Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - El Ocaso earns most worthy performance

by St. Maarten Heineken Regatta on 11 Mar 2014
34th Annual St. Maarten Heineken regatta awards ceremony Bob Greiser/Outside Images http://www.outsideimages.co.nz
The last day of the 34th annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta closed in outstanding fashion last evening at the traditional Prize-Giving ceremony on Kim Sha Beach. The evening's top prize-the St. Maarten-Saint Martin Cup-for the regatta's Most Worthy Performance Overall went to Rich Wesslund's J/122, El Ocaso, the winner of the event's biggest division, the 18-boat CSA4 class.

El Ocaso's crew, resplendent in blue Hawaiian shirts, received their prize from St. Maarten's Honourable Prime Minister Ms. Sarah Westcott-Williams, who was gracious in her remarks honoring Wesslund and his team, while also recognizing the hundreds of international sailors who'd descended on the island for the Caribbean's largest regatta. It was the second time Wesslund's Florida-based squad was the Most Worthy of them all.

The wildest applause of the evening, however, was reserved for the youth sailors from the Sint Maarten Yacht Club's Youth Sailing Team, who walked off with a bundle of awards. The team was the winner of the CSA9 class, and also won the Sint Maarten Yacht Club Cup for the Most Worthy Performance on Sunday, and the St. Maarten Local Youth Challenge Cup, which was presented by Lorraine Talmi from the St. Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA). This final trophy was created to award those local youngsters that are involved in sailing, to stimulate more interest in this sport from the local community. The SMMTA is involved in several initiatives, e.g. sponsoring sailing for local children and the Build your Future project, with the goal to get more local youngsters involved in the Marine Industry.

There were scores of other prizes, as well.

The Windward Islands Bank Cup for Fastest Spinnaker Around the Island, on Friday's opening race that circumnavigated St. Maarten, went to the Volvo 70 Monster Project, skippered by U.K. competitor Andrew Budgen. The Fiji Cup for Fastest Bareboat Around the Island was presented to Duncan Roberts, the captain of the Beneteau Oceanis 50F, Team Zissou. The Sol Cup for the Fastest Non-Spinnaker Around the Island went to Canadian sailor David Hatfield and the crew of the Volvo 60, Spirit of Adventure. And the Australian Gold Cup for the Fastest Multihull Around the Island was given to Nils Erickson on the Formula 40 catamaran, Soma.

The Columbus Cup for the Bareboat Overall title, which represents the best performance in all five bareboat charter fleets, went to Rene Van Dop, whose Aquaholics, another Beneteau Oceanis 50F, also won the Bareboat2 class.

Other big winners included Robert Armstrong aboard the J/100, Bad Girl, who won the Xerox Obersi Cup for Spirit and Style. The winner of CSA5, Andrea Scarabelli, who didn't lose a race in the Melges 24 fleet, also took home the Heineken Cup, presented by Heineken's own John Leone, for the Most Worthy Performance on Saturday, day two of the event. Ross Appleby's Oyster Lightwave 48, Sailing Logic, won the Caribserve Cup for Most Worthy Performance on Friday. The crew of Beluga, a spanking new Contest 42CS, received the Captain Morgan Cup for the Most Rum Worthy Performance.

With that, after awards were also handed out to the top three podium finishers in each of the 20 classes, the 2014 event came to a close. The 35th Anniversary edition of the annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta will take place from March 5-8, 2015. The time to start planning is now!

For over three decades, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has showcased the top boats and sailing-and has become equally famous for its world-class slate of parties and musical entertainment-in the Caribbean. Now recognized by sailors around the planet as one of the sailing world's best regattas, each year the event lives up to its worthy motto: Serious Fun.
Heineken Regatta
Mackay BoatsWildwind 2016 660x82Zhik Dinghy 660x82

