This year again, the Heineken regatta did not deceive. From the myriads of sail boats competing to the great entertainment that rocked the evenings away, everyone on island enjoyed the festivities.
The stage this year was at the Princess Casino in Colebay for easier access and parking. The many artists included Shaggy, Percy Rankin and DJ Outkast for fun and music filled evenings.
According to the St Maarten 38th Heineken Regatta website “A burst of breeze from the west made for a spectacular grand finale of racing at the 38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, and with lead positions still up for grabs in several classes, many teams were eager to make their final claims on class victories. To capitalize on the 18-knot breeze, organizers sent Maxi and Ocean Racing Classes on a counter clockwise race around the island while the rest of the CSA, Ocean Racing, Bareboat and Melges 24 fleet dazzled spectators from the shore off Simpson Bay, racing a series of windward leeward courses. In the end, winners were crowned in 16 classes.
Taking home the coveted St. Maarten – St. Martin Cup for Most Worthy Performance Overall was Jan van den Eynde’s Wanna B.
“We won this trophy in 1999, and it feels wonderful to do it again,” said van den Eynde who has raced in the Heineken Regatta since its inception in 1980 and lost his previous boat to Hurricane Irma. He returned this year with a new boat, Esse 850 Wanna B. “It moves surprisingly well and this was only the fourth time we had sailed it.”
After fighting tooth and nail in the Maxi Class, Kialoa III was able to pull ahead of the Brazilian team Camiranga to take first place overall.
The Polish team racing the Volvo Ocean 70 Green Dragon and Chris Swallow’s team aboard the Pogo 12.50 Akouavi were able to hold on to their leads in the event’s two Ocean Racing Classes.
And after some serious racing, came some “Serious Fun” and competitors went from the docks to the Regatta Village to join friends and locals for libations, final prize giving and a performance from Grammy Award winning musician Shaggy.”
Ensure you include the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta in your schedule:
2018: March 1st – March 4th
2019: February 28th – March 3rd
2020: March 5th – March 8th
2021: March 4th – March 7th
2022: March 3rd – March 6th