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Match Racing Returns to Simpson Bay Lagoon Before Heineken Regatta

The second annual Budget Marine Match Racing Cup will take place two days before the start of the 30th edition of the Sint Maarten Heineken Regatta set for March 4 to 7, 2010. This event will give top racers a chance to collect some of the US $10,000 in prize money just before they sail in what has become the Caribbean’s leading fleet regatta. Last year’s inaugural event saw Peter Holmberg of the U.S. Virgin Islands give a demonstration of truly professional match racing in heavy breeze during the one-day event.

Organizers are targeting an eight-team invite roster for the event and are looking for a wide geographical spread of sailors. The teams need to consist of three persons per team including the helmsman. A strong umpiring staff will ensure that the event is run at a high standard. The event will take place in the Simpson Bay lagoon.

The event precedes the Sint Maarten Heineken Regatta which has for many years had the largest entry of Caribbean Regattas. The main event is preceded by a warm up regatta for Spinnaker boats called the Commodores Cup. The timetable is arranged so that participants in the match racing have ample time to train on the fleet racing boats that they may wish to sail on in the main event.

Anyone who is an accomplished match racer, male or female, and who would like to enjoy match and fleet racing, win a pile of dollars and enjoy some of the finest regatta parties in the Caribbean, should mail the regatta office at regatta2@heinekenregatta.com and submit their sailing CV for consideration. The cost of participation is low but in order to avoid no-shows, a deposit of US $500 is required to confirm the slot.

Indications are that the Caribbean Regatta season will once again see a good representation of larger visiting boats and opportunities for good sailors to enjoy the outstanding sailing of the region in 2010.

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