Team Gebe Gone wins first Luis Cup

POSTED: 09/10/12 12:13 AM

St. Maarten / 7 Sept. 2012 – At the conclusion of the First Luis Cup for team racing which took place last Saturday, three teams consisting of three boats each battled for the top spot, but at the end of the day’s racing it was team Gebe Gone that took away the coveted title.

The team racing event, which can be described as a bridge on water in some circles, was hosted by the Sint Maarten Yacht Club and organized by the Lagoon sailboat rental took place in the Simpson Bay Lagoon.

And when they said that there is a trick in every trade, they had to include team racing. In this event, the competition had an option to hinder the movements of another, but that technique had to be done within the racing rules of the specified course.

All the teams were well balanced in experience so some close finishes could be seen in each of the 9 races sailed. Team Gebe Gone went onto win the Luis trophy after four wins out of nine races.

Team Sunken Boats came second with three wins and Team Ripped Roofs was third with two wins. After a great day on the water the tired sailors put the LSR boats back on the moorings in front of Budget Marine who sponsored the committee boat. Change over and spectator boat Calypso was generously donated by Aqua Mania.

The officiating judge for the races was David de Vries from St.Maarten, also a member of the Sint Maarten Yacht Club. De Vries, was also one of the judges from the Caribbean that officiated in the just concluded Olympics which was held on London.

“Sailing in a Team with Jerry and Kees as the tactician was great fun. You had to continuously looking around, make sure to tag and gibe at the right time and help the other teammates.
I hope we can continue these valuable Saturday races, it is a great opportunity to get more involved in the world of sailing,” said Anne Roos, who is one of the new assistants organizing the 33rd St.Maarten Heineken Regatta.

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