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31st Annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Was Smooth Sailing With Concerts, Competitions & Island Fun

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (March 18, 2011) - Sailors from around the globe navigated through St. Maarten during the 31st Annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta which took place March 3 - 6, 2011. Sailing enthusiasts and fans came together to enjoy festivities that included daily boating competitions and sensational concerts. An international phenomenon, the Heineken Regatta is a unique, world-class sailing festival that boasts musical performances including this year's headliner Wyclef Jean, formerly of the Fugees, and celebrations that have attracted thousands of sailors and fans.

This year's race, which was a mix of round-the-buoys and point-to-point destination contests, tested each crew's ability with tough weather conditions of uncooperative winds and daily rain. Steering through it all were the winners that included Mark Plaxton's Team INTAC who won the top prize of the St. Maarten Cup for the Regatta's Most Worthy Performance Overall as well as the Caribserve-NTG Cup for Most Worthy Performance during Friday's race. The Heineken Cup for Most Worthy Performance on Saturday was presented to Marieke Poulie's Sun Odyssey, Something Hot, in the Bareboat 3 class and the Panama Jack Cup for Fastest Multihull Around the Island went to the Seacart 30, Blanca.

When the sun went down, the parties heated up. Regatta festivities were kicked-off with performances from Juni Nuliet, DJ Nachum and N'X' Level Band. Each night, the island hosted different musical performances and events with top names including Wyclef Jean, the ex-Fugees front man, who headlined the events on Sunday night and performed for guests with a four-hour show. Orange Grove, DJ Outkast, Percy Rankin & His Bonfire also wowed the crowds with memorable performances. Cafes and pubs throughout the island hosted sizzling beach parties and relaxing dinners - offering something for everyone.

The 32nd Annual Heineken Regatta will take place March 1 - 4, 2012.

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