The 12th Caribbean International Regatta will be held from January 17-19 in Cabarete Beach, one of the north coast’s most important beaches for international water sports events.
During the three-day event 30 boats from nine countries, from as far away as Japan, will battle the strong wind conditions and waves that have put Cabarete on the world map of water sports. The participants will be submitted to nine tests, each 50 minutes long.
The event is recognized by the International Sailing Federation, and the final results will used to rank the most popular international Olympic sailing ships.
Many of the participants will use their time in Cabarete as part of their training for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Olympic Gold Medalist Paul Goodison (Great Britain) and Anna Tunnicliffe (United States) have participated in similar past events held in Cabarete.
Peter Seidenberg, from the U.S., 10-times world champion in the GGM Category confirmed his participation in the event.
Cabarete has attracted worldwide attention due to the unique conditions of the winds and waves that come together in this particular north coast corner of the Dominican Republic.
Special laws have been introduced in the Dominican Republic, regarding the use of land in Cabarete, in order to protect the wind currents that converge on the beach and ocean.
The country’s Minister of Tourism, Francisco Javier Garcia, has led the movement to protect the uniqueness of Cabarete.
The law controls the development of Cabarete, and all construction must adhere to the guidelines established to protect the wind currents.
Event organizers have thanked the sponsors of this international event, most specifically the Dominican Ministries of Tourism and Sports, the Dominican Sailing Federation , Carib Wind Cabarete, Century 21, “Pinturas Tropical,” Puerto Bahia, Hotel Velero, Hotel El Magnifico,Viva Wyndham Hotels, Abordo, Encargo Pac, Salchichas Emilio, Kola Real and Cool Heaven .