The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is just weeks away from the 37th edition and organizers at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club are actively finalizing the last details. With approximately 200 boats expected to race this coming year, the need for strong and supportive sponsors is even more important. Budget Marine continues its support to the event and the organizers look forward to working alongside the team to help make the 2017 event a success.

“Budget Marine has been a part of the event, in one capacity or another, since its inception. Initially, the support comprised of mainly behind the scenes help and over the years, as the event grew more professional, the partnership also grew. Budget Marine officially became a sponsor over a decade ago when the event added the Commodore’s Cup. Since then we have shared the same goal which is to promote sailing on the island of St. Maarten and to spread the word globally about the event, the island and the Marine industry available here.” stated Ellen van Holland-Little of Budget Marine St. Maarten.

“In addition to providing the event with much needed AB dinghies and Tohatsu outboards, Budget Marine is offering a water shuttle service for regatta participants. This service will take sailors back and forth from the Sint Maarten Yacht Club to Budget Marine and will run on Feb 28th and 1st. This guarantees that those competitors that need to pick up last minute items can do so with ease.” Van Holland-Little said.

Budget Marine has one store in St. Maarten, located in Cole Bay, which offers a wide variety of products for all levels of boaters, including mega yachts, and cruisers. The store, which also acts as the main distribution centre for 10 locations around the region, carries the largest selection of marine products anywhere in the Caribbean. As the local dealer for Gill merchandise, Budget Marine will also be on site at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club and at all party locations with the Gill Regatta Gear. This line of branded technical apparel gives sailors high-quality sailing gear designed specifically for the warm water racing done in the region. The collection, which includes a variety of colours and choices, can be viewed via the regatta website

Regatta Director Michelle van der Werff stated: “The event has specific needs that include both financial as well as material support. Budget Marine understands that need and is always creatively thinking alongside us to solve the problems that arise. The partnership with the event goes back many years and that is something that should be valued. In addition to providing great technical gear, we are excited to be able to offer our sailors reliable service to and from their boats in the bay. Budget Marine supports many events throughout the Caribbean and we are thrilled to be able to be on that long list of valued events.”

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is the largest warm water regatta in the world. This world-renowned sailing event offers a great combination of four days of challenging races and fantastic parties; living up to the event’s motto of “Serious Fun”! The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta will celebrate its 37th edition from March 2-5, 2017.

For full information on the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, including results, photos, videos, party- and band information, and much, much more, visit

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Office
The Sint Maarten Yacht Club
Welfare Road 90, Simpson Bay, St. Maarten
T: +1 721 544 2079

Contact for questions about the racing, classes and format.