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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta , Largest Regatta in the Caribbean

Once again, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is the largest regatta in the region, having welcomed 115 boats from over 20 different countries for the 44th edition February 29 – March 3, 2024. The event has a “Serious Fun!” legacy that has sustained generations, and will continue its success thanks to veteran and new leadership within the event organizing team.

Drawing participants from across the globe, the 2024 edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta showcased the unique blend of competitive racing and Caribbean charm that has made it an annual favorite among sailors, tourists, and locals alike. With over 1,000 sailors plus thousands more who come to the nightly parties, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is one of the biggest cultural events in the Caribbean, running for over four decades the first week of March.

One of the other key features of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is the island’s dynamic sailing conditions and courses, which draw in both sailors and spectators. At this year’s event, racers saw some of the best winds of all Regatta events this year – a picture perfect 12-19 knots seen throughout the 4-day racing event. Add to that the stunning backdrop of St. Maarten’s rugged coastline, picturesque beaches, and vibrant cultural scene, and it’s easy to see why the regatta consistently draws such a large and enthusiastic crowd every year since 1980.

Beyond the thrilling on-water action, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is renowned for its lively shoreside festivities. From beachside viewing parties and live music performances to delicious Caribbean cuisine and ice-cold Heineken beer, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate both on and off the water. The Regatta’s legendary parties have become as much a part of the experience as the racing itself, creating memories that last a lifetime for participants and spectators. This year, international reggae artist Taurus Riley performed his hit song “She’s Royal” at Sunday’s grand finale – and certainly he was referring to the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta as the reigning Queen of the Caribbean Regattas!

As the sun set on another unforgettable edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, organizers and participants were already looking forward to next year’s event: the 45th edition! With its winning combination of world-class racing, stunning scenery, and unbeatable atmosphere, the Regatta has firmly established itself as a bucket-list event for sailors and spectators alike. Mark your calendars for the 45th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta: March 6-9, 2025 – Registration is now open! ??

For more information about the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, visit www.heinekenregatta.com.

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