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February 2024 Blokart sailors will meet on the beautiful island of Bonaire in the southern Caribbean to compete in the first Caribbean Open Blokart Championships.

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Upcoming Events

Open Nationals:

10th-12th November, 2023 at Nida Airport, Lithuania
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2024 Australian Open Blokart Championships:

Thursday 15th to Monday 19th February 2024 at Mulambin Beach, Yeppoon Queensland
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Caribbean Open Blokart Championships:

February 21-24, 2024 @ Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands

2024 North American Blokart Sailing Championship:

April 5-7, 2024 @ Ivanpah, Nevada, USA

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2024 World Blokart Championships:

April 8-12, 2024 @ Ivanpah, Nevada, USA

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About COBC

The Caribbean Open Blokart Championships has been discussed for some time but when Dave Lussier offered his help to bring the plans to fruition, the idea became a reality.

With the generous support and encouragement of INDEBON, the Bonaire government sports entity, we are pleased to announce we’re ready to receive blokart competitors to our island paradise in February 2024.

We will be extending the invitation to our windy Caribbean neighbours to host future events.

Ideally, the fantastic sailing venues of the Caribbean, will become an annual destination for blokart sailors to meet and escape the chilly northern winter.

Calendar of Events February 2024

February 18

Boat Setup/Open Sailing – All Day

 

February 19

Check-In/Blokart Setup/Open Sailing – All Day

Blokart Scrutineering & Pilot Weigh-In – All Day

Enduro Challenge Skippers Meeting – 1PM

Team Enduro Challenge (FUN EVENT) – 2PM

February 20

Check-In/Blokart Setup/Open Sailing All Day

Blokart Scrutineering & Pilot Weigh-In All Day

Racing Rules Review 10AM

Practice Mark Racing 1PM and 3PM

Ask the Experts Seminar (any topic) 4PM

February 21

Skippers Meeting 9AM

Racing 10AM5PM

February 21

Skippers Meeting 9AM

Racing 10AM-4PM

Poker Run Sail (FUN EVENT) 5PM

February 23

Skippers Meeting 9AM

Racing 10AM-4PM

Pimp My Blokart Pageant (FUN EVENT) 5PM

February 24

Skippers Meeting 9AM

Racing (if necessary based on # races completed) 10AM-2PM

Awards banquet at location TBD 6PM

Sailing Information

Venue

The venue for this event is the sports fields at Tras di Montaña in Bonaire. COBC has a permit for use of the area for the dates of February 18-24, 2024.

Tras di Montaña was the site of Bonaire’s first airstrip. It is unsealed, but flat and perfectly situated with unobstructed access to the wind from the east. It is currently being used for baseball and soccer.

Conveniently located along the road between Kralendijk and Rincon, it is about a 5-10 minute drive from the center of town.

Wind and Weather

Wind speed average on Bonaire in February is expected about 15 knots, possibly gusting to 23 knots.

Temperature doesn’t vary much 26 deg C to 28 deg C (78 – 82 deg F). Bring your sun screen!

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Series Format

The racing event will consist of a minimum of six (6) races in each division.

The event will be complete when:

  • Each class has completed 15 or more races at the end of racing Friday, February 23rd.
  • If racing continues Saturday, February 24th, the event will end when each class has completed 15 races, or at the end of racing for the day (as determined by Race-Committee).

Fun events such as open sailing, Poker Runs, practice racing, and Enduro Challenges may be organised during the event depending on the desires of the participants.

Rules

Racing shall be governed by the rules published by the International Blokart Racing Association (IBRA) Rules, Edition 9 (effective 1 January, 2024), with modifications published in the Sailing Instructions, announced at the Morning Skippers Meeting, and/or by Announcement at the Starting Line before the dial-up begins.

The current rules for 2023 can be found here (only minor changes expected for 2024).

Location and Flight Info

Bonaire is part of the ABC Islands located in the Southern Caribbean next to Aruba and Curacao just off the coast of Venezuela.

We are serviced by direct flights daily from Amsterdam with KLM and TUI. And our North American visitors have the choice of direct flights from Toronto, Newark, JFK, Miami, Altanta and Houston. In addition there are several flights from Curacao every day.

As the airlines publish their schedules for the winter season they will be included here.

Accomodation Packages

There are many options for accommodation on Bonaire ranging from all-inclusive resorts to private villas and home-stays.

As the accommodation packages are offered, they will be posted here with links through to the providers.

Things To Do

Renowned as a diving destination, Bonaire is quickly gaining a reputation for many other sporting activities. This area will be populated with offers from various activity providers and links through to many options for things to do during your stay on Bonaire.

Activities to do in Bonaire

  • fishing
  • diving
  • free diving
  • snorkelling
  • water skiing
  • wake boarding
  • e-water scooter
  • mountain bike riding
  • hiking
  • caving
  • golf – 18 hole course
  • driving range and mini-putt
  • sailing – water and land
  • wind surfing
  • kite boarding
  • kayaking
  • stand-up paddle boarding
  • bird watching
  • quad bikes and motorbikes

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