In 2011, part of Tranquilo’s racing crew got recruited to sail on the 43 foot; St. Maarten flagged “D-Trip”. They sailed to a 2nd place in the prestigious “Antigua Sailing Week” against top sailors from all corners of the world. The crew then continued on to win 1st in class in the Aruba Rembrandt Regatta the same year. “Rafaga”, a smaller sister to Tranquilo, sailed to a first in class that same event with Tranquilo’s teenaged racing crewmembers in their first solo race.
At the start of the last race of the event, one of the Beach Catamaran sailors got swept overboard in near gale force winds, and a massive search and rescue operation was immediately put in effect with local authorities and regatta participants. Due to experience, and careful calculations of the “D-Trip” crew, the sailor got rescued some 4 miles offshore. It was Captain Anthony who spotted the lost sailor first and took him aboard D-Trip. The D-Trip crew returned to shore as heroes.
Next event, D-Trip took first in class and an overall win in the 2011, Bonaire International Regatta with four Tranquilo crew members on board.
In 2012 and 2013, Rafaga, Tranquilo’s smaller sister boat, took first in class in the Curacao Heineken Regatta with an all Tranquilo Racing Crew including 4 teenagers.
Captain Anthony took on the responsibilities of “Race Director” for the 2013 and 2014 Aruba International Regatta. He designed the race courses and kept all participants safe at sea.
2015, Tranquilo crew members will be part of “Team Budget Marine Aruba” and the event is the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. This will take place the first weekend of March. The Tranquilo crew is used to podium finishes and the same is to be expected sailing on “Ossefeffer”.
On November 30, 2013 His Majesty King Willem-Alexander officially announced the beginning of the commemoration of the 200 year existence of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This cause of celebration is a great opportunity for Tranquilo to come out of racing retirement and participate in the “Sail Aruba 2015, Pursuit Race” beginning of May.