St.Maarten-St.Martin Classic Yacht Regatta 2013 canceled
It is with much disappointment that we have to announce the cancellation of the 2013 St.Maarten-St.Martin Classic Yacht Regatta.
During the past weeks we have received information from several ( six up to now ) yachts that they are not able to participate in the regatta if we can not provide a regatta charter.
We are a yachtclub and regatta organization, NOT a charter broker ( although personally I am a broker but that has nothing to do with this regatta )
In the old days, people used to participate in regattas for the fun, now it seems that they want to do a regatta only when they can make money.
This is a heavy decision and I am not happy with it, but I think that it is wise that we don’t want to organize a classic regatta anymore with only a few boats and have the risk that our sponsors are not happy with the return in exposure.
In addition it will cost a lot of money and effort to organize this regatta for just a few boats.
We will of course reimburse the sponsors who have paid already money or have made caps, T-shirts etc. or booked airline tickets for journalists, hotels that made bookings etc.
Thank you all who have worked to set up this regatta and helped out, and thank you to the yachts that really committed to sail the regatta, even with no charter.
We'll see you hopefully during the Antigua Classics.
you for visiting our web site.
The St.Maarten-St.Martin Classic Yacht Regatta started several years ago.
The upcoming 2013 regatta will be the SIXTH regatta.
In the beginning and the past years, our regatta was sanctioned by the Sint Maarten Yacht Club ( SMYC ) but since the 2010 regatta we are sanctioned by the St.Maarten-St.Martin Classic Yacht Club who is also the organizer of the regatta.
We are hosted at the Royal Pasanggrahan Guesthouse and Hotel on the boardwalk in Philipsburg St.Maarten, where also the St.Maarten-St.Martin Classic Yacht Club is.
The official openings party, skippers briefing, parties
and award giving ceremony will be held at the Pasanggrahan Hotel.
Thanks Holland House Hotel for hosting us the previous years !
Classic Regatta Logo
The Official St.Maarten-St.Martin Classic Yacht Regatta logo has been designed by RoosensDesign.com
and is based on the original line designs of the classic yacht Lulworth.
Our organization obtained the rights to use the designs as model for the regatta logo from Johan van den Bruele, the owner of Lulworth, in 2008.
The super beautiful Lulworth has been sold a year ago.
The yacht's former web page looked like this:
Please do not hesitate to contact us whenever you need information about the regatta !
Here is an article about the previous regatta in 2010
Galatea, Old Bob, win class in St.Maarten-St.Martin Classic Yacht Regatta
(By Robert Luckock)
The sleek 70ft Sloop “Galatea” with age and
beauty in her favor led the Antiguan charge at the close of the 5th
St. Maarten/St. Martin Classic Regatta on Sunday with the overall win
in Vintage Class while compatriots on the Gaff Ketch “Old Bob” steered
her to a win in the Classic Class. Both boats took first place on
corrected time on all three days.
Judd Tinius’s 111-year- old “Galatea” stole the limelight from Allard Stamm’s diminutive eye-catching Cornwall crabber “Magnolia” who was celebrating her 100th birthday.
“Galatea” defied grand old age with an assured performance while “Magnolia” had the misfortune to drop out of Saturday’s race after getting caught in a hole.
They drifted dangerously close to rocks and had to use the engine to get out of trouble.
They elected not to start the race on Sunday but remained in second place.
“We’ve had a lot of fun,” said Tinius at the prize giving in the Holland House Hotel. “This is a smaller regatta than Antigua’s Classic, so a little more relaxing, less hard core.
A bit tough for us too because a few boats dropped out.
We were miles in front all alone but still had to keep the pressure on.
But we will certainly be back next year.”
Peter Bakker’s 1911 Gaff Schooner “Passaat”, second in Classic Class, had some sail problems on the first day but really needed a lot more wind than there was to get her going.
The newly introduced "Spirit of Classic" Class was won by the old Swan “Coscoroba” owned by Jacq Maan and second place went to Tom Batty’s 1975 Sparkman and Stephen’s IW31 “Madonna”.
The additional Old Stars class raced on Saturday and Sunday only and was won by Eddie Johnson’s 1985 Sloop “Boon” ahead of Mike Stamm’s 30ft Albergh “Swaentje.”
Friday saw the fleet sailing at a brisk but gentlemanly pace to Marigot before the return leg to Great Bay on Saturday followed by a last race from Great Bay to Simpson Bay and back on Sunday.
Race Director Rien Korteknie organised shorter courses as possible so boats could get the maximum out of the very light breeze available on Saturday and Sunday.
Race Officer was Alfred Koolen.
“All the starts were on time, there were no problems, and fortunately we had just enough of a breeze to keep the boats going throughout the whole weekend,” said Korteknie.
Judge David de Vries was not called upon to settle any protests.
The Best Dressed Crew Prize went to “Magnolia” and the Perseverance Prize to “Old Bob”.
Most Photogenic Prize was awarded to “Galatea.”
“Magnolia’s” Allard Stamm received a special honorary membership to the St. Maarten/Classic Yacht Club In recognition of the boat’s 100th birthday
90 year old "Tanteke" from Belgium cutting the ribbon during the openingsceremony of a previous classic yacht regatta.
She came to St.Maarten several times and enjoyed the sailing AND the parties !
She passed away in May 2012 at age 92.
Grenada Classic Regatta
Classic Regatta was organized by us for the first time in February
2008 in co-operation with Fred Thomas from Shipwrights Grenada.
In 2009 Fred took over the practical organization from us ( not the name and the rights ) together with Sandra Martin.
In 2010 Fred canceled the regatta ( although a few local boats participated ) due to lack of sponsoring and participants.
Fred passed away on May 24th.
here to see
some press clippings from the Grenada Classic Regatta