We would like to introduce you to our crews who are competing in the 40th anniversary edition of the St Maarten Heineken starting on the 5th of March. There will be even more celebrations and ‘serious fun’, not to mention world class yacht racing. We are very excited to see how competitively our crews do in the regatta!
The Ocean Challenge Yacht Club celebrates the long tradition offshore sailing in Poland. They will be racing on a Volvo Ocean 65, a superb offshore racing yacht capable of blistering quick exhilarating sailing. The Ocean Challenge Yacht Club have raced in the past 3 edition of the St Maarten Heineken Regatta. This year the crew is a combination of 12 club members supported by a strong professional team made up of veterans of the Volvo Ocean Race. The Ocean Challenge Yacht Club were the 1st Volvo 65 and the first Polish boat to cross the finish line in the Fastnet race 2019 and came 2nd in IRC 1 in the Rolex Middle Sea Race!
They will be competing against 6 other ex Volvo Ocean Race Yachts (3 Volvo 65s, 3 Volvo 70s and 1 Volvo 60) in the regatta so they will have to be on their ‘A game’ to continue their success of 2019.
- Nicolai Sehested, DEN, supported the Fastnet and Middle Sea Race, Volvo Ocean 65 (602 miles daily) record holder, two-time Volvo Ocean Race (boat captain on Akzo Nobel and Vestas yachts), Team Rockwool skipper in the prestigious series SAIL GP 2020 flying catamarans.
- Brad Farrand, NZL, participant in the Volvo Ocean Race in Team Akzo Nobel, participant in the Extreme Sailing Series in the red bull and team SAP crews,
- Ed Van Lierde, NED, bow in several editions of Volvo Ocean Race and on J-Class yachts
- Oliver and Konstantin Kobale, AUT, members of the Austrian Ocean Race Team challenger
- Przemysław Tarnacki, POL, skipper
Katy from Sea to Sky Sailing, has chartered ‘Emily of Cowes’ since the start of February, picking her up in Grenada and cruising her up through the islands before competing in the RORC Caribbean 600, finishing 2nd in IRC 3!
“Finishing 2nd in our class and 18th overall, giggling our way around the zigzag course with the nicest, funniest, most compassionate, and wickedly effective team… it was an amazing experience.”
They are now onto their next challenge, the St Maarten Heineken Regatta. Canadian Katy Campbell, skipper and a RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Yachtmaster Instructor, runs the only RYA training centre on the west coast of North America, complete with a racing program taking students all over the Pacific Northwest.