Related Articles

Vendee Globe - Spirit of Yukoh has dismasted
Kojiro Shiraishi informed everyone at 0230 UTC today (Sunday) that his mast had broken above attachment for small jib. Kojiro Shiraishi informed everyone at 0230 UTC today (Sunday) that his mast had broken above the attachment for the small jib. The Japanese sailor is not in danger and is busy trying to set up a jury rig. Kojiro is fine and in contact with his shore team to judge the extent of the damage and to determine whether it is possible to continue the race. He is safely heading for Cape Town.
Posted today at 5:49 am
Chinese Whisper wins Bird Island Race for a second year
A year ago Rupert Henry’s Chinese Whisper and Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban finished top two respectively in Bird Island Race A year ago Rupert Henry’s Chinese Whisper and Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban finished top two respectively in the 85 nautical mile Bird Island Race – and the two have mirrored that result this weekend, cementing their places among favourites for the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
Posted today at 3:50 am
The Bridge – The Queen Mary – Essence of historical transatlantic race
The Bridge has invited the Queen Mary 2 to take part in an ocean challenge in a race against a fleet of giant trimarans On 2nd December, the press conference for the official launch of The Bridge was held in the prestigious setting of the Salle Turenne at the Hôtel des Invalides. The Bridge, a unique, festive, maritime, cultural and popular event, will take place from June 15th until the beginning of July 2017, in Nantes, Saint-Nazaire and New York.
Posted on 3 Dec
Tour de France à la voile to celebrate its 40th edition in 2017
Eight classes have served on the TFV since 1978, always based on the same principle : one-design. French sailing legends like Eric Tabarly, Michel Desjoyeaux, Jean-Pierre Dick, and more recently Franck Cammas, François Gabart, Armel Le Cléac’h and Loïck Peyron have all played a role in the history of this race, that became one of the biggest summer sporting events.
Posted on 3 Dec
RORC Transatlantic Race – Maserati Multi70 now 142 miles from Grenada
Phaedo3 sailed past the final waypoint at Grenada last night at 01.49 GMT to take multihull (MOCRA) line honours Phaedo3 sailed past the final waypoint at Grenada last night at 01.49 GMT (21.49 local time, 02.49 in Italy) to take multihull (MOCRA) line honours
Posted on 3 Dec
RORC Transatlantic Race - Day 8 - Phaedo3 victorious in Grenada
Lloyd Thornburg's American MOD70 Phaedo3 has taken Multihull Line Honours in the RORC Transatlantic Race Lloyd Thornburg's American MOD70 Phaedo3 has taken Multihull Line Honours in the RORC Transatlantic Race for the second year running. The American MOD70 completed the course in six days 13 hours 39 minutes and 55 seconds.
Posted on 3 Dec
Vendée Globe – Leaders gybing along Antarctic exclusion zone + Video
The leaders in the eighth Vendée Globe are gybing along the edge of the Antarctic Exclusion Zone. The leaders in the eighth Vendée Globe are gybing along the edge of the Antarctic Exclusion Zone. Although they have only sailed 330 miles in 24h at an average speed of 13.9 knots for Alex Thomson and 13.4 knots for Armel Le Cléac’h, this has been one of the rare days when their foilers have not clocked up amazing distances. More live video from the Southern Ocean
Posted on 3 Dec
Vendee Globe - Edmond de Rothschild makes up ground
For more than a week now, Sébastien Josse has been philosophically negotiating the weather systems For more than a week now, Sébastien Josse has been philosophically negotiating the weather systems, patiently accepting that his two closest adversaries were going to be able to steal a march on him thanks to the more favourable conditions at the head of the race.
Posted on 3 Dec
Melges 24 Worlds - Day 4 - Tricky conditions paid off for Bombarda
Trickier conditions with light breeze from 040° that filled in only in afternoon, forced Race Committee to raise AP flag The trickier conditions of today, with a light breeze from 040° that filled in only in the afternoon, forced the Race Committee to raise AP flag until 2.50pm, moment when the fleet was eventually given the preparatory signal and allowed to sail the first and only race of the day.
Posted on 3 Dec
Phaedo^3 finishes with line honours the RORC Transatlantic Race 2016
Phaedo^3 in the cover of dark finishes with line honours the RORC Transatlantic Race 2016 Phaedo^3 in the cover of dark finishes with line honours the RORC Transatlantic Race 2016 at 01 hours 49 minutes and 55 seconds on Saturday 3rd December 2016 to take Multihull Line Honours and provisionally win the Multihull Class.
Posted on 3 Dec