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Heineken Regatta | St Martin Yacht Racing


36th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta: March 3 - 6, 2016

35th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

Join Sunsail in St. Martin for the adrenalin-filled Heineken Regatta! We are proud to be once again a Presenting Sponsor in 2016.

Race, race, party, party, sums up this major international regatta on the Island of St Martin. The three day regatta finishes in a different harbour and exhilarating sailing is followed by some of the best parties in the Caribbean! Now fully matured as an international yachting event, the Heineken Regatta has been gradually nurtured in the French/Dutch Caribbean Island of St Martin (to the French), Sint Maarten (to the Dutch) over the past few years.

The Regatta started like all regattas do – as a little fun racing between a few friends. After a year or two, the local Heineken importer noticed that the event caused quite an increase in beer sales and decided to support the event. The Heineken Regatta has since developed into an annual regatta taking place in early March; the event attracts over 150 yachts and 500 spectators from countries all over the world.

Racing is provided under the auspices of the Caribbean Yachting Association with the cruising boats rated under the St Martin handicapping system. The actual racing takes the format of four races over three days including races up and down the Anguilla Channel around the waters of Marigot Bay and the popular race which circumnavigates the whole island.

Like all good regattas, Heineken boasts its share of parties and social events too – pounding steel drums, insistent Soca rhythms, clinking cold green bottles, are a familiar sound during the three days. The socializing reaches a peak with the famous prize giving ceremony taking place on the final day Sunday evening.

    Booking & Price Information

    Actual Race Days: March 4 – 6, 2016
    Regatta Period: March 3 – 6, 2016
    Charter Base: St. Martin
    Suggested Charter Dates: February 29 – March 7, 2016 (Minimum 7 day charter required.)
    Event Code: HR16
    All Security Deposits and Insurances must be paid in advance of the charter.
    Type of Race: This is an international race, and may include any or all, around the island, buoy, and/or point-to-point racing.

    For full pricing and to book your place on the Heineken Regatta, please contact a member of the sales team on 888.350.3568.

    $US Regatta Week Costs
    Charter Fee Variable Pricing Check daily rates.
    Security Deposit
    $6,500 (Option 1)
    $10,400 (Option 2)
    Compulsory charge, per yacht, covering all elements of loss or damage during the charter period, except for negligence; payable by credit card at the base
    Yacht Damage
    See daily rates Discretionary charge added to booking for all charter days before, and after the regatta
    Race Entry Package Monos 30-40ft ($1,340)
    Monos 41-49ft ($1,420)
    Monos 50ft+ ($1,840)
    All Cats ($1,785)
    Mandatory supplement fee payable in advance with final payment
    When any yacht is being chartered to participate in an organized regatta event, a higher than normal Security Deposit will be required at the base. Only one security deposit is required. Max liability is equal to the value of the security deposit amount while under racing rules; otherwise, the standard max liability amounts will apply as stated in the Collision Yacht Damage Waiver at all other times of the charter with the exception of substantial damage or loss resulting from gross negligence.
    What's Included
    Race Entry fees
    Welcome cocktail
    Race Support
    Yacht Preparation & Hull Cleaning
    Yacht Measurement
    Pre-race Briefing
    Regatta Shirts and/or Hats
    Taxi Transfers
    Local Cruising Taxes
    Mooring Fees
    Departure Taxes
    Yacht Delivery Fees

    Race support includes chase boat with additional rigging and supplies.