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Registration open for 40th anniversary St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

by Sint Maarten Yacht Club 24 Sep 2019 15:26 BST 5-8 March 2020
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta fleet © Laurens Morel

Organizers of the 40th St Maarten Heineken Regatta are proud to announce that it is now accepting entries for its annual Regatta and are inviting all participants to register for the event taking place March 5-8, 2020.

After publishing the Notice of Race it soon became clear how keen sailors were to register their teams as over 4 teams already entered in the first 24 hours!

Sailing Holland, entered by Gideon Messink - Campaign Director Sailing Holland, is a Volvo 65 winning third place in the 2017 - 2018 Volvo Ocean Race as Team Brunel, and will be most certainly a team to watch. Team Extra Djinn, a Varianta 44 entered by Michel Dorsman, entered early after an active sailing season in Holland, where they secured a first place in its class during the North Sea Regatta.

Organizers are pleased to welcome back Touch2Play with Rob Butler and his crew for their 3rd St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. During the 2019 edition they won first place in CSA 3 and although fast, they are also hard to miss on the racecourse flying a bright pink Spinnaker. Finally, organizers welcome La Novia, a 48ft Catamaran from the Dominican Republic entered by Georges Coutu.

"There is great news for Multihull participants this year", announces Michele Korteweg, Regatta Director. Multihulls that register to race in both the Caribbean Multihull Challenge II (14 - 16 February 2020) and in the 40th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta will have the opportunity to compete for a Grand Combination Prize of an Oris Swiss Watch worth in excess of US$2,000. "The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta was always known to have the largest multihull class in the Caribbean, therefore we were thrilled when the Sint Maarten Yacht Club announced a separate event for Cats last year. Having these events only separated by weeks, it is the perfect opportunity for Multihull participants to compete in both challenging Regattas." Continues Korteweg.

Port de Plaisance Marina has again extended free dockage for the first 30 fully paid entries of the st Maarten Heineken Regatta, allowing competitors to be right at the heart of the Regatta Village. The Regatta Village will again be located at Port de Plaisance Resort, Marina, Country Club & Casino and with its upcoming 40th Anniversary the entertainment will be Legendary!

"We invite all music lovers and festival fans to make your way down to the blue waters and the white sandy beaches of St. Maarten this March for a week filled with exciting live music performed by incredibly talented local, regional and international artists. You are invited to party with us!" Says John Leone, Onshore Production Director.

All racing will take place in the waters surrounding the dual-nation island of Sint Maarten/Saint Martin, offering a variety of courses suitable for all classes: Maxi's, Ocean Racers, Multihulls, Bareboats, Cruisers, and everything in between, this Event is 'Serious Fun' for everyone.

Online registration is quick, easy to use, and can be accessed via the regatta website where you will also find the Notice of Race for 2020. Sign up now! The island of St. Maarten and the organizers of the St Maarten Heineken Regatta look forward to welcome you to celebrate his 40th anniversary with some "Serious Fun"!

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