St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2018

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Read on to learn about our 2018 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Entry and how you can be part of it.


The 38th St Maarten Heineken Regatta - 2018 - The Biggest Regatta in the Caribbean

The Heineken Regatta attracts international attention as boats of all shapes and sizes come to the tiny island to race and party. Simpson Bay is where most races begin and end. As always, the Regatta Organisation abide by their mantra of "Serious Fun". The Island's culture combines Dutch and French backgrounds with the laid back attitudes of the Caribbean. Not only does the event attract some of the biggest names in yacht racing from around the world but the evening parties have in previous years hosted the Black Eyed Peas, the Marley Brothers, Maxi Priest and Wyclef Jean, to name but a few. Stormforce Coaching will be entering into the 2018 event as part of our Caribbean season. We are confident that with our experienced racing skipper and an enthusiastic team onboard, they will be well placed.

Whether you have racing experience or not, you can be part of that team and work hard and play hard for a week in the tropics. The package includes four days of pre-race sailing/training (from Antigua) and the Commodores Cup (a stand alone 1 day event). There is also the option to join the passage back to Antigua after the regatta, which not only gives you more time sailing, but may also make flight options easier.

This week includes race training and four days of exciting round the cans racing. The event is suited to all levels. This page is for the 'Buy a Berth' package, which is for people looking to buy individual places onboard one of our yachts for this campaign (or 2-3 places). We also offer whole boat charter for teams looking to hire an entire boat plus skipper.

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Course Programme:

2018 dates:

If your short of time and just want to train, race and party you can join us in St. Maarten from the evening of 26 Feb 2018 to morning 5 March 2018. If you have a bit more time to soak up the Caribbean sunshine you can join the optional passages to and from Antigua at no extra cost and effectively extend your sailing holiday by 4 days, while logging two 90-mile passages. 


  • 24 Feb (evening) - Optional Crew meet Antigua
  • 25-26 Feb - Optional Passage from Antigua to St. Maarten*
  • 26 Feb (evening) - All crew meet in St. Maarten
  • 27 Feb-28 March - Race Training in St. Maarten
  • 1 March - Racing (Gill Commodore's Cup)
  • 1 March - Evening Prize Giving
  • 2-4 March - Racing (Heineken Cup)
  • 4 March - Prize Giving
  • 5 March - Optional overnight return passage to Antigua*
  • 6 March - Disembark Antigua (morning, so you can fly the same day)

We have now scheduled the dates for 2019, 2020 and 2021 - call the office team for more information and the dates on 02380231122.

*We may ask for a small contribution towards food on board if you join the optional passages.

What's Included:

  • Accommodation on board (if required)
  • Professional Race skipper / Instructor
  • First Mate
  • 2 training days (including passage from Antigua)
  • 4 days of racing (2 events)
  • Plenty of Caribbean-style partying
  • All race fees and regatta insurance
  • General boat expenses (diesel, gas etc)
  • Berthing / anchorage fees
  • Soft drinks and lunch on board while trainig and racing
  • Crew shirt to wear for the regatta and take home as a momento

What's Not Included:

  • Meals ashore
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas, Entry & Departue Taxes
  • Cash contribution for meals on board for optional 90-mile passages, (budget $15 USD each way)


Preferential rates are available for teams and whole crews.

Dates & Booking

Dates & Prices will load below shortly, and you can book online, call the team in the office on +442380 231122, or e-mail If you cannot see dates you require, please do get in touch as we may still be able to assist. VAT is included in all our course/charter/race fees where it is applicable, most products are charged at the standard rate, however some are at the reduced rate, zero rate or not eligible for VAT at all. Any way the price below is the price you pay.


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