Budget Marine / Gill dominates the 12th Course de L'alliance Regatta


Congratulations to our Budget Marine/Gill Team skippered by Andrea Scarabelli for being first in class in all three days to win the overall title in the 12th annual Course De L’alliance. The Regatta is a three day event which spans the three neighboring islands, Sint Maarten, St. Barths and Anguilla. Erwan Le Normand’s Carib Diesel from St. Barths was second in racing class a great achievement considering  it was the first time racing his new boat. Ian Hope-Ross's Melges, Kick 'em Jenny  finished the regatta in third  place.

The cruising Class was won by Speedy Nemo from St. Barths, with Nico Cortlever’s Ni” in second followed by our other team Budget Marine / Micron 99 skippered by our founder Robbie Ferron.  



The Multi-hull class was won by Petro Jonker’s Quality Time, followed closely by St. Barth’s  Jean-Michel Ricour’s Guimamalou.   

Beginning on Friday outside the bridge, the sixteen-strong fleet raced in big seas and high winds to St. Barths where they enjoyed a beachfront dinner at the St. Barths Yacht Club and the first daily prize giving.

Saturday’s race to Sandy Ground, Anguilla was heard being described as a “champagne sailing day,” with sunny skies, flat waters and high winds on a mostly downwind course.  Competitors had  to struggle with the choice of rounding St. Maarten on either side which made for an exciting decision and ultimately a  game changing one. Prize giving that evening was held at Roy’s on the beach.

The final day of racing and prize giving culminated back at the St. Maarten Yacht Club.
Experienced racing sailor and Sint Maarten Yacht Club Commodore Hope-Ross summed it up when he said "This really is one of my favorite events every year; great friends and sailors, terrific courses and a laid-back atmosphere.”

"We'll definitely be back next year" said Chris Marshall of Racing Class winner “Budget Marine/Gill” speaking after the prize-giving, "this event mixes competition and fun". 




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