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32nd Annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Featured on ESPN Caribbean

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (May 30, 2012) - ESPN Caribbean recently aired a 25 minute feature on the 32ND Annual Heineken Regatta which took place in St. Maarten March 1 - 4, 2012. The feature showcased the highlights and history of the competition, as well as the beauty and culture of the island.

The ESPN Caribbean special gave viewers a first-hand account of the competition on board one of the event's main contenders, as well as a behind the scenes view of boats from the past that have been restored to their original beauty. The special showcased each of the three days' events, featuring interviews with many of the event's competitors and displayed the standings of each race. The robust parties held before and after the Regatta, as well as the local St. Maarten cuisine and culture were also highlighted.

The annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has become a world-wide, one-of-a-kind sailing event with exciting entertainment, musical performances and parties that has attracted tens of thousands of sailors and enthusiasts over the years. This International event plays host to more than 32 countries and over 180 entries, making it the largest regatta in the region. 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 33RD Annual Heineken Regatta will be held February 28 - March 3, 2013.

To view the ESPN Caribbean feature on the 32ND Annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, visit http://search.espn.go.com/heineken-regatta/.

For more information about the regatta visit www.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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