All hands on deck: Race a real America’s Cup Yacht in the 39th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta as part of your ultimate Carribbean holiday
Visitors to St. Maarten can add sailing an America’s Cup yacht to their bucket list and race as part of the famous St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. As well as watching the stunning yachts race, enjoying the legendary parties, relaxing on beaches and zip wiring through rainforest, visitors can buy a place onboard to race in one of the legendary America’s Cup yachts. It’s a breathtaking way to participate in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and experience what competitive sailing in crystal clear waters is like.
The 12 Metre Class race yachts were built between 1907, when the class was defined, and 1987 when the last America’s Cup was sailed on this specification. Approximately 170
12 Metre Class vessels were built, of which around 100 exist in the world today. Four of the beautiful 1987 “great 12’s”, including Stars and Stripes (US-55) – considered among the most famous sailing vessels in the history of the America’s Cup are based in St. Maarten.
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Race Director Paul Miller comments “Racing on the 12 Metres as part of the 39th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is a thrilling chance to join the classic racing experience that these former America’s Cup yachts offer. The Captain and crew are there to support first time sailors and show them the ropes with everyone onboard taking an active part in the racing. With its own course and prizegiving, this year’s guests will be racing alongside the future generation of sailors as local children from St. Maarten have the chance to get onboard too. It’s the perfect way to experience the thrill of racing and appreciate the classic design of these beautiful vessels.”
Often referred to as the crossroads of the Caribbean, St. Maarten is located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, approximately 150 miles southeast of Puerto Rico. The island is a four-hour flight from New York City, two hours forty-five minutes from Miami and has direct airline connections with European major cities.
The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is as famous for its parties as it is for its racing. Over four nights, some of the world’s top artists take to the stage and ensure that each day of racing ends with a bang, and the festivities continue long into the night. So far Alison Hinds, The Jacksons, Shermanology and Fatman Scoop have been confirmed with more party announcements to follow.
To find out how you can race as part of the 12 Metre challenge, or for more information, costs and to book a place, visit www.12metre.com.
Find out more about the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, St. Maarten and island life here:www.heinekenregatta.com.
Tickets for the regatta parties can be purchased from the St. Maarten Yacht Club.
To keep up with the action, follow the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta social channels:
Facebook – www.facebook.com/StMaartenHeinekenRegatta
Twitter – www. twitter.com/sxmheineken
Instagram – www.instagram.com/stmaartenheinekenregatta
YouTube – www.youtube.com/heinekenregatta
About the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
Now in its 39th year, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is four days of world-class racing starting on 28th February until the 3rd March 2019. Set in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean, sailing is powered by the cooling northeast trade winds and run by an experienced and friendly race team.
To find out more about the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, please visitwww.heinekenregatta.com.
About St. Maarten
The 37-square-mile island of St. Maarten was first settled by the Arawaks and was discovered by Christopher Columbus on behalf of Spain in 1493. Columbus sighted the island on November 11th, the holy day of St. Martin of Tours, and so named the island after him. For the next 150 years the island was passed between Holland, England, France and Spain. The old stone forts that guard many of the island’s inlets are proof of the island’s turbulent past. In 1648 St. Maarten was peacefully divided between Holland and France, and today is the smallest landmass in the world to be shared by two sovereign nations.
To find out more and plan your holiday visit www.vacationstmaarten.com.