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29 October 2005, 06:02 pm
November Start For New Caribbean Regatta
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Golden Rock Regatta 2005
Great Bay, St. Maarten

On Sunday night 13 November, at the stroke of midnight, the first boats depart Great Bay, St. Maarten on a 51 mile pursuit race to Basseterre on the beautiful island of St. Kitts. This heralds the start of the Golden Rock Regatta, a new event on the Caribbean racing calendar.
At intervals defined by their rating based on expected arrival time at the finish and the prevailing wind strength, the rest of the fleet starts with the lowest rating starting first. 'If we get it right we could see some interesting finishes and all boats have the opportunity to finish first,' said regatta organizers.

The regatta continues on to St. Barths with a conventional start and arrives at Statia on it's National Day 16 November. This race, the Statia First Salute Race, is the second pursuit race of the regatta. The next day the fleet will have a windward-leeward course with the regatta prizegiving held in the historic surroundings of Fort Orange.

The nucleus of the regatta is the group of 60 Dutch participants on some seven chartered boats looking for a new challenge and new destinations. For the local participants that are mainly weekend racers this five day event poses a problem in that all five days are normal week days. To accommodate those who do not have the free time for the entire regatta we offer the opportunity to enter any particular leg at an entry fee of $50 per leg entered.

St. Kitts sailors could sail down to St. Maarten over the weekend and just enter the St. Kitts Midnight Pursuit Race getting home on Monday afternoon. Similarly the St. Barths boats could start their participation from St. Barths on the Wednesday (joined by some boats from St. Maarten/St. Martin.

Each leg/day has a day prize/trophy so boats that just sail selected legs are still competing for a trophy. The first four legs constitute the Golden Rock Regatta and boats are also scored on corrected time. Prizes are awarded to the various classes and the number of prizes depends on the number of entries. The fifth leg, another Pursuit Race, is a race back to St. Maarten/St. Martin, where the chartered boats have to return to. In this case there are no class prizes (since officially the Golden Rock Regatta ended on Statia the day before.).

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