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Set in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean, powered by the cooling northeast trade winds and run by an experienced, innovative and friendly race team, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is four days of world-class racing in idyllic conditions appealing to a broad range of tastes. Four race committees provide custom-tailored racing for thousands of sailors from more than 35 countries that come to race: from Olympic medalists and World Champions sailing Maxis and Performance Multihulls to holiday-makers on chartered bareboats and live-aboard families cruising the Caribbean.
Starting with the one-day Gill Commodore’s Cup and continuing with the three days of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, sailors are offered a mixture of races with a combination of windward-leeward and coastal races blended together into an irresistible cocktail of racing chosen to suit each class. As the all-out racing monohulls savour the prospect of eight races over four days with windward-leeward races on two days and two longer coastal races testing both boat handling and tactics, it’s easy to understand why the regatta attracts alarge competitive class of 40ft and 50ft cruiser-racers
With Heineken as a long-standing sponsor, you would expect the parties to be exceptional… and you won’t be disappointed! With parties at varied locations around the island there are fantastic opportunities to experience the legendary nightlife for which the island is famous. St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has a well-earned reputation for hosting amazing artists like the Black Eyed Peas, UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey, Akon, Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, The Commodores, and Red Foo and the Party Rock Crew at the parties.
Two days of training is included in the price.
Closest airport is Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM). Transportation from the airport is available via taxis or local buses. Flights before and after the race as well as transport to and from the airport are not included in the price and is the responsibility of the passenger.
Arrival in St Maarten and welcome on board at 09:00. Meet your skipper and crew, followed by a safety brief and the regatta programme. You will spend the day getting to know your crew, followed by provisioning, getting the boat ready for the regatta and training to bind the team into a race crew.
After breakfast you will continue to make last enhancements to the boat and commence with the second training day.
The first race will start at 10.00, followed by price-giving for the day’s racing back at the Regatta Village at 1800. The evening can be spent partying and enjoying yourself.
The second day of racing begins at 10.00. The evening will be spent at the price-giving back at the Regatta Village at 1800 and enjoying the evenings live music.
Another 10:00 race start and another evening of prize-giving and live music at 1800.
The last race of the regatta starts at 1000 and is followed at 1800 by the prize giving for the race and with the announcement of the regatta’s overall winner. The last evening to let your hair down and enjoy the last concerts.