23rd August, 2022, Aruba
To all partners, sponsors, volunteers and participants: Thank you for your collaboration and Contribution!
Thank you one and all for helping to make the 12th Aruba International Regatta, such a wonderful and sustainable success.
Your donations, knowledge sharing, dedication and support were invaluable and the Regatta would not be possible without the contributions, energy, enthusiasm and hard work of all involved.
Your donations, time, assistance on land and on the water were invaluable and your service as race committee members, officials, medical team, conferencier, event coordinators, safety officers, media officers, sales coordinator, made the event run seamlessly.
The regatta would not be possible without the sponsorship, collaboration and contributions of our sponsors and partners and the dedication of over 40 volunteers.
The Regatta kicked-off with a presentation on Marine Conservation and Sustainable Recreation at the University of Aruba to share more on the current state of the marine environment and Parke Marino Aruba,
and together deep dived into Ecosystem and Habitat Conservation, Species Conservation, and different human impact affecting the state of the marine environment.
FPNA’s Nature Photography Exhibition showcasing Aruba’s Marine Life was on display at Surfside on both days to educate all regatta and beach visitors.
This year, more than 30 races were completed over 2 days by different classes consisting of 26 junior sailors and 36 adults, 43 boats (Yachts, Beach cats, F-11 and Optimists Dinghies, Sunfishes, windsurfers and kiters).
There were 19 captains registered with 3 miniatuurboats each.
The races were held 3 locations: In front of the Surfside beach, around the waters and beach West Deck and in front of the Fishermen huts.
Weather conditions were more challenging on day 1 and near perfect on day 2.
Each race was a duel of strategy and ability, trying to outwit their opponent in a game of chess on the water.
Protests were settled on the spot and necessary and fair adjustments of race results were handled properly and promptly.
There were no accidents just a few material incidents. Thanks to the safety boats and their capable crews we were able to provide adequate rescue coverage.
The prizes consisted of 49 beautiful trophies made of recycled plastic for all classes. The Ernie Kervel trophy this year went to Richard van der Wal (Sunfish class).
The Aruba Regatta Foundation’s Vision is to create a platform to introduce as many people as possible to Sailing
and connect People to Nature and Sustainable Water Sport Experiences.
We focus especially on the young Sailor community to grow a next generation of sailors on Aruba.
We believe that sport has a major role to play in ensuring a sustainable future for our current and future generations.
Being connected to nature helps us become aware of our relationship, as human beings, with nature.
Sailing is a wonderful way to connect with nature, developing our young sailors and sailing community in general as stewards for respectful behavior towards nature.
Thank you again for helping to provide a spectacular and sustainable event!!
The results speak the Aruba International Regatta's motto: ’SPORTS, PEOPLE & NATURE ON THE SAME TEAM’.
Aruba Regatta Foundation