What means competing in the 40th edition of St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2020?
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, 40 years strong and it just keeps getting better. Four days of world-class racing with some of the world’s most seasoned sailors, from more than 35 countries, sailing Maxis, Monohulls and Performance Multihulls to holiday-makers on chartered Bareboats and live-aboard families cruising the Caribbean. Crystal clear waters and cooling northeast trade winds give the pristine conditions for spectacular racing just off the coast of St. Maarten. And with Heineken as title sponsor, the racing days blend seamlessly into four nights of exceptional parties. This event is your bucket list must-do! Come and enjoy life in the Caribbean, come for some Serious Fun from March 5-8, 2020!
- A world-famous international sailing event consisting of four days of racing
- Compete with the world’s best sailors on the fastest boats
- Competitors from more than 35 different countries
- Warm trade winds from the northeast
- An average temperature of 25 ° C
- Crystal clear water
- Racing alongside the coast and around the island
- Amazing views of the beaches and rocks
- Enjoy the culture, cuisine, and music from the Dutch and French side
Program St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
The four-day event kicks off on Thursday, February 28, 2019. On Friday the fleet embarks on the event’s 26 nautical miles Around the Island Race before taking on a series of windward-leeward races on Saturday and a single coastal race on Sunday. Each day of racing is rounded out with serious shore-side entertainment, including concerts and parties.
3rd – 8th March 2020
The schedule can be subject to change
- Training: Tuesday 3rd March
- Training: Wednesday 4th March
- First Race Day: Thursday 5th March
- Round the Island from Simpson Bay: Friday 6th March
- Race Day 3 (both sides island): Saturday 7th March
- Race day 4 (South Coast and North West): Sunday 8th March
- Price giving and beach party: Sunday 8th March
Every day after racing between 3 pm and 5 pm and on Sunday at 1:30 pm, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta will be making a show out of the bridge openings.
More information on the sailing and shore program you find here
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2019 Promo
Package onboard Volvo 60 Challenger for individuals
Volvo 60 Challenger is a modified Whitbread 60 Round the World Race boat (later known as Volvo 60’s). She was initially intended to compete in the 1997 edition of the race.
- The skipper of Challenger gives you the opportunity to sail on a 60ft, 25kt+ capable, pro race boat in some of the world’s most prestigious regattas or on one of a number of ‘bucket list’ ocean crossing voyages.
- You become an active member of our crew- not a passenger. You will assist with helming, sail trimming and all the normal duties of a crew member whilst having the opportunity to learn about weather routing, navigation, race tactics & short-handed sailing techniques from a highly experienced skipper and mate.
- We provide the boat, a highly skilled professional crew, full safety training and total support throughout the voyage. So you have a great time whilst making either an HR objective or personal dream a reality.
- Your skipper and mate are going to be there for your entire experience with us and will help you through every aspect of the adventure. From learning about all the safety equipment present onboard right through to what to wear and what to pack- we can help you navigate the whole process. Find out more
Package onboard TP52 Conviction for individuals
- Experience a sailing adventure like no other on these masterfully crafted racing yachts.
- TP52 provides the perfect experience for racing at the highest level in some of the most competitive regattas on the circuit
- Ideal for the sailing enthusiast or an inexperienced sailor yet to be exposed to the adrenaline rush.
- Our qualified crew will guide you towards your desired results while you will be a fully active member of the crew, learning and contributing.
- Before a regatta, we schedule training days to prepare you for the subtleties of sail trim, and the various manoeuvres as well as the tactics for upwind, downwind sailing, and procedures at mark roundings. Read more
Video TP52 Conviction Round the Island Race St.Maarten Heineken Regatta 2016
St.Maarten Heineken Regatta wrap up film 2018
Sint Maarten Yacht Club
Established in 1980 with the goal to promote sailing on the island of St Maarten. It organizes multiple sailing events throughout the year, with the St Maarten Heineken Regatta as its crown jewel. A youth sailing program stimulates local youngsters to become part of the sailing community, teaching them life skills like teamwork, perseverance and confidence. Always looking to further develop sailing on St Maarten, the Club is active in promoting the sport, as well as the beautiful destination it is located at.
It is located on one of the best spots on the island, right next to the Simpson Bay Bridge. Here, one can enjoy a great view on all boats entering and leaving the lagoon. Especially during the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, when more than 100 sailboats go through this bridge!
Future dates of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta always takes place the first weekend of March. These are the dates for the next years:
2021: March 4th – March 7th
2022: March 3rd – March 6th
2023: March 2nd – March 5th
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