In 1980, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta started as the St. Maarten Regatta with a modest 12 sail boats participating.
Three years later, in 1983, Heineken became a major sponsor of the St. Maarten Regatta and ‘Heineken’ was added to the name of the event. Heineken participated with a fee of 3,750 guilders (approximately $2100). As a bonus, the competitors received ice cold Heineken beers from a passing powerboat while they were racing.
After the involvement of Heineken, the event grew fast. With the addition of a third day in 1990, the event grew to 187 boats in 1995 and 251 boats in 1999. Another racing day, the Commodore’s Cup, was added in 2005. The record amount of boats participating in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta was in 2008 with 284 boats.
Click below to go to the 2018 Event Schedule. Please bear in mind that the event schedule is subject to change.
Are you interested in what is happening before, during and after the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta? Check out our news page!
Every year, the Regatta Office publishes a Regatta Magazine. You can read the magazine of the 37th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta here.
Keep your eye open for the 38th edition!
Sint Maarten Yacht Club
The Sint Maarten Yacht Club is the organizing entity of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. It is located on one of the best spots on the island, right next to the Simpson Bay Bridge. Here, one can enjoy a great view on all boats entering and leaving the lagoon. Especially during the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, when more than 100 sail boats go through this bridge!
Corporate Social Responsibility
The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is not just an event for tourists and sailors, it also involves the community. The community is involved by supporting two programs which give the St. Maarten youth the opportunity to learn and enjoy sailing. Furthermore, the local community is involved by two project organized by the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta; the Regatta Art Competition and the Beach Clean-Up.
Are you interested in participating or visiting the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta? Click below to see the dates of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta for the next five years.
Join our Team
The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is organized by the Sint Maarten Yacht Club Regatta Foundation in cooperation with Heineken as Title Sponsor. With such a big event, there are many people involved. On this page, we would like to show you who is involved and give the opportunity to be involved with the event yourself by signing up as volunteer.