Thirty-one youth sailors from St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Barths, Antigua, Curacao and St. Martin travelled to St. Maarten to sail in the 14th edition of the Sol St. Maarten Optimist Championship, held November 9th and 10th which was hosted by the Sint Maarten Yacht Club (SMYC) and sponsored by Sol Antilles N.V. The event attracted fifteen sailors ages 8 – 15 in the Orange Class and sixteen were in the advanced/ Blue Class. The winner of the Blue Class and overall winner of the event was fourteen-year-old Antiguan sailor Ozani Lafond who won 7 out of 11 races and showed how much he has learned after coming in 9th place last year.