Arawak – Leading the Way at the CMC

Jul 12, 2022


Arawak is the perfect name for Francois Nel and Rodney William’s Custom Joubert/Nivelt 52 catamaran. That’s because of its association with firsts. It’s the moniker of the first people to inhabit St. Maarten, where both sailors live. Fast forward, Arawak the multihull was the first to win the Most Worthy Performance title at the inaugural Caribbean Multihull Challenge (CMC) in 2019 and the first to pocket an Oris Swiss watch as a prize. Arawak was also one of the first to compete in this year’s CMC’s initial running of the FKG Marine 60-Mile Sprint around St. Barths and back. While she didn’t finish first, Arawak and her crew were definitely on top of the world!

“That day will be forever in our minds, reaching back from St. Barths, with the boat speeds pegged at 24-knots, white spray, and water everywhere!” says Francois.

Francois and Rodney both, yet separately, sailed to St. Maarten via trans-Atlantic deliveries in the early 2000s. The two love the fast and fun nature of multihull sailing. Arawak was built in 1998 for the Route du Rhum, a race from St. Malo France to Guadeloupe. She then raced as Casino Val Andre. Today, Francois and Rodney offer day charter excursions aboard Arawak through the year and race charters during the Caribbean’s regatta season.

Arawak is ready to be part of another first at the 2023 CMC.

“We are particularly excited about the new Around Saba race,” says Francois. “Contact us if you are interested in sailing with us during the next CMC.”