SIMPSON BAY-The first race day of the St. Maarten Yacht Club’s Grant Thornton Keelboat Series sets sail Sunday. The first warning for the four races scheduled for the day will be at 11:00am in Simpson Bay.
Already several local boats have signed up to compete including Kick em Jenny, Island Water World I and The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta winner Wanna Be with a new mast and rig.
The FKG boat and the French side based boat of Erwan Normand and the J 70 sailed by Garth Steyn are also expected on the start line.
Several Jeanneau 20’s will be on the water to be sailed by Ian Martin, Nils Jannichsen and Petro Jonker.
A new entrant to the racing scene will be Bennie Oosterhof’s Archambault 22 Sprinto. This small sister of the well known French Archambault series and a successor to the famous Surprise series is a centre boarder and a very modern one.
The race officer Sunday will be Ernst Looser who will lead the experienced team of Corine Draesner, Clenda Pecht and Carin Adelstein.
The wind for the day is expected to be 14- 15 knots.
could now hope for is a cruising class to be added to this solid fleet.
Sailors can enter via the SMYC web site. The Notice of Race has also been posted and the courses can also be found online at www.smyc.com/keelboat-series.
Payments must be done before Saturday at the office between 8:30am and 5:00pm or online.