St Maarten Heineken Regatta
The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta will celebrate its 36th edition this year from March 3 - 6, 2016. This world re- nowned sailing event offers four days of World Class Racing, with trade winds coming from the North East, an average temperature of 25Â°C and crystal clear waters. This truly international event had a staggering 32 different countries represented during the Regatta. Courses will take participants along coastal races, as well as around the is- land, presenting the beautiful beaches, rock formations and other scenery. On shore participants and visitors will be able to enjoy the culture, cuisine and music from both the Dutch and French side.
Everyone can participate in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and the level of racing has reached great heights and has met the levels of international racing standards in both monohull, as well as multihull racing. The competitive cruising class is also well represented, with participants who enjoy a more leisurely race. Furthermore, approximately 70 participating boats are chartered by individuals or compa- nies and sail in our bareboat division.
With a title sponsor like Heineken, which has been a part of the Regatta since the inception, the onshore events are always something to look forward to. With party locations all over the island this is a great opportunity to see the fantastic nightlife the island has to offer. The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has a great track record in providing great artists and an atmosphere to die for every night of the regatta. With artists such as Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, The Commodores and Red Foo and the Party Rock Crew revelers can party away with a cold Heineken in hand and sand between their toes.
With over 30 years of experience the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has established a standard that cannot be beat, but which can only get better. Or- ganizers are working year round to ensure that the next 30 years will continue to bring St. Maarten, her beaches, culture, food and fun to the entire world through the sport of sailing. Sailor or non-sailor, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is an event that you have to cross off your bucketlist!
No two words in the superyacht racing world evoke more awe and power than THE BUCK- ET, the colloquial abbreviation for St. Barth’s Bucket, which begins March 17th and contin- ues through March 20th on the tiny French Island of St. Barths.
The St Barths Bucket Regatta is a congenial, invitational regatta set in the Corinthian spirit. Invitations can be extended to yachts whose LOA is 30.5 meters (100 feet) or greater, or to ones that qualify under the ‘grandfather clause’ or receive special consideration by the stewards of the event. Safe sailing is the highest priority of the event organizer, therefore, an invitation will be extended to those eligible yachts whose owners, cap- tains, crews and guests endeavor to make this a safe and enjoyable event. This is a fun regatta with safe sailing the highest priority of the Event Organizer. Therefore, an invita- tion will be extended to those yachts whose owners, captains, crews and guests will participate and endeavor to make this a fun and safe event. Part 1 of the Announcement of Regatta consists of general administra- tive information and Part 2 with the rules and conditions.
No fewer than 80 boats and 1,000 sailors are expected to compete at the event, which has been a not-to-be-missed competitive gathering since its creation back in 2010, and for very good reason. The unique combina- tion of sportsmanship and conviviality, which makes for excitement both on the water and ashore, attracts a growing number of com- petitors each year. Among them are some of the leading names in the sailing world, and they make an exceptional line-up at an event frmly anchored as one of the Caribbean’s major sailing meets. April 11 - 16, 2016
By looking at the number of entrants in the past editions of Les Voiles de St. Barth, race organizers François Tolède, Luc Poupon, and Annelisa Gee, have worked carefully to ensure that the event expands carefully, seeking input from competitors.
Gee said, “At the end of the day we talk to everyone. We appreciate constructive criti- cism that helps us grow the event. People have been very forthcoming; they really appreciate that we are not fxed in our ways. That’s the beauty of a new event — we are completely open-minded to change.”