SIMPSON BAY—Team Island Water World skippered by Frits Bus placed third in the final race of the St. Maarten Yacht Club Keelboat Series. It was enough to boost the team to Boat of the Year for the 2015-2016 season.
In the Cruising Class, Vanille took top honours despite not even racing in the last leg of the series. St. Maarten Yacht Club sailing instructor Neil Maher and his team on Vanille were unable to sail Sunday as they had lost their mast during the Captain Oliver’s Regatta two weeks earlier.
A total of four races in wind near 15 knots were sailed Sunday. Island Water World and Kick Em Jenny skippered by Ian Hope Ross were equal on points going into the last day of racing, with Gill Racing and Fiji Water both just three points behind.
Gill Racing skippered by Andrea Scarabelli won the first race. Two seconds later, just 2 Fiji Water crossed the finish line for second place and was followed by Kick Em Jenny.
Island Water World placed fifth.
Team Gill won race two followed by Fiji and Island water World.
Race three went to Island Water World. Kick Em Jenny was second.
In the final race of the season Island Water World needed to place no lower than one slot below Kick Em Jenny to win the Yacht Club title.
Gill took first place, Kick Em Jenny was second and Bus skippered Island water World into third place and Boat of the Year.
In cruising Micron99 skippered by Robbie Ferron won the day, and finished second overall behind Vanille. Little Poe, the smallest boat in the series, crewed by youth sailors from the sailing school was third overall.
Source: Daily Herald
Island Water World is Boat of the year