The Sint Maarten Yacht Club, organizers of the CMC are celebrating the remarkable growth of multihull sailing worldwide by continuing to host this exciting event. Every year, technological advances enable new and older multihulls to become faster, safer and more comfortable in all kinds of winds. As in the previous editions, this highly regarded event in 2023 will introduce new features to continually entertain and challenge all of the varied entrants into this growing regatta event. Brand new - or classic — all cats and tri’s are welcome! (For more information on programs and events organized by the Sint Maarten Yacht Club click here.)
Two new features are on tap for 2023.
Around Saba Dash: which is a 52 mile power reach for CSA 1 boats starting in Simpson Bay heading south to and around Saba; and then north back to the finish in Simpson Bay. This CSA 1 race sponsored by the Sint Maarten Tourist Bureau will join the now two-year old Caribbean 60 Mile Multihull Sprint sponsored by FKG Rigging. Other classes will be offered other challenging race courses sailing mostly in Sint Maarten’s south side waters. One day of the three will see the famous around island race for all entrants.
Cruising Multihull Rally: In answer to those who want to participate in CMC fun but who do not want to race, we now offer a Cruising Multihull Rally. This rally will run concurrently with the Racing but on different courses. Day one (Friday, the 3rd) will be a cruise from Dutch side Simpson Bay to Anse Marcel on the French side for an afternoon on the beach or shopping in the brand new gallery; then a cool BBQ dinner at the Blue Sail Restaurant at waterside in the evening. Then on Saturday, the rally fleet will head downwind around the western end of Anguilla and then up to Sandy Ground in Road Bay. There we will have beach games set up for a fun time; followed by a dinner at the Lit Lounge and late night carousing at the famous Elvis Beach Bar. Day three (Sunday the 5th), rally boats will head back to Simpson Bay to arrive in time for yet again another party as well as a prize giving.
Simpson Bay, St Maarten: With a record-setting number of participants and a whole new element added to the festivities—a dedicated cruising rally run in conjunction with the racing regatta that’s been the hallmark of the event—the fifth running of the annual Caribbean Multihull Challenge Race and Rally, which took place from February 3-5, was an unqualified success. As the CMC continues to grow and evolve, it’s an ideal time to look back at what transpired this year and ahead to the next edition, scheduled to take place next February 2-4, 2024.
Simpson Bay, St Maarten (Feb. 5): In a spectacular conclusion to what had been a sensational fifth edition of the Caribbean Multihull Challenge Race and Rally, the racing classes and rally fleet converged along the southwestern shores of St. Maarten today to wrap up three remarkable days of sailing. Together, under colorful, billowing spinnakers and with spray flying in easterly trade-wind gusts of well over 20 knots, the combined fields of racing and performance-cruising catamarans and trimarans powered to the finish line in company through the roiled waters of Simpson Bay.
Rally Ho! Caribbean Multihull Challenge V Cruising Rally to Anguilla Highlights Busy Day 2 off Windy St. Maarten. Simpson Bay, St Maarten (Feb. 4): It’s a tale of two separate events, with different vibes and energy, happening concurrently in this fifth edition of the Caribbean Multihull Challenge. In our parallel universes, on one hand, CMC V is what it’s always been: A showcase of competitive racing prowess from a wide variety of slick catamarans and trimarans. This year, CMC V has also introduced and welcomed a whole new fleet of cruising sailors in a dedicated rally where the whole idea is fine sailing, great parties and making new friends.
Many thanks to Netherlander, Laurens Morel of Salty Colours; our on-the water photographer and to our friend – journalist Emmanuel Van Deth of the French magazine Multicoques / and English language edition Multihulls who supplied the images for these pages.