Growth for 2023 Caribbean Multihull Challenge
Published on January 2nd, 2023
A record number of entrants are set for 2023 Caribbean Multihull Challenge on February 3-5 in St Maarten. The 5th edition currently has a 30+ percent increase over 2022, a reflection of the event’ effort to provide a more inclusive program.
A big part of the increase is the addition of several Balance Catamarans joining the first ever Caribbean Multihull Challenge Rally; a three-day cruising event beginning and ending in Simpson Bay with overnights on the French side of SXM at Anse Marcel and at Sandy Ground in Road Bay, Anguilla.
According to Philip Berman, president of Balance Catamarans – a company he founded in 2013 – the idea of celebrating the tenth anniversary of Balance with a rally in the northeast Caribbean is a perfect one; and….” joining up with the CMC rally as a way to wind up our celebration fits in perfectly with our plans.”
The cruising rally runs concurrently with the traditional three-day racing schedule focused on the Dutch side of the island.
“The Sint Maarten Yacht Club’s CMC is a place for all kinds of multihulls to come to race, play, and party,” reports says CMC Steering Committee Chair Petro Jonker. “We have luxury cruising boats on racing courses along with very fast multihulls racing in their classes on other courses.
“Everything from the French designed 24-foot Diam class open trimarans, to a stunning Leopard 50 and a charismatic Schionning 53 will be out there pressing for new records. Our new CSA 1 class Trifecta combining a 60 Mile Sprint around St. Barth, a 52 Mile Dash around Saba, and a 27 Mile circumnavigation of the island will earn the combined winner the Oris Aquis Diving Watch provided by long time sponsor Oris.”
The Caribbean Multihull Challenge seeks to be a festival of all things multihull and a chance for the multihull community to come together in one place to recreate, learn, congregate, and enjoy the dual nation island of St Maarten and St Martin.