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Heineken Cup in St. Maarten

February 29 - March 7

$1,500 donation / person


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The winning combination of serious sailing and partying

The Heineken cup brings together impressive sailboats led by incredibly fun and exciting people. We race during the mornings and afternoons and come back to port each evening to incredible entertainment sponsored by Heineken.

Organizers place equal emphasis on high-intensity sailing and absurdly fun partying. Every night Heineken sponsors headliner concerts with names like Wyclef Jean, the Black Eyed Peas, Red Foo, and Shaggy. After the concert, the after-parties keep people dancing until the wee hours of the night.

 


World Class Racing

Even with a party atmosphere, the Heineken cup offers World Class Racing, with trade winds coming from the North East, an average temperature of 25°C and crystal clear waters. 

Race courses will take us along coastal routes, as well as around the island, presenting the beautiful beaches, rock formations and scenery of St. Maarten. Typical boats entered in the Heineken Cup include former Volvo Ocean Race and Whitbread Round the World boats.

 


Our BOAT

We will be racing onboard SV 'Defy the Odds,' a sleek and fast 65' racing vessel built perfectly for the conditions we'll see in St. Maarten. As one of the fastest boats in the fleet, we have a good chance at placing within the top 5 at this regatta.

 


Schedule

Day 1 (2/29): Guest arrival, introduction to the boat, team dinner
Morning and afternoon: Explore beaches and local shops
Evening: Dinner onshore, explore Saint Maarten nightlife

Day 2 (3/1): Regatta Registration + Practice
Morning and afternoon: Regatta registration in the morning. Depart harbor before 1200 for first training sail on SV 'Defy the Odds.'
Evening: Dinner on shore + Meet fellow sailors at local bars and pubs 

Day 3 (3/2): Sail to Grande Case
Morning and afternoon: 3-5 hour training sail to Grand Case. Anchor near the beach and swim/snorkel.
Evening: Dine at famous Grande Case restaurants and pub crawl in the nightlife district

Day 4 (3/3): Sail back to Saint Maarten + Welcoming party
Morning and afternoon: Early morning departure from Grande Case back to Saint Maarten. 
Evening: Welcoming party sponsored by Heineken

Day 4 (3/4): Race day 1/3 + Party
Morning and afternoon: Offshore race day 1/3 - Coastal or around the island races around rock formations and beaches. 
Evening: Party sponsored by Heineken Cup regatta organizers

Day 5 (3/5): Race day 2/3 + Party
Morning and afternoon: Offshore race day 2/3 - Coastal or around the island races around rock formations and beaches. 
Evening: Party sponsored by Heineken Cup regatta organizers

Day 6 (3/6): Race Day 3/3 + Night time party
Morning and afternoon: Race day 3/3 - Coastal or around the island races around rock formations and beaches. 
Evening: Prize Giving and Awards Ceremony sponsored by Heineken

Day 7 (3/7): Depart the boat before 1200 hours for flights home from Saint Maarten



Cost: $1,500 donation per person, includes race entry fees, marina costs, food, and beverages while on the boat
Crew spaces remaining: 12/12
Airport: Sint Maarten (SXM)
Marina: Sint Maarten Yacht Club (or nearby anchorage)