Entries are coming in for both the Race and the Cruising Rally. Plans are setting up for the introduction of the new Time Trials for Cruising Multihulls™. Our many prestigious sponsors are making their activation plans. The music line-up and parties for all nights at CMC headquarters – the Sint Maarten Yacht Club in Simpson Bay – and at rally overnight stops in Dutch-side Great Bay, French-side Anse Marcel, and in St. Barth are almost completed.
Committee boats for Racing and the Rally Time Trials are identified with excellent officiating crew aboard. An early glance at registrations on Yacht Scoring point to some great match-ups in CSA 1. That class that will see five races with three of them distance romps; i.e. the 60 mile around St Bath’s Sprint™ sponsored by FKG Rigging; the Around Saba Dash™ sponsored by the Sint Maarten Tourism Bureau, and the around island Circle Race™ sponsored by Amstel Bright Beer. All other classes will have racing in various formats.
Riccardo Pavoncelli’s 66’ Gunboat Mana and the 66’ HH Nemo owned by Todd Slyngstad will face off with Nemo looking to defend its winning performance in previous CMC editions. (Which builder/skipper will have the fastest boat?).
Perennial winner Anthony McVeigh’s speedy 2 2 Tango – a Schionning 53 will face off with a newcomer – Richard Wooldridge’s Triple Jack Kelsail 47 for another interesting match-up. And we welcome back the legendary Guy Chester aboard his rugged Crowther trimaran Oceans Tribute – there to set new records.
The Rally will see first timer – Harry Fugate and Off-Piste; another HH – but this time a 50’ cat – flying through the water from Dutch-side to French-side stops and overnights. We will also have another first timer – Pierre-Yves Legris’s Alibi 65 Surprise in the rally.
In a class growing faster than a jitterbug – we will have at least ten VPLP designed French-built Diam 24 open trimaran’s racing for four days in and around the southern shore of St Maarten. We can remember a few years back, when Pierre Altier – Agent for the Diam’s entered only four boats; promising that in future years, the class will grow. Good job Pierre!
And finally – as arguably the most innovative regatta in the Caribbean – CMC organizers announce another breakthrough; i.e. the previously mentioned ‘Time Trials for Cruising Multihulls’. This an answer for those skippers who do not want to officially race, but who want a chance to grab a podium spot at a prize giving. NOT A RACE; but rather a timed event with a parade start and no turning marks where collisions can happen, the Time Trials will test a skipper’s speed through the water point A to point B adjusted for a simplified rating each skipper will receive from CMC officials. Never tried before, we will have to see how this works out. Early reports are that some of our entered boats like this idea.
To cap all of this off for CMC VI we have partnered with the Caribbean Cetacean Society and CLEAR Caribbean to raise money for their marine mammal and coral reef preservation operations through the sale of the new official CMC sailing polo from the Netherland’s Magic Marine. Available in limited quantities at $60.00 US; 10% of the sale price will be donated 50/50 to these two organizations.
For info on CMC VI, CaribbeanMultihullChallengecom/. To enter the race or the rally, YachtScoring.com/
TradeWinds Experience’s brand new TW6e electric sustainable yacht powered by hydro, wind, and solar. She will premier in the CMC Rally where she will be on display for the world to see.
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