Last Sunday, students from all over Dutch St. Maarten came together 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 airplane tickets. After prize-giving, the children got their faces painted by the Funtopia crew, watched the plastic bottle 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 three different assignments in five age categories from which the children could choose, there was a wide variety of assignments ranging from making paintings, creating the St. Maarten Regatta Youth Sailing trophy and designing next year’s Regatta Art Competition logo.

This year’s judge panel consisted of La Rich, owner of Funtopia and Leola Cotton, an upcoming local artist. Both the judges brought their supporters to help out choosing the winners as it was difficult since there were so many wonderful submissions.

During the prize-giving, winners were awarded fantastic prizes by organizer Fleur Visser. “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.” she mentioned. “Thanks to the amazing sponsors, winners went home with prizes such as movie tickets, free pizzas and ice cream, sailing trips and even a roundtrip ticket to a neighbor island. These prizes make it a great competition to enter and to organize.”

The afternoon ended with fun-filled activities. Especially the boat race which was part of this year’s group assignment caught a lot of attention. Students had the opportunity to build a boat using plastic bottles. With one boat from Sundial School participating, a small race on the Simpson Bay lagoon was held. The boat was nicely built and did not capsize or sink. To reward the group’s hard work, they received a Nature Cruise on the Marine Park vessel, sponsored by the Nature Foundation.

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: Winair, Shipwreck Shops, Caribbean Cinemas, Domino’s Pizza, Carousel, Van Dorp, Random Wind, Prime, Loterie Farm, Funtopia, The Butterfly Farm, Aqua Mania, Rhino Safari and the Nature Foundation. The organization encourages everybody who participated to participate again in 2017 for the 18th edition of the Regatta Art Competition.

St. Maarten Regatta
For 36 years, the St. Maarten Regatta has showcased the top boats and sailing-and has become equally famous for its world-class slate of parties and musical entertainment-in the Caribbean. Now recognized by sailors around the planet as one of the sailing world’s best regattas, each year the event lives up to its worthy motto: Serious Fun.

For full information on the St. Maarten Regatta, 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