Regatta participants are now able to officially enter the 2016 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Months of planning go into this unique event and the race management is ready to go. The Notice of Race is online and can be downloaded along with the Safety and Bareboat rules. For the 2016 edition there will be two new classes added to the line-up. One will be for Former Volvo/Whitbread boats and the other is for Beach Cats. The online registration is simple and easy to use and can be accessed via the regatta website www.heinekenregatta.com.
The Former Volvo/Whitbread class has been created to attract these magnificently fast racing machines and give them an opportunity to race against each other in a fun way. Courses are currently being designed for this class and will give these boats a longer track they so much prefer. Team Brunel, the 2014-2015 VOR 2nd place winner, has already announced they will be based in the Caribbean and racing the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. The regatta organization is keen that other former VOR boats will enter and make this class the one to watch.
Another new addition is the comeback of the Beach cat class. It has been over 10 years since the regatta had beach cats participating during the event. This fun and fast group of boats always adds an added excitement to the racing, and in 2016 they will not only have their own race course but additionally, organizers are planning a separate race committee to handle all Beach Cat queries.
Registration is additionally open for all other classes such as CSA, Bareboat and Lottery, giving all yachts that want to race during the event the opportunity to compete against other similar boats. Multihulls are also a large part of the regatta line-up, with the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta having the largest Multihull fleet in the Caribbean. Final class allocation will be done much closer to the event and participants will be able to size up their competition once all registrations are final.
For the 36th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, the regatta team has paired up with Paul Miller of RegattaGuru. Miller has already been involved for numerous years with the entry and results system. This year the involvement of RegattaGuru has expanded to include assistance with race management, course design, as well as management of the race logistical team. Organizers are pleased with this development and look forward to having a streamlined race management department.
For questions related to the event, please contact the regatta office directly and you will quickly be directed to the person that can best handle your inquiry. Please join us in celebrating 36 years of Serious Fun. To see what can be expected during the regatta, check out the new promo on our YouTube channel!
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
For 36 years, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has showcased the top boats and sailing—and has become equally famous for its world-class slate of parties and musical entertainment—in the Caribbean. Now recognized by sailors around the planet as one of the sailing world’s best regattas, each year the event lives up to its worthy motto: Serious Fun.
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) 5442079