Innovation is the key to success and with that in mind, the race committee of the 2017 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has added a day to the already packed schedule of the event. Monday March 6th, 2017, is the date for the first edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Star event. This new racing series will take place on the French side in Nettle Bay, in front of Le Sand Restaurant, Beach & Bar and is sponsored by Yanmar. Winners of selected classes from the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta will be asked to nominate a member of their crew to race one of the identically prepared Radio Controlled Laser sailboats. The overall winner will be crowned ‘Heineken Star’ and the day will be closed with a BBQ party at Le Beach Hotel in Marigot Bay.
This unique Heineken Star event will test the sailing skills of crew members from a variety of teams. The Radio Controlled boats have just two controls: a rudder and a mainsheet. There are no excuses and no tweaking; just sailing skills. Competitors will have an hour to practice, after which there will be five race series with one discard. The winner will be crowned the first ever ‘Heineken Star’. This spectator friendly event will take place at the water’s edge, which means that competitors can be encouraged by friends and family from the sidelines, adding an aspect of excitement to the racing.
The actual racing will not start before 12pm and will run for the remainder of the afternoon with live commentary and music on the beach. A typical Caribbean BBQ is planned at Le Beach Hotel at 5pm and the general public is invited to come down and enjoy local food, live music from Percy Rankin and Heineken beers. For only US$ 35 per person, regatta competitors and visitors receive a full BBQ including chicken and pork ribs – a buffet of crude and cooked siding – and not to be missed; a bucket of 6 Heineken beers! For the full menu, please have a look HERE. Prize-giving will commence at 6pm and promises to be a great ending to the festivities.
Yanmar is proud to participate in the inaugural Heineken Star event. Yanmar has an incredibly high profile amongst racing and sailing vessels globally, and therefore; this partnership is a great fit.