Every year in early March the spectacular Caribbean island of St. Maartin plays host to the largest warm water regatta in the world. This legendary sailing event offers a great combination of four days of challenging races and fantastic parties; living up to the event’s motto of “Serious Fun”!
No strangers to “Serious Fun”, Neil Harvey and Mike Cannon chartered a Dufour 455 from Kiriacoulis Charters for the regatta and sent in this report…
“Four of us crew stayed aboard the boat docked at Palapa Marina, including 2016 Rio Paralympic silver medalist (in the 3 man Sonar boat) Brad Kendell.
The boat was very well laid out, even in a Charter configuration, and was enjoyable to stay upon.
The Dufour 455 was very easy to steer in the trying upwind conditions beating up the Anguilla passage in the Round The Island Race. Despite there being many larger boats in the Bareboat fleet, we took home the trophy for not only best corrected time in fleet, but also fastest elapsed time Around The Island !
It was quite a windy weekend of racing, which found us at times, furling the jib up with as many as 4 rolls upwind, and playing the traveler constantly.
We finished 1st in class & 1st in fleet in all 3 races completed, to take home the Overall Bareboat trophy despite having a few elderly gentlemen in the crew.”
If you’re considering a new yacht, connect with one of our local dealers here and discover the amazing qualities of the Dufour brand for yourself!
Thanks to Neil Harvey for sending in the report!