The 37th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta continues to improve upon their winning formula and energetic vibe of hosting a world class sailing & music event. The entertainment and musical acts have been booked, the venues have been confirmed and the sailors are rushing to enter to race in the Caribbean’s largest sailing event. The regatta, known as the largest warm water regatta in the world, is set to take place March 2-5, 2017 and will host over 5000 visitors to the island’s Caribbean shores.

This year, organizers have made significant upgrades to both the sailing aspects of the event as well as the on-shore party arrangements. There have been major improvements to the concert staging as well as the deluxe VIP decking which will enhance the overall experience of the concerts. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and venues will continue to be free to the public and the Sunday night event, March 5th, will have a $20 admission fee for the general public. The Regatta organizers state “The small admission fee on Sunday is a necessary step to ensure the sustainability of the event here on St. Maarten for many years to come. This event attracts thousands of visitors annually to our shores, and it provides an incredible value to virtually every business on the island.” Entrance to the concert on Sunday is included in the entry fee for registered sailing participants and active volunteers will also receive a complimentary pass to the venue on Sunday.

The Regatta organization has also announced that there will be many promotional opportunities to win free or discounted tickets to the Sunday show. UTS, the official telecommunication sponsor of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta will run a Regatta Ticket + Top-Up promotion where consumers can spend $25 and they get an $20 event ticket for Sunday’s show and a $20 credit for their chippie phone (Total savings of $15!).

John Leone of International Liquors & Tobacco stated “We are thrilled to be able to provide such a great line-up this year, which will feature UB40 feat. Ali, Astro & Micky, Collie Buddz and Mya as highlights of a world-class entertainment roster. Every year we strive to make the event better than the previous, and with that comes change. We know that everyone will walk away with an experience that will last them a lifetime and that is what the event is all about. “Serious Fun” is the event’s motto and it’s also something we take to heart and strive to achieve each and every year. We hope everyone enjoy the sailing, the parties and our wonderful island of St Maarten, they all go hand in hand and make this event truly unique.”

Thursday, March 2nd officially starts off the regatta festivities with a night of music. Thursday’s Green Sensation will showcase a collaboration of the island’s top four DJs: Cutcreator DJ Outkast, DJ Bossman, DJ Big Boss and DJ Em. With an aim to blend the desires of the crowd with the talents of the DJs, the audience will be active in choosing what music will be played during the night’s festivities. Taking place at Princess Port de Plaisance, the venue will host several food vendors and plenty of bars to keep you hydrated during the night. This is a fun and interactive party to experience and is free to the public.

Friday, March 3rd will showcase Philipsburg at The Boardwalk venue. A partnership with the Harbour Group of Companies makes the evening of “St. Maarten by Sea” possible, carrying the event along the entire stretch of The Boardwalk. The sounds of the Island’s best musicians including Xplosion Band and Exodus band from Anguilla will be featured along with local artisans, groups and organizations who can showcase and sell their work at the Boardwalk Market, a concept that was introduced in 2016 and is being repeated, by popular demand. The admission to the event will be free to the public. If you are interested in a booth on the Boardwalk Market please contact or

Saturday, March 4th takes the event to “St. Maarten by Air” which is in collaboration with the Princess Juliana International Airport. In addition to some great musical talents, the night will be filled with aerial highlights and stunts and many more surprises. Caribbean dancehall and reggae-sensation Collie Buddz and Antiguan singer Asher Otto and Itchyfeet will highlight the evening which will prove to be full of surprises. Admission for the night’s entertainment is free to the public. Corporate and VIP passes for the night’s concerts are available and include VIP area access, drinks, snacks, and air conditioned private restrooms and seating.

Sunday, March 5th, the party is named “Legendary Party” and will be the final night. The event’s organizers have already announced they have secured legendary reggae band UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey for the final show. Also, making a special appearance Sunday night will be Grammy award winning R&B artist Mya! Corporate and VIP passes for the night’s concerts are available and include admission to the event. Email for more information. The venue will offer plenty of food and drinks for sale as well as St. Maarten Heineken Regatta merchandise.

Tickets for Sunday’s Legendary Party can be purchased at all UTS offices, both Van Dorp locations, Tech Hub at Le Grand Marche Bush Road, Toppers Restaurant on Welfare Road, the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, The Captain Duty Free stores in Philipsburg and International Liquors in Point Blanche. General admission tickets for the Sunday event are $20. VIP tickets are $175 each and are available for Saturday and Sunday.

The sole purpose of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is to create an international sailing and music event that highlights the island of St. Maarten and attracts visitors to the many hotels, restaurants and cultural highlights that this dual nation has to offer.

For more information about the Regatta gear or to buy online, visit the Regatta website

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.