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Richard Wesslund’s El Ocaso Earns “Most Worthy Performance Overall” For The 2014 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

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The final day of the 34th annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta closed in outstanding fashion last evening at the traditional Prize-Giving ceremony on Kim Sha Beach. The evening’s top prize-the St. Maarten-Saint Martin Cup-for the regatta’s Most Worthy Performance Overall went to Rich Wesslund’s J/122, El Ocaso, the winner of the event’s biggest division, the 18-boat CSA4 class.

El Ocaso‘s crew, resplendent in blue Hawaiian shirts, received their prize from St. Maarten’s Honourable Prime Minister Ms. Sarah Westcott-Williams, who was gracious in her remarks honoring Wesslund and his team, while also recognizing the hundreds of international sailors who’d descended on the island for the Caribbean’s largest regatta. It was the second time Wesslund’s Florida-based squad was the Most Worthy of them all. [Read more…]

Winners Crowned In 20 Classes In Dramatic Concluding Day of The 34th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

In one of the closest and most dramatic concluding days in the long history of the Caribbean’s biggest annual regatta, 20 division winners in a fleet of 210 boats were crowned this afternoon to wrap up the 34th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.

In so many diverse ways – the ages of the crews, the national flags they flew, the size and types of boats they sailed – the championship teams represented a wide cross-section of international sailors who saved their very best for the last day of racing. And what a day it proved to be. [Read more…]

Fleet Sets Sail For Marigot On Day 2 Of 34th Heineken Regatta

Superb sailing, point-to-point distance racing, classic round-the-buoys windward/leeward courses, perfect spinnaker sets, botched spinnaker douses, and even a busted halyard that ended the racing for one of the event’s largest yachts just moments after it began: It was a wild day. And, when all was said and done, 211 boats that began racing this morning off Simpson Bay, on the Dutch side of St. Maarten, concluded a full day of action in Marigot, on the French shores. There was something for everyone on Day 2 of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. [Read more…]

In Perfect Tradewind Conditions, 211 Yachts In 21 Classes Commence Racing In the 34th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

Photo by Bob Greiser

The 34th annual running of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta got off to a magnificent start this morning as a solid fleet of 211 dedicated racing boats and bareboat charter yachts commenced competition with the traditional opening-day round-the-island race. In sweet easterly tradewinds hovering in the 14-18 knot range, with gusts in the low 20s, the race committees on two racing circles sent the majority of the fleet on a clockwise spin around St. Maarten. [Read more…]

In Perfect Sailing Conditions, A Record-Setting 50-Boat Fleet Sets Sail In The 2014 Gill Commodore’s Cup

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Under beautiful blue skies and with an ideal 15-18 knot east-southeast breeze coursing across the waters along the southern shore of St. Maarten, 50 spinnaker-division boats in five classes set sail today in the 2014 Gill Commodore’s Cup.

Sponsored by Gill North America, the manufacturer of top sailing gear and the regatta’s official technical gear provider, the Gill Commodore’s Cup serves as the tune-up series to the 34th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, which begins on Friday, March 7. [Read more…]