Moondance and Coors Light win Boat of the Year

POSTED: 07/14/11 12:12 PM

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Yacht Club wrapped up the 2010-2011 Keel Boat Racing Season with the annual prize giving party and awards ceremony which was held last Saturday July 9th, at the SMYC club house next to the Simpson Bay bridge. It was a well attended party with many of the participating boats’ crews represented, as well as other SMYC members.   SMYC Commodore, Ian Hope Ross was the MC for the evening and also assisted with the presentations to the winners.

Final rankings

Keel Boat Racing season was calculated over a total of 12 races. Four of those races were the inter island regattas organized by the SMYC and its sister clubs on neighboring islands and the French side: the Course d’Alliance, Anguilla Regatta, Captain Olivers Regatta and Saba-Statia-St.Maarten Regatta.

A total of 15 boats qualified for the overall prize of “Boat of the Year” in both Racing and Cruising class. This high number of participants makes the St.Maarten Keelboat series by far the most successful keelboat club racing series in the East and North East Caribbean. The Club is proud of this achievement and thanked all participants. They also encouraged still more boats to participate in the 2011-2012 season, which will start in November.

Cruising Class

Fourth place went to L’Esperance, Bobby Velasquez, third place went to Wild Devil, skippered by Ben Jelic who showed tremendous improvement over the season and will be a force to be reckoned with for the coming season. The second place went to Tamaya, skippered by Ronnie van Sittert. Tamaya has been around for many, many years and with the overhaul and new sails Ronnie gave her, she is sailing as well as in her young years. First place and Boat of the Year trophy went to Moondance, skippered by Garth Steyn. She was the most consistent boat, scoring several firsts and never outside the podium places.

Racing Class

Fourth place was won by Panic Attack, skipper Jan van den Eynde, third place went to Budget Marine, who missed quite some races but scored first in both the Course d’Alliance and Captain Olivers Regatta, second place went to Kick ‘M Jenny, sailed by Commodore Ian Hope Ross and his crew and the first place went to Coors Light, Frits Bus and his crew. They scored five firsts over the season, giving them the well deserved Boat of the Year Trophy in that category.

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