It’s the final day before the #serioussailing starts at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.  The majority of the 120 boats from over 22 countries have already registered , a seamless process handled by St. Maarten Heineken Regatta’s team of volunteers.  Skippers leave with Heineken waterproof race packs, filled with complimentary cans of Heineken, and a range of other goodies from the event sponsors including a free SIM card provided by UTS to stay connected.

After completing registration and clearing customs,  conveniently located together in Regatta Village, the crews have plenty of time for last minute preparations for tomorrow’s racing. With a fresh breeze blowing, many boats have chosen to get out to the race areas for some practice, giving the crew and navigators some vital pre race insight.  Race Director Paul Miller and his team of race officers are paying close attention to the weather.  The predicted wind conditions for tomorrow are gusts of around 25-28 knots, which is due to drop to around 14-17 knots, as the wind turns to the south.  “We’re seeing a period of vertical instability in the weather,” says Paul Miller “It’ll be really exciting out there with waves whipped up to around 1.9m.” With all races finishing at the Heineken mark by Simpson Bay, crowds will be gathering to see the fleet streaming back through the lifting bridge after the racing, ready for live music by The Elovaters, delicious food and cold Heineken, as the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Village comes to life as more than 2,000 sailors, supporters, families and friends get together for #seriousfun.

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Notes to Editors
For more information about the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, please contact Liberty Ash or Emma Cottle on 01460 241641, or email: liberty@adpr.co.uk or emma@adpr.co.uk.

About St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
Now in its 39th year, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is four days of world-class racing starting on 28th February until the 3rd March 2019. Set in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean, sailing is powered by the cooling northeast trade winds and run by an experienced and friendly race team.

To find out more about the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, please visit www.heinekenregatta.com

About Kidz at Sea Foundation
The Foundation was founded in 2012, by Garth Steyn and Lorraine Talmi, with support of the Marine Trades Association and other prominent professionals in the industry. Since its inception they have been visited by the Governor of St. Maarten and the King and Queen of Holland. The Foundation has been awarded multi-year grants from the Samenwerkende Fondsen and the Nationaal Rampenfonds. Additionally, they are supported by many local and international corporate partners that assist us with monetary, technical and in-kind support.