Curaçao experienced two major sailing events over the Easter weekend. On Friday, 58 boats with more than a hundred sailors started on Spanish Waters for the 26th annual Curaçao Regatta at the Sea Scouts' headquarters, while the same number of windsurfers got ready for the second Curaçao Challenge (see report this issue.)
The Curaçao Regatta was a competitive, but friendly get-together between local sailing boats: yachts, Centaurs, Sunfish and Optimists. During the 26 years of its existence the event previously weighed up from a simple Sail-In for local yachts into an international cat sailing competition with participants from all over the world.
For the past few years however, it's back to the base: a two-day fun event for all local sailors with many short races in which tactical sailing skills of the participants can properly be compared. Ivo van Dooren and the Sea Scouts' leading couple, John and Annelies Ackermans, signed on for the perfect organization, spontaneously assisted by many volunteers who were very familiar with their jobs.
During the award ceremony in the Sea Scouts' boat house, the young Optimist B sailor Camiel Voigt was announced as the overall winner, able to triumph in five races out of six. In front of a big crowd the names of all the sailors passed in review, sharing the cheers for the top three in each category, who received a commemorative medal.
For the 26th time the Curaçao Regatta proved to be a bliss in the days before Easter. "Actually the few committee meetings were a joy" said Jan Ackermans of the organizing committee. "Our formula is simple: Every class has its own coordinator and we centrally organize the starts and finishes, and the prize giving ceremony, in which the sea scouts play an important role. We feel blessed with such a dedicated and experienced team of volunteers. The Curaçao Regatta is here to stay – there will be a 27th edition next year! That's for sure."