Tag Archives: St. Maarten Yacht Club

Laser Sailors Mark Your Calendars!

Competitor and organizer of the St. Martin Laser Championship Frits Bus

The annual Open Caribbean Laser Championship will take place in St. Martin’s Baie Orientale (Orient Bay), over the weekend of June 23 – 25. Backed by longtime sponsor Island Water World, organizers say they are expecting representatives from many Caribbean …

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Nautical Holiday Happenings

Lighted Boat Parade – St. Croix, USVI

There might not be snow and sleigh rides, but the spirit of the yuletide holidays is alive throughout the Caribbean. Here is a sampling of nautical holiday happenings. LIGHTED BOAT PARADES Deck your decks with lights, ornaments and festively-dressed crew. …

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Heineken Light Laser Championships

Heineken Light Laser Championships

Benoit Meesmaecker may well have earned copyright on the Heineken Light Caribbean Open Laser Championships after winning it so many times. If not, he has certainly made it his own, and his presence every year comes with that air of …

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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta: Hot Racing, Cold Beer

St Maarten Heineken Regatta: El Ocaso, overall winner of CSA 3 and the regatta’s prestigious ‘Most Worthy Performance’ award. Photo: OceanMedia

The 36th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta was a record affair. Eighty four yachts competed in the Gill Commodores Cup, the largest entry in its history and 193 boats participated in the three day Heineken Regatta. This year organisers …

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Heineken Light Caribbean Open Laser Championships

Start line action viewed from the committee boat. The Heineken Light Caribbean Open Laser Championships attracted a 24-­boat fleet of seasoned sailors and emerging youth Photo by Robert Luckock

An utterly dominating performance by St. Barths’ Benoit Meesmaecker at the 25th Heineken Light Caribbean Open Laser Championships in St. Martin on June 14-15 handed the French sailor his second Laser Champion title here since 2012. Benoit won the six-boat …

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2013 Caribbean Lighted Boat Parades & Parties

New Year’s Eve fireworks in Bequia. Photo Courtesy Bequia NYE Celebration Committee

In the Caribbean, Santa is more likely to cruise down the chimney in a dinghy than arrive on a sleigh. The region definitely doesn’t lack for festivities and a true seasonal spirit during the December holidays. Here’s a sampling of …

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Ready, Set, and Finally … Sail

Corina IV, carrying the flag of Sint Maarten proudly around the world

With months of preparation and many postponed departures the young St. Maarteners who are attempting to sail around the world have set sail. In February 2013 Kippy Gilders, Alex Nebe, Maria Merckens, Laura Bijnsdorp and I came up with the …

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The Eye of the Wind Visits St Maarten

Maritime Experience Day on The Eye of the Wind Several youngsters from St Maarten-St.Martin had the opportunity to go on board The Eye of the Wind in January to experience a day on a Tall Ship and take an active …

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La Course de L’Alliance Regatta 2012

Organized by the St. Maarten Yacht Club (SMYC) for the first time in its nine year history, La Course de L’Alliance, sailed in late November, was an outstanding success and added one more regatta to the clubs already impressive list …

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Junior Sailor Profile: Sint Maarten’s Rhône Findlay

Rhône demonstrates his skills during the passing of Hurricane Igor in 2010. Photo: Ruargh Findlay

Not many Caribbean junior sailors can say that the competitive spirit behind their successful sailing career was born on snow-covered mountains. Yet this was the case for 16-year-old Rhône Findlay. Rhône’s Olympic racer and ski instructor father, Ruargh, taught him …

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Marlow One Design Regatta

After six consecutive years of placing second, Frits Bus clinched the win at the 2012 Marlow One Design Regatta. Hosted by the St. Maarten Yacht Club (SMYC), St. Maarten teams took all three top positions. For two days, sixteen teams …

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