Dec 29, 2022
When the 5th annual CMC begins on 3 February a record number of entries will be on the books. As the New Year rolls in there is already a 30 plus percent increase over 2022; with time left in January for this number to grow. “From a high of 18 boats in 2022, we hope come closer to the high 20’s for this coming event” says Stephen Burzon, Volunteer Director of Marketing.
A big part of this healthy increase is the addition of several Balance Catamarans joining the first ever Caribbean Multihull Challenge Rally; a three-day cruising event beginning and ending in Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten; with fun-filled overnights on the French side of SXM at Anse Marcel and at Sandy Ground in Road Bay, Anguilla. According to Philip Berman, president of Balance Catamarans – a company he founded in 2013 – the idea of celebrating the tenth anniversary of Balance with a rally in the northeast Caribbean is a perfect one; and….” joining up with the CMC rally as a way to wind up our celebration fits in perfectly with our plans”.
As an innovation, the cruising rally will run concurrently with the traditional three-day CMC hot racing schedule focused on the Dutch side of the island.
“The Sint Maarten Yacht Club’s CMC is a place for all kinds of multihulls to come to race, play, and party. We have luxury cruising boats on racing courses along with very fast multihulls racing in their classes on other courses. Everything from the French designed 24’ Diam class open trimarans, to a stunning Leopard 50 and a charismatic Schionning 53 will be out there pressing for new records. Our new CSA 1 class Trifecta combining a 60 Mile Sprint around St. Barth, a 52 Mile Dash around Saba, and a 27 Mile circumnavigation of the island will bring the combined winner of all three a gorgeous and practical Oris Aquis Diving Watch provided by long time sponsor Oris.” …says CMC Steering Committee Chair Petro Jonker.
PHOTO: 2 – 2 Tango, the Schionning 53 competing in the 2020 CMC. Photo: Laurens Morel, Salty Colours, Inc.
The Caribbean Multihull Challenge is more than a regatta and a cruising rally. It is a true festival of all things multihull and a chance for the multihull community to come together in one place to recreate, learn, congregate, and enjoy the wonderful dual nation island of St Maarten and St Martin.