Want to race in the 38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta but don’t have a boat? There are several options ranging from booking a single crew space on a race charter boat to full-service packages with flights, entry, and daily briefings included, or chartering a top-spec race charter boat with your own crew and vying for the new Performance Yacht Racing Trophy.
The regatta has long been famous for its large and competitive Bareboat classes. These boats, usually between 40 and 50 foot come identically prepared for non-spinnaker racing from companies like Sunsail/Moorings, the regatta’s official Bareboat provider, Dream Yacht Charters, or one of several smaller local companies. Bareboats are normally chartered for sailing holidays and so offer comfortable accommodation as well as close and challenging racing. Competitors looking for a turn-key package of flights, bareboat charter, daily briefings and attentive assistance can turn to tour operators KRAS, ATPi, and Windward Adventures, all based in The Netherlands.
For the full-on spinnaker racing, the options start with booking single places on a Race Charter boat. These boats have often won the coveted Most Worthy Boat trophy – the St Maarten Heineken Regatta’s overall prize. Companies like Sail Race Crew or Performance Yacht Racing offer individual and group packages on a variety of Race Charter boats with professional crew and excellent hospitality.
Race Charter boats can also be chartered ‘whole-boat’ where the charterer provides most or all of the crew. This is a perfect option for a crew that want to take their racing to the Caribbean without having to bring their boat. The range of boats on offer run the entire spectrum of the regatta from a 24 foot Day boat to a Swan 100. Race Charter Companies like Performance Yacht Racing, Performance Yacht Charter, Sailing Logic, and Miramar Sailing ensure that the boat is well-prepared and can also offer professional crew to make up for the unlucky crew that can’t share the experience of a lifetime at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
Four days of world-class racing with some of the world’s most seasoned sailors, from more than 35 countries, sailing Maxis, Monohulls and Performance Multihulls to holiday-makers on chartered Bareboats and live-aboard families cruising the Caribbean. Crystal clear waters and cooling northeast trade winds provide pristine conditions for spectacular racing around the coast of St. Martin. And with Heineken as title sponsor, the racing days blend seamlessly into four nights of exceptional parties. Come and enjoy life in the Caribbean, come for some Serious Fun from March 1-4, 2018!
For full information on the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, including results, photos, videos, party- and band information, and much, much more, visit www.heinekenregatta.com.
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Office
The Sint Maarten Yacht Club
Welfare Road 90, Simpson Bay, St. Maarten
T: +1 721 544 2079
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