About Caribbean Multihull Challenge
In early 2018 Robbie Ferron – one of the founders of the Sint Maarten Yacht Club and also of Budget Marine Yacht Chandlers - convened a small meeting with SMYC members Stephen Burzon and Petro Jonker to discuss the creation of a new regatta to be held in Sint Maarten / Saint Martin that would be dedicated exclusively to multihull yachts.
Robbie pointed out the rapid growth of catamaran and trimaran sailing vessels in the Caribbean and described the future growth of this category of pleasure yachts as remarkable and robust.
We three formed a Steering Committee for what would be called the Caribbean Multihull Challenge (CMC) with Petro as event chair, Steve as marketing and operations chair, and Robbie as chair of the event sailing committee. Then forthwith…we presented the idea to the Board of the Sint Martin Yacht Club and received enthusiastic approval to move ahead.
The CMC is important to yacht racing as prior to this event all major regattas included both monohulls and multihulls in their starts and courses; and we believed that by mixing both hull types the true qualities and excitement of multi-hull racing was lost. Plus, by holding a multihull only regatta; owners, captains, and crews of these unique boats could assemble, bond, and celebrate their community. The first event was held in February of 2019 and it was an acclaimed success. In 2020 the second event hosted 20 entries; up from the original 12 in 2019. And from the beginning impressive sponsors such as Oris Swiss Watches, Mount Gay Rum, The Moorings Yacht Charter, Port De Plaisance Megayacht Marina and Resort, the Multihull Company, and Caribbean Multihull Yacht Brokerage jumped in and enjoyed great brand building.
In the unfortunate Covid year of 2021, the CMC was held with mostly local boats participating. Lockdowns, event restrictions, and an overall constriction on flights caused the 2021 regatta to be quite subdued. But it did take place and those that participated had a great time.
CMC IV held on 4,5,6 February 2022 began to build the momentum for this event again. Looking ahead to our fifth annual, we are adding new features and are excited about the new CMC Rally for Cruisers, where multihull captains and crew who do not want to race can join with others in a fun-filled three-day cruising event from Sint Maarten to Anguilla, then French St. Martin, and back to Simpson Bay on Sunday.
See you there!