News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery : St.Maarten Heineken Regatta 2012 entries roll in

St.Maarten Heineken Regatta 2012 entries roll in

'Le Pingouin 2. Photo supplied by St.Maarten Heineken Regatta'   
With the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta 2012 just a few months away, organizers are pleased to see that the entries are coming in.

Brad Van Liew's Open 60, Le Pingouin, has entered in the event which takes place March 1 to 4. In addition the organizers welcome back Antilope, the 46’ Grand Soleil to be skippered by Volvo Ocean Race legend Bouwe Bekking. At the 2011 event Antilope took home a second place in their class. The St.Maarten Heineken Regatta will celebrate its 32nd edition and has already seen several new boats as well as a few returning sailors on the entry list.

Le Pingouin has recently undergone a one million USD refit replacing everything with state of the art equipment. Capable of sustained speeds of 25 plus knots and a top speed to date of 38 knots, this will be one of the participants to keep and eye on in the 2012 event. Le Pingouin swept all legs of the recent Velux 5 Ocean Race and is available for charter either as a group or individually, and would be an experience like no other.

Brad Van Liew, owner and skipper of the boat, is the only American to race around the world three times of which he has won two of those races. Recently, while crossing the Equator during his solo challenge of circling the globe under sails, Brad sent his daughter a message in a bottle, which she had requested he do for her so that someday she would know where it traveled. Amazingly nine months later that bottle turned up on the shores of St.Maarten, on a beach in Guana Bay, and was found by a seven year old secondgrader, who contacted Brad to let him know where the bottle landed. That bottle traveled over 2000 miles to land on the islands shores. An amazing end to a great story.

Regatta entry Antilope will have world famous Dutch sailor Bouwe Bekking aboard. Bouwe, has participated five times in the Around the World Races and is a four time European Champion. His addition to the Antilope team is going to add to their already competitive atmosphere, and the regatta organizers are looking forward to seeing Antilope on the water in March. Antilope placed second in the CSA 5 class in the 2011 St.Maarten Heineken Regatta finishing just behind the J-122 Otra Vez which was entered by William Coates. Regatta organizers are looking forward to seeing these world class sailors on the local waters, giving not only local racers but other international racers a run for their money.

For more information about chartering Le Pingouin visit
To enter the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta visit

by St.Maarten Heineken Regatta


Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

9:52 PM Tue 29 Nov 2011 GMT

Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

News - USA and the World

Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,

Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/,

Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,

Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,

Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition
IFDS World Championship overall
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us   
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!   
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar   
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay   
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club   
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes   
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins   
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016   
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing   
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes   
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3   
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions   
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff   
Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3   
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind   

For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





Privacy Policy



Cookie Policy



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT