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St. Maarten – St. Martin Classic Yacht Regatta

West Indies Events and the St.Maarten-St.Martin Classic Yacht Regatta Foundation announced in November the regatta program for this month’s regatta. The Invitational St.Maarten-St.Martin Classic Yacht Regatta in January 2009 is the first classic regatta of the Caribbean season, with the Grenada Classic Yacht Regatta the second one in February, and Antigua Classics the third in April. West Indies Events is also in the process of establishing a classic regatta in Curacao and in Cuba.

The regatta and all social events will be moved from Simpson Bay (where everything was organized during the previous years) to Great Bay.
Organizers had received questions from owners and captains about bridge and lagoon fees.

By relocating to Great Bay, yachts will not have to enter the lagoon and are not subject to paying the high fees, no extra bridge openings will be needed, and participants can come to the Bobby’s Marina docks or go on anchor right after the races. The existing marina is expanding with a 30 slip mega yacht marina and a 112 condominium and shopping complex. Classic and Vintage Yachts, Schooners, and Spirit of Tradition yachts will be accommodated for free on the Bobby’s Marina docks (subject to availability) and will also again receive complimentary docking on Friday afternoon and overnight at Fort Louis Marina in Marigot.

See www.ClassicRegatta.com for complete details and race course information.

Report and photo submitted by the St. Maarten Classic Yacht Regatta

Regatta Program

Thursday January 22:
Yachts on anchor in Great Bay and at Bobby’s Marina
Yacht registration at regatta headquarters in Bobby’s Marina, Great Bay, Philipsburg from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Skippers briefing at the Green House Bar and Restaurant in Bobby’s Marina at 6.30 p.m. followed by the Official Opening Party at 7.

Friday January 23:
First regatta day. Race start not before 10 a.m. out of Great Bay, Philipsburg Sint Maarten to the bay of Marigot in Saint Martin.
Race finishes in Marigot around midday/1 p.m.
Free docking at Fort Louis Marina (subject to availability) and in the bay on anchor.
Free drinks for all captains and crew upon arrival in marina Fort Louis.

Saturday January 24:
Second regatta and day. Race start not before 10 a.m. out of the Bay in Marigot Saint Martin to Great Bay Philipsburg St.Maarten.
Tall ships will start after the regular regatta and sail also to Great Bay.
Race finishes in Great Bay Philipsburg around mid-day/1 p.m.
Yachts on anchor in Great Bay and at Bobby’s Marina
Tall Ships also on anchor or at the Cruise Ship Pier.
Free beach buffet at Great Bay Beach in front of Passangrahan Hotel for all Captains, Crew, VIP’s and Press.
Local sail boat races departing from the beach at Taloula Mango’s Great Bay at 3 p.m.
Invitation-only VIP Sunset cocktail party on board the Tall Ship Caledonia  in Great Bay at 5 p.m.
Regatta party with live band for the general public at Taloula Mango’s from 7 p.m.
VIP lounge above Taloula Mango’s open for VIP’s, Captains and Crew, Press as from 9 p.m.

Sunday January 25, 2009
Tall Ships open for the general public. Visits from 9 to 11 a.m.
Final regatta day. Race start not before 10 a.m. out of Great Bay, Philipsburg Sint Maarten towards Anguilla and back to Great Bay.
Race finishes in Great Bay Philipsburg around 3 p.m.
Yachts on anchor in Great Bay and at Bobby’s Marina
Official Prize giving at the Green House Bar and Restaurant in Bobby’s Marina at 6.30 p.m. followed by the Award Giving Buffet and Party at 7.
Closing around midnight.

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