Pillar of island strength prepares to welcome international fleet

by Kirsten Ferguson 9 Feb 06:36 PST

1-4 March 2018

On-the-water action at the 2017 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta © Laurens Morel /

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The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has been a Caribbean favorite for almost four decades, and this years 38th edition, scheduled for March 1-4, will prove no exception to the rule. Already, 75 boats representing 22 countries have registered to race in the island of St. Maartens first major event since Hurricane Irma passed through in September. With three weeks to go, organizers have ensured that the parties and entertainment will continue to be legendary as they complement four days of serious on-the-water competition.

"We have been saying that the best way to support our island is to come to it, and by the looks of the entry list, which is growing daily, that is exactly what the sailors are doing," said Regatta Race Director Paul Miller, adding that the 38th edition will aim to raise funds for dedicated marine, humanitarian and environmental efforts through the K1 Britannia Foundation, the St. Maarten Nature Foundation, the St. Maarten Sea Rescue Foundation and the St. Maarten Yacht Club Regatta Foundation. "We hope to act as an example of strength and solidary, and help raise awareness as we continue the rebuilding of the island."

Headlining the regatta's concert series this year will be Grammy Award-winning musician Shaggy, who has offered to perform for a highly reduced fee to support the fundr....

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