Fresh off a strong finish in the Caribbean 600, Jaime Torres’ little Beneteau 40 Smile And Wave (PUR 11) sailed to a 3-1 score to win yesterday’s Gill Commodore’s Cup in St. Martin/Saint Maarten. The CC is a bit of a warm up to the main event – the Heineken Regatta – that begins Friday, and aboard SnW, we’ve got a mostly Puerto Rican crew and some serious motivation to win Class 4, the largest and most competitive at this 202-boat regatta. It won’t be easy, but we’re certainly off to a nice start. Look for a major battle between us and the other Puerto Ricans on Lazy Dog as well as the always well-sailed J/120 El Ocaso. Don’t count out the Bouwe Bekking-skippered Grand Soleil 46 Antilope either, fresh off their smack-down of the fleet at Key West last month.
Today is the round the island race – a full lap of this paradise they call SXM – and Saturday and Sunday are a mix of short-distance and windward/leeward racing. you can check here for results as they happen. Here’s the thread for the latest chatter. Tim Wright photo.