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St.Maarten Heineken Regatt

March 2021

Race website:


– Up to 10 members per boat

XYC boats that will participate:

Xp44 Upwind, Xp44 Downwind

St.Maarten Heineken Regatt

The 41st St. Maarten Heineken Regatta takes place: March 4th – March 7th, 2021!

In 1980, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta started as the St. Maarten Regatta with a modest 12 sail boats participating. Three years later, in 1983, Heineken became a major sponsor of the St. Maarten Regatta and ‘Heineken’ was added to the name of the event. Heineken participated with a fee of 3,750 guilders (approximately $ 2,100). As a bonus, the competitors received ice cold Heineken beers from a passing powerboat while they were racing.

After the involvement of Heineken, the event grew fast. With the addition of a third day in 1990, the event grew to 187 boats in 1995 and 251 boats in 1999. Another racing day, the Commodore’s Cup, was added in 2005. The record amount of boats participating in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta was in 2008 with 284 boats.


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In 2009, The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta became the first “clean regatta” in the Caribbean with Sailors for the Sea. Sailors for the Sea is a leading conservation organization that engages, educates, inspires and activates the sailing and boating community toward healing the ocean. They are a movement and pragmatic voice for action that offers boaters tangible opportunities to create a legacy and make a difference.

Keeping both local and non-local’s aware of the environment of St. Maarten and the Caribbean is a strong point on the Regatta’s agenda. At this moment the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has been awarded with a Silver Certificate and is very eager to maintain this level and try to improve on various points. Together we can help and keep the ocean clean. Described below is what the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta will actually do in order to make everyone involved in this major event aware.

Biodegradable Products: The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Office orders several biodegradable products, such as cups, coffee cups, household towels, toilet tissues and garbage bags to be used during the Regatta.

Banning of Styrofoam and Straws: Since the 2017 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, the organization bans Styrofoam on the event site. Styrofoam was used by many food vendors as plates or box. Before, the organization had already banned straws at the event. Straws are dangerous when ending up on the beach or in the ocean, where they can injure and kill wildlife, including endangered sea turtles.


Race program

2 - 3 MARCH

4 - 7 MARCH



2021| Racing

2021 | Prize giving

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