Heineken Regatta – Online Registration open; Inshore Class introduced for 2014

Online Registration open; Inshore Class introduced for 2014

Online registration for the 34th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, taking place 6th – 9th March 2014, is now open at www.heinekenregatta.com. The Notice of Race is also available on the website together with lots of other info on the regatta, the infamous parties and the fabulous Island itself.

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta had over 200 entries in 2013, making it the biggest regatta in the Caribbean. Competitors travel from 32 different countries to join the regatta.

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta’s is open to all types of sailors from professional teams and boat owners to friends on a yearly break hiring a boat for the event. Racing classes range from specialist boats such as the Gunboats and the Melges 24 to the Multi-hull class which is the biggest of its kind in the Caribbean. With a growing attendance of the Melges 32 yachts the variety of high class racing boats is on the rise. This is also shown in the quality of the sailors taking part. In previous years sailors such as Bouwe Bekking, Taylor Canfield and Olympian Richard Clarke have taken part.

For 2014, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta will also include an Inshore Class with the opportunity to show your skills on a Sunfast 20. With this one-design fleet, the regatta is introducing an affordable yet challenging way to enter in the fun. The Sunfast 20 fleet is the same as those used in the invitation-only Budget Marine Match Racing Cup.

Racing will include a variety of courses with mainly windward-leeward, approx. 40 minutes each, and could be inside or outside the lagoon, and could include longer distance races. The SunFast 20 boats have a comfortable cockpit that is well set up and easy to race using just the main sail with a self-tacking jib. They have internal ballast with a swing lift centerboard and rudder.

Any questions and queries can be directed to regatta@heinekenregatta.com. For full information on the 2014 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, including entry information, the Notice of Race, photos, videos, party and band information, and more, visit www.heinekenregatta.com