SIMPSON BAY - The Beach Cat class, which has been reintroduced to the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta in 2016, is open for entries again for the 2018 event. In order to help accommodate the special requirements of Beach Cat participants, the organizers have put together a variety of packages to help competitors with their Regatta preparations.
Hotel accommodation, boat storage and security are amongst the services offered, with competitors able to choose between a basic and more advanced package.
Regatta Director Michelle van der Werff says: “Beach Cat racers arrange things differently when it comes to racing in regattas. Once racing is completed they don’t leave their boats out at anchor or tied to a mooring ball.
They bring the boats up onto the beach which can be an issue when it comes to securing the boats overnight. We’ve acknowledged this issue and together with Karakter Beach Bar in Simpson Bay we are able to set up packages for the Beach Cat racers, which include overnight security.”
Beach Cat racing at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has been carefully scheduled to provide an appealing mixture of short tactical races combined with longer races where speed and consistency are the main factors.
Thursday and Saturday morning racing will be on an innovative course design based on the America’s Cup with three or four races planned before lunch break and a longer point-to-point race in the afternoons. On the Friday the Beach Cats will join the rest of the fleets sailing around the island, while on Sunday there will be one longer race across the Anguilla Channel and back on a screaming reach.
The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta offers two packages for a Beach Cat team consisting of two sailors. Package one is US$ 400 in total and includes entry fee, boat storage, overnight security, a dedicated race committee and safety boats. Package two, which is US$ 900, includes all items of Package 1 plus accommodation for two persons for five nights (Wednesday February 28 – Monday March 5).
The boats are stored on walking distance from the accommodation and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, an organized lunch will be provided by Karakter Beach Bar at a special rate for competitors.
The Regatta Office is fully available to assist with all other arrangements, including transportation deals to get the boats to St. Maarten. Competitors interested in participating with their Beach Cat are urged to contact the Regatta Office directly in order to book the package that suits their needs best. More information about the packages being available or the race itself can be found on the Regatta website: heinekenregatta.com