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Sunsail bareboat racing to windward in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Photo: Laurens Morel
Sunsail bareboat racing to windward in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Photo: Laurens Morel

Sunsail confirms support of St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
Sunsail has once again established their partnership for the 36th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.

“For Sunsail, participation in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is a perfect fit. We have a full fleet of boats every year, which is always one of the most competitive we have in our regatta calendar. The number of crews who return annually from all over the world to sail in the bareboat class is impressive and speaks to the quality of the regatta. We wouldn’t want to miss this.” said Brittany Weatherby Riley, marketing manager for Sunsail North & South America.

A spokesperson for the regatta noted that while a large number of Sunsail bareboats take part in the racing, the company also provides committee boats for the event. Their catamarans are perfect for use as start boats, and because they come fully equipped they are extremely comfortable for the volunteers to be on all day.

“The regatta has such a large charter boat fleet therefore this partnership allows the event to have a clear line of communication with one of the largest charter boat companies to enter the race,” the regatta said.

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta March 3-6 2016. 


Caribbean Sailing Association News
This year’s Caribbean Sailing Association Annual Conference saw outgoing President Peter Holmberg pass the leadership of the organization to Kathy Lammers, Chairman of Antigua Sailing Week’s Regatta Organizing Committee.

Holmberg remains on the board along with Chris Haycraft and Pam Fuller of the British Virgin Islands, Jaime Torres of Puerto Rico, Alison Sly-Adams of Antigua and Jeffrey Chen of Trinidad who continues as Chief Measurer. New to the board are Judy Petz of the British Virgin Islands and Mike Green of St. Lucia.

“I am honored to be voted in as CSA President and recognize the enormous contribution Peter has made to the association in his role as President over the past three years,” Lammers said. “Our job as a board and an association is to build on the structure we now have in place and continue to look at opportunities to market our region to the world while building support for our youth programs to ensure we have a strong base of young sailors entering the sport throughout the region. In addition, a refocus of the measurers’ group will see our rating rules continue to develop in order to keep up with state-of-the-art developments in the sailing industry.”



Discover Stories of Sint Eustatius Wildlife in Free ‘Wild Statia’ eBook
Anyone with an interest in Statia and its wildlife is in for a real treat – a free eBook ‘Wild Statia’ released by naturalists Hannah Madden and Mark Yokoyama.

The 55-page book is illustrated with captivating photos taken by the authors.

The book’s fifteen chapters each take a closer look at a unique aspect of Statia’s wildlife, from majestic tropic birds to extraordinary nocturnal insects, and all the lizards in between. Readers will also discover more about the habitats that support wildlife and the work being done to understand and protect natural heritage. The format of the book emphasizes the fascinating stories that are often left unexplored by scientific publications.

Madden and Yokoyama are doing research for their upcoming guide to the wildlife of Statia, which will be the first book of its type for the island. This project is managed by the non-profit association Les Fruits de Mer, with support from the St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation and funding from NuStar Terminals, N.V.

To download the free eBook, visit: or


Budget Marine have added more floor space to their Grenada store
Budget Marine have added more floor space to their Grenada store

Budget Marine expand their Grenada store
The Budget Marine Grenada has added 1200 square feet to its current retail space, as well as roughly 400 square feet of additional warehousing.

Nicholas George, manager of Budget Marine Grenada reports: “We are seeing a few marine related developments here on island and with our current expansion we can match the increased demands. We have been eager to make the new section look very attractive and are ready for the season.”

The new area will house all boat building materials, being a core part of the Budget Marine Grenada store in its location at Spice Island Marina Boatyard, leaving extra room in the current retail space to expand their ranges and introduce new products.


Yanmar introduce extended warranty for Sailboat engines
Yanmar Marine International B.V. has introduced an extended 3 years warranty for Sailboat Engine Models. This extended warranty is offered to owners of the following Yanmar marine engine models used for private and personal pleasure use only: Yanmar 1GM10, 2YM15, 3YM20, 3YM30AE, 3JH5E, 4JH5E, 4JH4-TE, 4JH4-HTE, 4JH3-DTE  (For the first retail purchaser on or after July 1 2015.)

Yanmar 4JH45, 4JH57, 4JH80 and 4JH110 (For the first retail purchaser of all engine serial numbers regardless the production date.)

For more information, contact your local Yanmar Marine distributor/dealer, or visit:


Future marine professionals taking part in the Kidz at Sea sailing program
Future marine professionals taking part in the Kidz at Sea sailing program

Sint Maarten Kidz at Sea Program
Students from form three of St. Maarten’s Milton Peters College recently attended a sailing orientation with the Kidz at Sea program. If the students find they enjoy the orientation they can then enroll in the full Kidz at Sea sailing program, after which they will receive a certificate of competence. The goal of the program is to teach the students specific skills that make them easier to hire in the marine industry; this includes sailing skills, discipline, teamwork and leadership.

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