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Yacht Club News – Sept 06

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St. Maarten Yacht club receives new Optimist boats for youth sailing

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Five local companies (Antek, PDG, Gulf Insurance, Bobby’s Marina Group Holding and Shipwreck shops) each have donated an Optimist sailing boat to the St. Maarten Yacht Club. The new boats were inaugurated during a small ceremony at the yacht club, with the sponsors toasting the new boats with champagne, while students sailed up and down in front of the club, showing off their new learn skills.

The optimist is worldwide the most successful one design boat with over 300,000 boats sailing. Most Olympic sailors have started in this pram, which despite it’s boxy look is surprisingly fast and responsive.

The St. Maarten Yacht Club Youth Program offers weekly sailing lessons for children from 8 years up. Interested people should contact Hattum Hoekstra at 5226007.

ST. Thomas Yacht Club Revives Women’s Regatta

On November 11 and 12, the St. Thomas Radiology Women’s Regatta will be sailed in Laser Radials and Club 420 sailboats, open to women of all ages. The club plans to have both singles and doubles competition and divide the fleet into an A and B division so the event will appeal to all sailors whether beginner or expert. “We are hoping to draw competitors from the entire Caribbean as well as the US and expect an excellent turnout to this inaugural regatta,” says club manager Bill Canfield. An NOR will be forth coming in the next few weeks with final details of the Cowpet Bay event.

Sailing Greats Coming for Bitter End 20 th Pro Am in October

America’s Cup skippers, Olympic medalists, Around the World Race winners and world champions will gather at Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin Islands, October 28 – November 4, 2006, to lead teams made up of resort guests in a week-long competition for the top Pro Am Regatta honors.

For 2006, all 10 skippers, juniors and masters (and their teams) will take part in an eight to 10 race fleet series, establishing the seedings for head to head match racing. The best of two-out-of-three race finals between the last two seeds standing will determine an overall winner, who, as the "Invitational" trophy dedication points out "excels at both match racing and fleet racing." Bitter End’s fleets of Freedom 30s and Hunter 216s will be used for match racing. This year, IC 24s will be making their Pro Am debut as the fleet race boat. For more information on the 20th Annual Pro Am Regatta, call 800.872.2392, email [email protected] or visit www.beyc.com.

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