33rd Annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta welcomes impressive 202 Yachts

Three Days of Competition, Concerts, Events Provided 'Serious Fun'

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (March 7, 2013) - Sailors and boating enthusiasts from around the world gathered in St. Maarten by the thousands to participate in celebrations and races during the 33rd Annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, which took place Feb. 28 - March 3, 2013. A remarkable 202 registered yachts in 19 classes took part in the event, including one of the largest gatherings of catamarans and trimarans ever assembled for a Caribbean regatta.

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is an annual competition that has become a one-of-a-kind sailing event highlighted by exciting entertainment, musical performances and parties. The actual competition consists of round-the-buoys contests and point-to-point destination races against the backdrop of St. Maarten's breathtaking coastal views.

The three-day event kicked-off the racing season with two pre-events, the Budget Marine Match Racing Cup, a one-day match racing event on Feb. 26 which brought the world's best match racers to the island for a day of intense sailing, and the Gill Commodore's Cup on Feb. 28, a one-day race for spinnaker classes only.

Each night during the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta top performers from the region entertained the crowds with Caribbean rhythms and soulful sounds. Performers included Orange Grove, Patrick Graham and Destra, with the legendary Motown/Funk and Soul band, The Commodores, headlining the event.

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

For over three decades, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has showcased the top boats and sailing- and has become equally famous for its world-class slate of parties and musical entertainment- in the Caribbean. Recognized by sailors around the planet as one of the sailing world's best regattas, each year the event lives up to its worthy motto "Serious Fun."

For more information about the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, including results, photos, videos, party and band information, visit www.heinekenregatta.com or contact regatta@heinekenregatta.com.

For more information on St. Maarten visit the official site of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau at www.VacationStMaarten.com.

St. Maarten

St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, Kingdom of the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair. As "the culinary capital of the Caribbean," St. Maarten offers an eclectic array of cuisine fusion for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants, one for each day of the year to satisfy the tastes of every palate and pocketbook.

Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island's 37 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions. During the day, watersport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island's scuba diving and snorkeling facilities. The capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with a bustling city atmosphere, while 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs provide endless entertainment.

Accommodations are varied and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts. Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport from numerous U.S. and Canadian cities as well as from Europe, South America and the Caribbean.

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