Get ready for an exhilarating experience at the Caribbean Foiling Championships – St. Martin edition, culminating in the thrilling Around the Island Race on December 10, 2023.
This challenging 26 nautical mile lap around the French (St. Martin) and Dutch (St. Maarten) sides of the island promises intense competition as riders strive to break records. In 2021, local rider Julien Quentel set a new record of 1h 12m 17s, surpassing the previous record by over 20 minutes.
As participants aim to set a new Around the Island Record, they also have the chance to win an incredible prize from the event’s loyal partner, Belmond – La Samanna. The fastest foiler of the Around the Island Race will be awarded a luxurious 2-night stay at Belmond – La Samanna, including breakfast for two—an extraordinary prize valued at $3000.
Max van den Pol, the event organizer, emphasizes the significance of the Around the Island Race, stating, “For most athletes, this is what it is all about! The around the island race is one-of-a-kind. It is very challenging, and without getting too technical, the variable conditions around the island provide a true test of skill and endurance. Max adds: ‘Having Belmond – La Samanna part of the event embraces the challenge for the athletes and reflects the perfect reward for this unbelievably great achievement. Their generous sponsorship adds a touch of luxury to the intense competition, making the Caribbean Foiling Championships an unforgettable experience for both participants and spectators alike.’
The Wingfoil class, in contrast to Kite and Windfoil classes, will participate in a 13 nautical mile downwinder starting in Orient Bay and finishing in front of Belmond La Samanna. Upon reaching the beach, participants will be greeted by the hotel’s team before being transported back to Orient Beach for the prize-giving ceremony.
Francisco Sa Teixeira, Belmond Area Director of Sales & Marketing – Caribbean, expresses the hotel’s excitement to sponsor the Caribbean Foiling Championships, stating, ‘La Samanna, A Belmond Hotel, is beyond excited to sponsor and welcome to the shores of Baie Longue the upcoming Caribbean Foiling Championship. Bringing all foil disciplines into one thrilling event, this race has become a milestone in the island and for its community, we couldn’t therefore be happier to support such a passionate sport, talented athletes and give our contribution to a great weekend of sportsmanship and love for the ocean celebration.’
The Caribbean Foiling Championships will be held from December 8-10, 2023, with the Around the Island Race taking place on the final day of the competition. The foilers will set off from the starting signal at 09:30 AM, showcasing their skills and determination all around the island. Don’t miss this incredible event that brings together passionate athletes and celebrates the thrill of foiling on the open water!
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The Caribbean Foiling Championships is an annual foiling event that brings together foiling athletes throughout the Caribbean and from around the world. Hosted in the idyllic setting of St. Martin, the championships offer thrilling races in multiple disciplines, including Wingfoil, Windfoil, and Kitefoil, showcasing the beauty and excitement of foiling sports. With a focus on camaraderie, competition, and exceptional racing conditions, the Caribbean Foiling Championships have become a must-attend event for both professional and leisure foilers. For more information, visit www.caribbeanfoiling.com.