Nathan Smith wins Optimist Championship

POSTED: 11/13/12 12:45 PM

GREAT BAY – Last Saturday the St. Maarten Yacht Club organized the yearly SOL St Maarten Optimist Championship. For the first time this year the event took place at sea. Under perfect water conditions the children between 8 and 15 were sailing in their optimists in Simpson Bay, while people stopped on the nearby beaches to watch the races unfold.

22 boats, representing Barbados, Curacao, Anguilla, St. Barths and St. Maarten competed against each other. Race Officer Paul Miller and judges David de Vries, Rien Korteknie and Andrea Scarabelli made sure that everything went smoothly.

Nathan Smith from St. Maarten secured his first place overall with Scott Gittens from Barbados as runner up.
Prizes were given in two age categories:
Senior fleet: (12-15 years) 1st Scott Gittens (Barbados), 2nd Leonardo Knol (SXM), 3rd Ilian Halbertsma (SXM)
Junior fleet: (8 – 11 years) 1st Nathan Smith (SXM), 2nd Luke Bacon (SXM), 3rd Matheo Magras (St Barths)
First girl overall was Katie Caputo.
Keivan Magras of St Barths got the sportsmanship prize. With his 8 years old he sailed and finished all his races while being the youngest competitor.

This yearly Optimist regatta, created by Cary Byerly, has been sponsored by SOL from the beginning. Other sponsors for the regatta were: Heavenly Water, Domino’s Pizza, Budget Marine and Aqua Mania.

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