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Sailing Triumphs and Youthful Enthusiasm Shine at PowerAde Multiclass Regatta

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  • The St. Maarten Yacht Club hosted a memorable event with the PowerAde Multiclass Regatta, where 32 sailors of all ages and experiences took to the waters in Optimists, Lasers, and Jeanneau Sunfast 20s.
  • The competition was fierce, leading to closely contested results. Notably, the Jeanneau 20 fleet required a tie-breaker to determine the second and third places, eventually won by John Gifford, Guy Taylor-Smith, and Liesbeth Halbertsma, leaving experienced sailor Bernard Sillem in second.
  • In the Laser category, veteran sailor Luc Knol secured the first-place position. The following positions were taken by teams Bodine Beentjes and Saskia Looser, and Bart van Vliet and Maxime Lee, showcasing both individual and collaborative talent.

St. Maarten Yacht Club – Good Fun at PowerAde Multiclass Regatta

Fair winds and high spirits made this year’s annual PowerAde Multiclass Regatta a huge success. Thirty-two sailors participated in Optimists, Lasers, and Jeanneau Sunfast 20s.

The sailing was competitive and the results were tight. A tie-breaker was needed to determine second and third place in the Jeanneau 20 fleet. John Gifford, Guy Taylor-Smith and Liesbeth Halbertsma (who had never sailed before), emerged triumphant, leaving second place to a team lead by well-know French sailor Bernard Sillem. Team Blond, the young team that keeps pushing their elders to sweep out the cobwebs, finished third.

In lasers, veteran Luc Knol took first place. Second and third, racing in teams and tied on points, were Bodine Beentjes and Saskia Looser, and Bart van Vliet and Maxime Lee.

This year the Optimists dinghies raced under a new fleet system, divided by age. In the Blue Fleet, a tie-breaker was needed at the top, with first place going to Rhone Findlay and second place going to Leonardo Knol. Ferdinand Unser placed third.

Tight racing in the White Fleet saw Alec Scarabelli win first place. He was followed by Nathan Smith who finished only one point ahead of Ilian Halbertsma
in third.

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The youngest, and least experienced fleet, Green, welcomed a new racer. In his very first regatta, Zack Sabaroche placed a respectable third. Carson Gifford took second place. A jubilant Katie Caputo won first prize for the first time!

The regatta was made possible by sponsors PowerAde, and a host of volunteers. Each competitor and volunteer was rewarded with a PowerAde shirt and lots of PowerAde to keep hydrated during the day-long regatta. After some shenanigans getting all the boats to stay put at the beach on Explorer Island in the Simpson Bay Lagoon, lunch was enjoyed by all, thanks to Domino’s Pizza.

Article submitted by Kathy Gifford

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Gary Brown
Gary Brownhttp://garyebrown.net
Gary E. Brown is the Editorial Director of All At Sea Caribbean. He is a presenter on Island 92, 91.9 FM, St. Maarten, and the author of the thriller/sailing adventure Caribbean High. For more information, visit: garyebrown.net

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