Jan 23, 2023
With 30 entries in hand, and almost two weeks more before the entry deadline of 2 February; the CMC is setting its sights on the next goal of reaching up to 35 entries in this unique young multihulls-only regatta. 30 is about double the level that we had in 2022!
Record setting SXM skipper and present Commodore of the Sint Maarten Yacht Club – Frits Bus – announced that he is entering his 2007 Lagoon 38 in the racing with an all-female local crew who will train in action with him for future multihull racing. The team will be sponsored by high end Italian Jewelry maker Fope (www.Fope.com) and race under the name of Team Fope.
Recently the CMC saw an increase in the number of the French designed and built 24’ Diam Open Trimarans. There will now be five racing in a one-design class of their own. Another recent entry is the Crowther design # 93 Trimaran Oceans Tribute sailed singlehandedly by Guy Chester from New Zealand to South Africa to Antigua; and now on to Sint Maarten where he will pick up local crew for the CMC.
On the Rally side, we have welcomed the 9th multihull – Wind Therapy – a Leopard 45 out of Boca Raton, Florida owned by Jeff Cone to the fleet sailing to French-side Anse Marcel and then Sandy Ground on the island nation of Anguilla. SXM favorite, the Lagoon 62 Enigma owned by Neil Roberts will be the largest multihull in the rally joined by 6 beautiful Balance catamarans sailing in the company’s 10th anniversary celebration with Phil Berman – owner of the company – sailing on his 482 In Balance.
The Caribbean Multihull Challenge Race and Rally was founded by the Sint Maarten Yacht Club in 2019 to further the interests of Multihull Sailors everywhere; but especially in the Northeast Caribbean. More than a race or a rally, the CMC is evolving into a complete festival of all things multihull. Described as the ‘happiest regatta in the Caribbean’, the CMC invites all to sail, compete, and enjoy.