St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2018

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Before you get to read about the St Maartin Heineken Regatta 2018, we would like to tell you a bit about where half of your money will be going if you join us.

One of our four chosen Charity Partners is Southampton Children's Hospital Charity. They fund projects and treatment that do not come under NHS funding, in particualr they are currently raising money for a new Children's Emergency and Trauma Department. 


The current Children’s Emergency and Trauma Department is located in the middle of a busy and often frightening adult emergency department: the space is extremely limited and inadequate to service the high level of paediatric admissions for both emergency and trauma, having seen approximately 25,000 children in 2014/2015. Treatment times are consequently impacted with care and support not always specialised for children.

The busy state of the co-located departments does little to help the parent and child’s anxiety levels which are likely to be substantial as they await treatment.

Recent years have also seen a significant rise in patients in a mental health crisis admitted to the emergency department with an average 450 attendances per month in 2014/2015: this has meant that children in crisis are subject to potentially distressing sights and sounds at a time that is already upsetting enough.

The department is located four floors below the children’s short stay unit with a distance of 116 metres excluding the lift journey: this causes issues as children requiring even just a short period of observation must be admitted to hospital. Families often and themselves repeating the same lengthy information when being moved from acute assessment to short stay, as well as facing the same procedures in both departments. In addition, short stay has not been refurbished since the 1980s: this results in disjointed treatment in an unsuitable environment which can be confusing, nerve- racking and time consuming.


A smooth system of care is vital to keep children at ease and ensure that time is never wasted and always used effectively: this will not only cut waiting times but also costs.

The demands on the department are only growing: every year they see a 2 – 5% increase in paediatric activity. Due to the hospital’s location, emergency and trauma instances remain high year round.

The close proximity to the sea and also highly busy traffic routes means that outdoor accidents frequently occur throughout all seasons, with patients brought by road and air to the trauma department in need of immediate treatment. These cases range from minor to severe, with children treated for partial amputations, brain haemorrhages, and critical stab wounds. As these incidents continue to grow, the pressure on our current facilities and resources increases meaning that child patients cannot receive care as quick as we would like.

Up until now these have been pressures that we have been able to absorb: however, this is no longer sustainable. With the current emergency department landlocked, the only way to continue delivering the outstanding care that our young patients require is to create an entirely dedicated and separate department to facilitate these needs. 


We recognise that anyone who has a child is likely at some point to go through the hugely emotional time of having to take their child to hospital. When you do you will want your child to receive the best treatment possible. For this reason we want to help raise funds for the appeal. We have set our initial target at £10,000. To achieve this we will donate 50% of all fees received for our Heineken St. Maartin Regatta product to the appeal. That's right, of your £1,399 fees we will pass 50% of that straight onto the appeal. 

The deal is simple, you get to race in the Caribbean's biggest regatta and £700 of your fees goes to this very worthy cause.

If you cant race with us then you can still help. There is a Just giving page which will take online donations of any value. The charity may also be able to benefit from gift aid. Every £5 you can donate helps. 


The answer to this is quite simple, we are obliged to charge you VAT on any racing you do with us in the UK, but we are not obliged to do so for events in the Caribbean. We wanted 50 pence of every pound spent on this race event to help build the new Children's Emergency and Trauma Unit and not to go to HMRC. The Heineken Regatta in St. Maarten is the biggest of the Caribbean regattas  and is therefore likely to sell out, so was the obvious choice.


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 two days of pre event race training and the Commodores Cup (a stand alone 1-day event). 

This week includes race training and four days of exciting round the cans racing. The event is suited to all levels. You can buy an individual berth on board or if you have your own team you can charter a whole boat from us.

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Course Programme:

If your short of time and just want to train, race and party then St. Maarten is the event for you;

  • 26 Feb 2018 (evening) - Crew meet in St. Maarten
  • 27 Feb-28 March 2018 - Race Training in St. Maarten
  • 1 March 2018 - Racing (Gill Commodore's Cup)
  • 1 March 2018 - Evening Prize Giving
  • 2-4 March 2018 - Racing (Heineken Cup)
  • 4 March 2018 - Prize Giving

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

What's Included:


  • 2 days of pre-event race training in St Maarten
  • 1 day Commodores Cup Race
  • 3 days of Heinaken Cup
  • Plenty Caribbean partying
  • Race ready yacht with clean hull
  • Experienced racing skipper or Owner's representative
  • General boat expenses (diesel and gas etc.)
  • Accommodation on board, if required (although we reccomend you stay ashore)
  • Loan of a life jacket each
  • Crew shirt each to wear for the event and take home as a momento 


  • Everything in the whole boat charter package above plus;
  • Experienced first mate onboard
  • Berthing in St Maartin
  • Race entry fees & entry to prize giving etc.
  • Soft drinks & lunches onboard on all sailing days
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What's Not Included:

  • Accommodation ashore
  • Flight, Transfers, Visas, Travel Insurance
  • Breakfast and Dinners (self cater or eat ashore)
  • Whole boat charters do not include
    • First Mate
    • Berthing 
    • Race Entry Fees
    • Soft Drinks and Lunches


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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