PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (Jan. 21, 2010) - St. Maarten (www.VacationStMaarten.com) will welcome avid yachters March 5 - 7, 2010 for three days of competitive racing during the 30th annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta (http://www.heinekenregatta.com). In addition, pre-event races include the Budget Marine Match Racing Cup on March 2, 2010, and the Gil Commodores Cup scheduled for March 4, 2010.
The St. Maarten Yacht Club will be the main headquarters for the event and will welcome all sailors to the island with a special party at the "Sailors Lounge" on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.
Participants will raise their sails for the first event on March 5, 2010, leaving out of Simpson Bay and racing around most of the islands' waters to reach Great Bay. On day two, sailors will depart from Simpson Bay and travel the turquoise blue waters to Marigot, capital of the French side of the island. The final day of competition will take yachters from Marigot to Simpson Bay. The prize giving ceremony and farewell party will take place in Simpson Bay at the Kim Sha Beach.
Race courses will be around the island, which may include windward-leeward races and point-to-point races. Length and design of the course will vary based on the classes of the participating yachts.
To register for the event, or for more information about the 30th annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, visit http://www.heinekenregatta.com.
St. Maarten is truly a unique island in several ways. It is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair. St. Maarten is also the culinary capital of the Caribbean with an eclectic array of elegantly-perfected culinary fusion that keeps "food lovers" returning each year. And with more than 300 restaurants, the island has something for everyone.
Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions including the vastly abundant treasure of rare animal and plant species at the St. Maarten Zoological and Botanical Garden. The historically-pivotal Fort Amsterdam, the St. Maarten Museum and the picturesque and symbolic Mount Concordia, where a treaty and harmonious peace was forged between the island's two cultures more then 350 years ago, provide other unique attractions.
The Dutch capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping and a bustling city atmosphere in the heart of the Caribbean, while nightlife activities provide endless entertainment at the island's 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs. For water enthusiasts scuba diving and snorkeling facilities are located throughout the island, which boasts a wide array of marine biodiversity and unique underwater dive sites such as the H.M.S. Proselyte, a notable British frigate which sank in St. Maarten's waters in 1801.
Accommodations are varied with many designed to exceed the expectations of even the most discerning traveler and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts. Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten from a number of U.S. and Canadian cities as well as Europe, South America and the Caribbean.
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