SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – The Sint Maarten Yacht Club will be organizing the First Annual Caribbean Multihull Challenge regatta in February 2019, and excitement is already building with the event approximately five weeks away.
Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Stuart Johnson said on Sunday that 2019 will be a busy year for tourism overall and commends the Sint Maarten Yacht Club for designing a new sailing category, the multihull challenge which kicks off in 2019 and is a spinoff from the annual Sint Maarten Heineken Regatta.
The multihull regatta race will take place on February 8th, 9th, and 10th.
The organizers stated in a previous press statement that, “In response to the remarkable growth in the multihull category, the Sint Maarten Yacht Club has designed an important annual event celebrating the differences between a traditional yacht race and a race series designed for the special attributes of multihulls.
“And accompanying the hot racing the club will mount a major celebration of multihulls in all their glory. For 2019 great parties, beach games for competitors, and even a small boat show will highlight the three days of this brand-new Festival.
“The experienced Caribbean regatta participant knows that multihulls have always been a “sideshow” of a major regatta. No more. Things changed in high performance and cruising multihull design so the opportunity for close, exciting racing is now at hand.
“Early cruising multihulls may not have been fast or easily maneuverable, but many new designs accelerate quickly and can sail close to the wind. Talented professional racers are now eager captain the high tech multi’s of today in competitive settings.
“This event celebrates the difference. Multihull sailors are a different breed. They eschew hauling large amounts of lead to create stability. They embrace the technology that surrounds modern multihull design.
“They enjoy the space and practicality of multihulls; and they live to celebrate the creativity of these new designs at sea or at anchor. The Caribbean Multihull Challenge is intended to be a Festival to celebrate all of these attributes and differences.
“The Sint Maarten Yacht Club, already enjoying the strongest multihull entry of all Caribbean regattas in its “Heineken Regatta” has created this event to assemble the many multihulls in the region – new and old – to come together to celebrate the multihull lifestyle.”