Eco Awareness to Take Center Stage at CMC

The Caribbean Multihull Challenge Race & Rally is scheduled for early February.
TradeWinds 59 TW6e smart electric yacht
Artist’s rendering of Aurora, the new TradeWinds 59 TW6e smart electric yacht built by Fountaine-Pajot. Courtesy Caribbean Multihull Challenge

The sixth annual Caribbean Multihull Challenge Race & Rally, which is scheduled to run February 1-4 out of St. Maarten, is touting all kinds of various ways that this year’s event will include eco-friendly boats and causes to support the marine environment.

Sint Maarten Yacht Club presents the CMC, which, this year, will include an additional day for racing and an additional overnight, at St. Barths, as part of the rally. Organizers say the goal of 40 entries is expected to be achieved, with 32 of the entries already in from booked and declared multihulls.  

This year’s event will also include a new 59-foot TWe6 Smart Electric Yacht from Fountaine Pajot, as well as partnerships with two marine conservation groups. The Caribbean Cetacean Society focuses on whales, porpoises and dolphins, while Clear Caribbean is taking the lead on coral reef protection and regeneration. 

The TWe6 Smart Electric Yacht, Aurora, is powered by hydro, solar and wind. As the organizers of the CMC put it, “She is state-of-the-art sustainable, as green as can be given recent advances in technology.”  

According to the CMC organizers, this yacht will be available to TradeWinds Experience club members and their guests, for anyone who is interested in booking a charter. All sailors, guests and visitors to the Sint Maarten Yacht Club during the CMC’s five-day program (starting January 31) will get an opportunity to see Aurora and meet with TradeWinds representatives. TradeWinds, founded in St. Maarten, is also supporting the Caribbean Cetacean Society and Clear Caribbean ecological efforts.

Aurora will then sail as part of the CMC rally, visiting Simpson Bay and Great Bay in St. Maarten, Tintemarre and Anse Marcel in Saint-Martin, and Gustavia in St. Barths.

Another highlight of this year’s event will be CMC introducing a commemorative dry wicking polo from Magic Marine embroidered with the event logo. Ten percent of the total sales of the polo will be donated to the Caribbean Cetacean Society and Clear Caribbean.

“As evidence of the successful evolution of our unique multihulls-only race and rally and our love of the oceans, the steering committee has voted to add more soul to our enterprise by creating a donation for our environmental partners,” Stephen Burzon, volunteer marketing director of the CMC, stated in a press release.

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