The 6th edition of the Course de L’alliance will take place in St. Martin on November 27th, 28th and 29th 2009. Boats from around the Caribbean will rally to three exciting locations over the course of three days and challenge each other the entire way. Classes will include spinnaker, non-spinnaker, multihull and open, and all boats are welcome to enter.
Participants will begin their adventure off the pristine shores of St. Maarten on Friday the 27th with a start in Simpson Bay. From there all classes will race to the finish just off the port of Gustavia in French St. Barths. Competitors will overnight in St. Barths and on Saturday will once again battle the winds and set a course to Shoal Bay in Anguilla. After overnighting on the quaint little island of Anguilla, racers will have a late start on Sunday Morning the 29th to make their way back to home port of Marigot at the Marina Fort Louis, where all competitors receive free dockage for the evening.
This year there will be a change in the entry formula. The entry fee will be lowered to €100.00 from the previous year of €200. This lowering of fee allows for the event to grow, as it was becoming increasingly difficult to accommodate all participants for dinners and breakfasts. For the 2009 event, participants will be responsible for their own meals during the three day weekend. This also allows the sailors a freedom of choice of where to eat when visiting the other islands during the race.
Registration will take place on Thursday November 26th from 4 to 6 p.m., followed immediately by a skippers briefing. The location will be announced at a later date.
Sponsors of this established event include the main presenter of the rally, Marina Fort Louis. Companies such as Windward Islands Bank, Petrosol, Dauphan Telecom, Siapoc, Madco, Interlux and Kitrad have all joined the organizers to assist in bringing participants a weekend of fantastic racing and fun filled island hopping.
This event, which is organized by the Marina Fort Louis and the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, offers competitors from around the Caribbean competitive racing, as well as unique ports of call. All Caribbean competitors are welcome and all boats will sail under CSA rating and safety rules. For more information please visit the official regatta website www.coursedelalliance.com or contact Hervé Dorvil at Marina Fort Louis 590-51-11-11
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