St Maarten Regatta Update

By October 5, 2017Uncategorized

Over the next few weeks, we will be focussing on the different regattas in the Caribbean, updating you on how the islands are recovering from the recent Hurricanes and your yacht charter options. This weeks focus is on St Maarten and the Heineken Regatta.

Latest Updates

St. Maarten Airport will reopen for all commercial flights on Tuesday, 10th October.  (Flights available with Air Canada, Air France, American Airlines, Caribbean Airlines, Delta, Jet Blue, KLM, and Liat just to name a few.)

The Commodore’s Suites and the Atrium Hotel have both confirmed they will be welcoming guests for the St Maarten Heineken Regatta.

Some of our favourite restaurants, bars and eateries are open for business including; Zee Best Bakery, St Maarten Yacht Club, Toppers, Soggy Dollar Bar and Buccaneer Beach Bar.

St. Maarten update October 2017

St Marteen was recently devastated by the full force of one of the strongest hurricanes in history. The islanders and wider communities have rallied together and incredibly many businesses, marinas, bars and restaurants are already open.

The message is loud and clear; the Caribbean will be open and ready to welcome visiting yachtsmen and women for the 2018 racing and cruising season. We can now all help by committing to the islands that have warmly welcomed us into their communities for decades.

The 2018 season is going to be a very special year in the Caribbean, as we all come together to rebuild the livelihoods of the resilient locals who will open their hearts and share their wonderful islands with all those who visit.

St Maarten Heineken Regatta

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta will celebrate its 38th anniversary and takes place from March 1 – 4, 2018. This Regatta is the largest warm water Regatta in the world and offers a great combination of challenging races and fantastic parties, keeping with the event’s motto “Serious Fun”!

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is open to all levels of sailors from professional teams to novice and first time on the water sailors. 

The event kicks off with the GILL Commodores Cup on Thursday 1st March, two or three windward leeward races starting and finishing between Philisburg and Simpson Bay.

Friday 2nd March is a race around the Island of St. Maarten clockwise from Simpson Bay, passing Tintamarre in the north and finishing back in Philipsburg.

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4thwill see the racing fleet enjoying some windward leeward racing in the Anguila Channel followed by a coastal race back to a grand finish in Simpson Bay.

Charter Options

PHAN – formally known as Stray Dog, design by Botin & Carkeek in 2007, built by King Marine is a 2nd generation GP42.The GP42 was designed to be a fast, offshore capable, truly competitive performance racing yacht. The GP42 class dominated the Med Circuit during 2007 and 2008, and has a proven track record. With several competitive results in the Solent based FAST40+ Circuit.

Snatch is a stunning German Friers Swan 48, with a fantastic track record, winning the Swan Europeans Championships in 2015.  Her sail Wardrobe boasts a full suite of North Carbon Sails – fully battened main, furling genoa and cruising shute.

A superb racing yacht to take you comfortably around the St. Maarten Regatta.

Aragon was designed first and foremost to be an outstanding performance racing yacht. This was proven with her outstanding
result in 2016 RORC TransAtlantic, where she took 1st overall in IRC.

Constructed from Carbon Fibre and Nomex, using the most advanced concepts of pre-preg carbon fibre materials, resulting in a hull, deck and structure that meets the high standard that all racing yachts from the Reichel Pugh stable are renowned for.

Aragon is a superb racing yacht who will thrive within the format of this great regatta, and deliver some exciting racing for her team.

Bob is a Farr 52 and is fully race ready, stripped out with little in the way of creature comforts. Bob has had a major refit to improve her competitiveness on the water including a substantial bowsprit, split backstays and a fathead mainsail.

Bob is ready to take on the world. She is very competitive in class. Her skipper is an outstanding racing skipper with a solid track record of building winning teams from groups of individuals, getting everyone involved with the mechanics and joy of racing a yacht like Bob, and confidently racing her around the course.

Individual berths £1,600 per person

If you have any questions regarding the St. Maarten Regatta or any other of the regattas that are happening in the Caribbean we are here to help and guide you. We have fantastic relationships with the Caribbean Sailing Association, Regatta Organisers and providers of accommodation across the region and are able to offer you informed advice should you have any questions.

PYC are here to ensure your time with us is seamless from the day you book to the day you return home.