Friday, March 14, 2014

34th Heineken Regatta St Martin - Sint Maarten

Sunday, March 9th
Heineken Regatta 2014
210 yachts of various styles and sizes have been competing in the Heineken Regatta here on St Martin. Saturday we got a front row seat as the course was from Simpson Bay (on the Dutch side) to Marigot Bay (French side) where we are anchored.  FM Radio rock station 91.9 here on the island did on the water live reports.  As they got close, Tom and I decided to jump in the dinghy and head out close to the finish line to see the action.  As we got closer, we realized s/v Brisa a Caliber 33 with crew Chuck and Debbie were anchored close by the finish line.  We asked to raft up with them.  Instead they insisted we come aboard to watch the various classes finish.  It was fun.  Thanks Brisa.
Chuck and Debbie
Then approximately 190 of the 210 stuffed into the Marigot Bay anchorage all around us.  In some cases the anchoring was very tight quarters.  Luckily we have an awesome anchor spot behind the only moored yacht in the anchorage.  No one wants to try to anchor next to a moored boat as they don't swing the same as an anchored boat.  Thus, no one tried to squeeze in near us.  Yay!
Super fast boat

Then the party started.  Dinghy water taxis buzzed all about picking boat crews and shuttling them ashore of the big shore party.
There were a ton of Russians here for racing
Stephen invited us over to sv Amaris.  He and his guest had raced on the sailing cat sv Teora.  Our friend Paul from sv Sonic Boom was there as well.  Our intent was to hang on sv Amaris for a bit and then go ashore for the big party/music.  However, we ended up staying onboard and chatting the night away.  Besides, we could hear the music just fine from the boat.  
There were some great boat names in the race
We got back to sv Honey Ryder around midnight and continued to listen to the live music until we went to bed around 1am.  St Martiners like their music!  It stopped sometime after 2am.
Pics below are for a specific friend of ours - taken from our dinghy

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