Students from all over Dutch St. Maarten came together on Sunday February 12th for the Regatta Art Competition prize giving ceremony which was held at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club. With different assignments in every age category, many artworks were submitted and displayed in the bar and restaurant. Judges were astonished by the creativity and talent of the students and were able to reward this with prizes ranging from gift vouchers to diving lessons. After prize giving, the children got their faces painted by the Funtopia crew, watched the tiny boat race and enjoyed Carousel’s sweet cotton candy.

For the past month, students aged 4 – 18 did their utmost best to make the most wonderful art pieces with recyclable materials. With three different assignments in five age categories, there was a wide variety of assignments ranging from making dioramas, creating bottle fishes and designing next year’s Regatta Art Competition logo.

This year’s judge panel consisted of Tony Parisi, a realistic painting artist and Cati Burnot, an abstract painting artist located on the French side.  Both the judges brought all their knowledge to choose the winners out of many wonderful submissions. ‘’I’m blown away, great to see that all these participants put in so much effort to make these beautiful art pieces’’, says Cati.

During the prize giving ceremony, winners were awarded with fantastic prizes by organizer Sacha van der Wouden. “This event is a great opportunity for students to express their creativity and to get to know the St. Maarten Regatta. There are some really talented students on this small island.” Sacha mentioned. “Thanks to the amazing sponsors, winners went home with prizes such as movie tickets, ice cream vouchers, sailing trips and even some skateboards. These prizes make it even a greater competition to enter and to organize.”

The afternoon ended with fun-filled activities. This year, children were asked to make a tiny floating boat that needed to be able to race against the other seaworthy floating boats during the prize giving at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club. The winner of the floating boat race, Misha Samtani from the Montessori School, received a trip to the Butterfly Farm for her entire school class.

The organizers would like to thank all participating schools, children and volunteers for making this a successful and fun-filled competition once again. A very special thanks to the sponsors: Aqua Mania, the Butterfly Farm, Carousel, Caribbean Cinemas, Divico, Funtopia, Intertoys, the Loterie Farm, the Nature Foundation, Ocean Explorers, Prime, Random Wind, Rhino Safari, the Scuba Shop, Shipwreck Shops, Trisport, Van Dorp and West Indies Sports Park. The organization encourages everybody who participated to participate again in 2018 for the 19th edition of the Regatta Art Competition.

St. Maarten Regatta
The St. Maarten 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 Regatta will celebrate its 37th edition from March 2-5, 2017.

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

St. Maarten 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.