PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On December 7th and 8th SXM BJJ conducted the largest graduation ceremonies to date. World renowned martial artist Rolles Gracie flew in from New York City to commemorate the occasions. Rolles Gracie is the son of the legendary Rolls Gracie and grandson of the creator of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Grandmaster Carlos Gracie Sr.
A total of 8 new adult blue belts were awarded by head instructor Melissa Bardfield on December 7th. New blue belts include celebrity bartender Paul Peterson, Erion Peterson, Harmony Biddle-Chadwick, Ladislas Drzyzdzinski, Julien Dumon and identical twin brothers Raphael and Baptiste Lagrange. Every new blue belt had been practicing for a minimum of two years.
SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - This weekend marked the thirteenth year of one of the most anticipated season opening events of the sailing season at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, the Course de L’ Alliance Regatta. It’s a three day event which encompasses the three neighboring islands, Sint Maarten, St. Barths and Anguilla and was the inaugural year of sponsorship by Bobby’s Marina as the title sponsor.
Beginning on Friday outside the bridge, the sixteen-strong fleet raced in lumpy seas and medium winds to St. Barths where they enjoyed a beachfront dinner at the St. Barths Yacht Club and daily prize giving.
Saturday’s race to Sandy Ground, Anguilla was described as with sunny skies, great surfing conditions and lightening winds on a mostly downwind course. Competitors struggled with the choice of sailing on either side of Tintamarre, which made for an exciting and game-changing decision. Prize giving that evening was held at Roy’s Bar & Restaurant on the beach in Sandy Ground Anguilla, where race teams dined and then took advantage of the Anguillan nightlife.
MULLET BAY, St. Maarten - Over the last weekend of November 24 avid golfers split up in 6 teams headed out to a softly moon lit Mullet Bay Golf Course to show off their skills in the dark.
Geared up with glowing golf balls and a pair of flashlights each team was trying to score as low as possible. After a fierce battle, lost balls and near hits the surprising winner of this year’s Moonlight Scramble was ‘The Ghost Team’ consisting of Mark Hanauer, Marius Arrondell, Trevor DaCosta and a lost Halloween Ghost who ended the 9 holes stroke play event with a total score of 34 net.
With a combined gross handicap of 83 ‘The Ghost Team’ was on a mission to prove that you don’t need to be a pro to have fun playing golf or to win a tournament.
MARIGOT, Saint Martin - Sunday, December 4, 2016 Six athletes from the Avenir Sportif Club of Saint-Martin made the trip to Guadeloupe to participate in the cross-country championship in Nogent Sainte Rose, accompanied by their coaches Patrick trival and Xavier Douglas.
It is the conquering spirit that Anthony Seguin took the start of the course of 4320m concocted for the cadets, and that he assumes the title of Vice Champion of Guadeloupe on the distance in 17'17 ".
TSCHIRHART Romane takes the 3rd place younger category in buckling the 3850m in 17'41 ". Félicia PAINES in the senior category also climbs the third step of the podium in 27'39 "on 5860m.
SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - We are pleased and excited to invite your school to participate in “The 1st Annual Domino’s Interschool Dinghy Sailing Championship 2017,” sponsored by Domino’s Pizza to be held at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club on Saturday, January 14th, 2017.
This competition is open to all schools on the Island and there is no entry fee or cost involved, thanks to the sponsorship by Domino’s.
Each school may have one team representing their school, with as many students who can sail from each school participating. This includes all students who currently know how to sail ages 7 - 18 and who have some racing experience.
SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - For the first time in the 12 year history of the Sol St. Maarten Optimist Championship, two young girls took home Top Honors in their classes of the event. First place Overall and 1st in the Blue class fleet went to 11 year old Roos Wind from Curacao and First place in the Orange Class went to St. Maarten’s own 10 year old Emese Wurth, a student of Learning Unlimited.
Lorenzo Mayer of St. Barths took home second place honors overall and in Blue Class, with Bas van der Gulik of Curacao capturing third place by only one point separating 3rd and 4th overall.
Twenty-nine young sailors ages 7-14 representing 6 countries took part in this International 2 day event sponsored by Sol St. Maarten. Six competitors from St. Maarten, 8 from St. Barths, 6 from Curacao, 3 from Antigua, 5 from Anguilla, and 1 from Columbia made up the starting line. Sailors were divided into two classes, Blue and Orange, with the Blue class being the most advanced. Eleven races were completed over the 2 days with 2 discards. St. Maarten Coaches Reinier Calkhoven and Jimmy Gieseke expressed “It was a really close regatta and all sailors exceeded our expectations.”
ORANJESTAD - The Oualichi Women’s Soccer Team (Oualichi WST) traveled on Friday the 14th October to compete for the first time in Aruba. The Football Federation of Aruba organized a women’s football expo during that weekend to promote women’s football.
Oualichi WST has played against the other islands in the Kingdom such as Bonaire and Curacao in the previously held Dutch Caribbean Cup and the Aruba competition was a continuation of the efforts of the association to continue to develop the female players on Sint Maarten and compete against the sister islands to improve the level of the players.
22 October 2016 through 10 June 2017 Hosted and organized by the Sint Maarten Yacht Club
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Oualichi Women's Soccer Team will travel to Aruba for a friendly match organized by the Aruban Football Association next month October.
Aruba has been campaigning to promote women's football on their island and as part of their program they invited the Oualichi Women's Soccer Team for a friendly match.
To make this trip possible, the team has been busy looking for sponsors and raising funds. NAPA Auto Parts has become one of the sponsors to make this trip possible by funding two airfare tickets for the team.
It will be a first for Oualichi to compete against teams from Aruba since the team already competed against Bonaire, Curacao, Suriname and the neighboring islands Anguilla, St. Barths, St Kitts and Dominica.
'This fits with our vision to continue promoting women's football and we are more than happy to join Aruba in their campaign of promoting football for more women participation in the sport.
We would like to thank NAPA for their generous contribution in making this possible and we hope that more companies will assist us with the necessary funds' commented president of Oualichi Ms. Danaë Daal.
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