Build Your Own Boat at the Aruba International Regatta

The 6th Annual Aruba International Regatta takes place 15, 16 and 17 August at the Surfside Beach, Aruba. New this year is a self-build boat race, a stand-up paddleboard competition and micro-boat races.

Last year, two boat builders, Yair Lichtenstein and Rik van der Vaart, demonstrated that it is possible to build your own boat with basic materials. This year they will be joined by other boat building enthousiasts that will share their love for inventive and classic boat building techniques.

The result of their joint effort, which can be either rowed or motored with a small outboard, will be sold during the prize-giving ceremony of the event and net proceeds will go to the sailing school for kids (SYWA). With their unique action, the two boat builders hope to show that a lovely wooden vessel can be built in relatively little time and with not much expertise. The design of the boat is a John Welsford Seagull; the boat can easily hold three people and glides through the water with ease. The wood needed to build the Seagull is entirely sponsored by Kooyman, in support of the International Sailing Regatta.  The boat will be sold unpainted, so that the new owner can decide on its color and finishing touches in close cooperation with Rik and Yair. 

For more information visit the Aruba International Facebook Regatta page: