The sailing event will take place on June 10-12, 2016 at its new home, Puerto del Rey Marina in Fajardo, and will feature nearly 60 vessels and 300 crew members and sailing fans.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 12, 2016 –
Hoist the sails towards Puerto del Rey Marina in Fajardo, this year’s host port for the eleventh edition of the Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta (PRHIR). The PRHIR will be held on June 10-12, in the biggest marina in the Caribbean. The renowned Regatta, organized by the premium Dutch beer, Heineken, will gather the best local and international sailors as well as sport’s fans that compete every year. The public will enjoy an unforgettable weekend, filled with action in the water, entertainment and activities suitable for all ages. As in previous years, all the proceeds from the inscriptions of the PRHIR will be destined to the Sailing Federation of Puerto Rico as part of a genuine commitment to continue supporting and promoting the sailing sport in the Island.
This year, the PRHIR selected Puerto del Rey Marina as its host port to celebrate their traditional Regatta. The marine offers modern, attractive and ample facilities that make this space the perfect spot to hold an event like the Heineken Regatta. Throughout the year, Puerto del Rey Marina has served as host of important regattas and other water sports tournaments, like the international sailing event Gran Prix del Atlántico. The Marina’s administration welcomes this year’s edition of the Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta. Puerto Del Rey’s executive director, Carolina Corral, said: “The sailing sport is one of great value for all of Puerto Del Rey’s family since it implies passion, dedication, and a legacy of centuries between the nautical culture.”
The Regatta continues its boom
During the past eleven years, the best competitors from the Caribbean and all around the world have come to participate in the PRHIR, making it one of the most competitive and most prestigious regattas in the Caribbean. The events are designed for all types of boats, ranging from dinghys to bigger vessels like the keelboats. Adding to this first-class competition is an energizing environment with musical entertainment and daily activities that extend until the night, as well as a wide gastronomic offer during the weekend. The activities will end Sunday, June 12, with the award ceremony. The main participating categories for big sailboats are CSA Racing, PHRF Jib & Main, J-24, IC-24, Melges 32, Raya, Mariner 19, and Hunter 21.
Light sailing boats are also welcome to participate in the categories: Hobie Cats (A/B Class), Optimist (Red/Green/Blue), Sunfish, Laser (Radial/Standard/4.7), Native boats, and Barges, in what is known as the Puerto Rico International Dinghy Regatta. These will be held at dock #85 in the Marina.
In addition to the prestige the competition offers, the winners of the PRHIR will compete for $12,000, to be distributed between all categories.
“Heineken stands out for doing legendary and memorable events that impact positively the sport and Puerto Rico’s economy. With much enthusiasm we are celebrating eleven years of organizing and celebrating a world class event that continues supporting the sailing sport. We invite everyone to join us in the new home of the Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta in Puerto del Rey”, expressed Jolliam Berrios, Senior Brand Manager for Mendez & Co. and prominent sailor.
Those interested in competing may register online in www.yachtscoring.com. For more information, visit the event’s official page, www.heinekenregattapr.com, and in www.dinghyregattapr.com, where you’ll find information regarding stay, schedule, sponsors, and important documents.
About Puerto del Rey Marina: Puerto del Rey Marina is the largest marina in the Caribbean. Their first class facilities have seen significant investment over the last 3 years. The Marina sits on over 50 acres of land on Puerto Rico’s east coast and is home to over 1,000 wet slips protected by a massive breakwater, 400+ dry stack spaces with an on-demand launch service, and a large Boat Yard. The Boat Yard is the only one on the island with 4 lifts, the most powerful of which is capable of hauling out vessels up to 165 tons; they also have bull forklifts that can haul vessels up to 42’ and 32,000 lbs. You can rest assured that your vessel, regardless of size or service needed, can be taken in by Puerto del Rey.