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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2024

Mar 7, 2024 | 0 comments

Simpson Bay, St. Maarten – February 28th

At this year’s kick-off to the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2024, over 110 boats registered to take part in this event that is known far beyond the Caribbean. From two committee boats, each overseeing 5-7 classes, a total of 23 energetic races were started at this prestigious event.

We weren’t just there to report on it for you, we even gave the starting signal for a race from the starter boat B and joined the racing team on board VO65 “Sisi”. This is as close as it gets!

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is irrevocably one of the world’s most famous sailing events in the Caribbean and if you think that it is therefore only of interest to professional sailors, you are very much mistaken. Because this regatta is a festival full of experiences and offers you music and party events, great shows and exciting live acts late into the night! But before we tell you all about it, let’s take a quick look at the regatta itself to refresh your memory. 

From Humble Beginnings to a Sailing Powerhouse: The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta’s Journey

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta’s story began in 1980, a modest affair with just 12 sailboats taking part under the name “St. Maarten Regatta.” A pivotal moment arrived in 1983 when Heineken became the main sponsor, injecting its name and a significant investment to propel the event forward. To add to the excitement, competitors were even treated to refreshing Heineken beers delivered by a passing motorboat during races.

This sponsorship proved to be a turning point, fueling impressive growth. By 1990, the event had expanded to a three-day format. The number of participating boats skyrocketed, reaching 187 in 1995 and an astounding 251 in 1999. 2008 saw the peak with a record-breaking 284 boats, solidifying the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta’s position as a leading sailing event.

It is a thrill and after the race party begins in the Regatta Village.

For details about this year’s St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, including results, rankings, and event highlights, visit their dedicated website. It’s a must-see, not just this year, but for years to come!

Mark your calendars: the next St. Maarten Heineken Regatta sets sail on March 6th – 9th, 2025.

What makes this event so special?

Here is some wind for your sails …

One thing is clear, nobody should miss this event. Especially not if you are here at the time. We even recommend that you plan your vacation in St. Maarten / Saint Martin so that you can experience all days of the regatta! If you want to know why, keep reading …

Get up close and personal – Aqua Mania Adventures

With a Spectator boat trip offer for example from Aqua Mania Adventures, you can get up close and personal with the participants of the regatta! The “Lambada” and “Tango” sailing catamarans accompany the races for three days and start at the Simpson Bay Resort Marina. Aboard these large and spacious catamarans, you can experience the action and excitement up close as all types of boats and classes race around St. Maarten.

The only thing you’ll need other than an early reservation for this incredible adventure on the water is sunscreen, a hat or other protection from the sun, a good mood and a desire for action. Anyone can take part. From sailing enthusiasts to landlubbers, everyone is welcome to take a seat on one of the accompanying spectator boats. A really fun and exciting event, with drinks served on board while you watch the battle for victory up close.

More information on bookings and reservations, also for the upcoming regatta, can be found here:

By the way, Aqua Mania Adventures has much more to offer. Their portfolio provides fascinating leisure activities on the island all year round. Whether diving or snorkeling trips, sailing tours and special events. You should definitely visit their website.

The Regatta Village

From thrills on the water to party adventures

Year after year, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has become a Caribbean staple, drawing thousands of sailors and partygoers for an unparalleled experience. Renowned for its legendary after-parties, the event also boasts world-class sailing competition, featuring an exceptional lineup of the island’s top artists and musicians.

When you’re not cheering on the racers, head to the Regatta Village at Port de Plaisance. There, you can immerse yourself in the vibrant Caribbean atmosphere with live music from local favorites like Kenyo Baly, Tamillia Chance, and Latin Sugar. The party doesn’t stop there – international headliners like Kevin Lyttle, Rupee, DROXYANI, ADAM O with Blind Earz, Dj Puffy, and Tarrus Riley round out an epic lineup, ensuring unforgettable nights after thrilling races!

Green Zone Parties

Parties at top island venues

But there is even more to experience! In addition to the “Regatta Village” at Port de Plaisance, which will be transformed into a music festival during the regatta, there will be Green Zone parties in the best locations on the island. For example in the Soggy Dollar Bar, the Moonbar and in Elev8, which took place up on top Rainforest Adventure. International DJs play here and really heat you up with great beats … For many people, these events make the Heineken Regatta an unforgettable experience and have therefore become indispensable.

Our conclusion

Actually, there is only one conclusion, because the St. Maarten Regatta is so unique, offers new highlights every year and each Green Zone Party surpasses the previous one. It is therefore no coincidence that this regatta is attracting more and more people …

So, pack your sense of adventure, book a trip to St. Maarten, and get ready to experience the magic of this event!

For information and more inspiration visit

Regatta Office: Simpson Bay Bridge, Simpson Bay, St. Maarten (FWI).

Use real advantages with the MOTC Card

Get 10% Exclusive Magic Of The Caribbean Discount by presenting your MOTCCard at some Locations during this event. Mention MOTCC to unlock this special offer when reserving your dream vacation home and present your MOTCCard upon arrival. You do not have your Membership Card yet? Here is how you will get yours: 

Note: Please keep in mind that discount details and participating locations may vary. It is recommended to check with Magic of the Caribbean in advance for the latest information on membership benefits and discounts.   

The easiest way to do this is the MOTCC APP

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