

Class C
1st: Stefan de Bell
2nd: Lara Overwater
3rd: Lucas Van Neutegem

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