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Crew slots available for St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

by St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 28 Jan 00:01 PST
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta fleet © Laurens Morel

The historic 40th running of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is rapidly approaching, and you can be there, competing in the blue waters of the Caribbean. What, no boat? No problem! There are plenty of options for sailors eager to get in on the Serious Fun. Among the possibilities are some Serious Rides, both for individuals looking for a berth, or entire teams looking to charter their own boat for the event. But don't delay: the 2020 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is scheduled for March 5-8.

Perhaps the most famous boat in the fleet for the regatta is the 58-foot aluminum Maiden, which raced in the 1989-90 Whitbread Round the World Race with an all-female crew skippered by Tracy Edwards. Maiden is also the name of the critically acclaimed documentary chronicling the inspirational story. The yacht is currently on a world tour called The Maiden Factor to highlight and create awareness for the millions of girls worldwide who are not afforded an education. The campaign still has three slots available for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.

The crew will be selected by Maiden skipper Liz Wardly, and The Maiden Factor founder, Ms. Edwards. "We take people who make a suggested donation of $1,500 to The Maiden Factor Foundation which raises funds and awareness for girl's education and empowerment," said the group's spokeswoman, Mackenna Edwards-Mair. Experience required is you must have sailed before and have some basic knowledge of the sport. February 2nd is the cutoff for applications, who will receive notice by February 7th if they have been selected. For more information, visit the foundation's website:

The Pogo 12.50 Hermes is a sleek, quick Class 40 yacht and part of the international sailing team Ocean Racers, run by circumnavigator Meg Reilly and her partner Morgan Watson. The team currently has four spots open to individuals.

The British-based yacht brokerage firm LV Yachting Limited has a fleet of charter boats available for international regattas, including two very special vessels all tricked out for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and ready to go.

It isn't too late to join in the "Serious Fun", with all these terrific opportunities still available every type of sailor can sail in the 40th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. With over 120 competitors already entered the competition will be fierce, and on these great racing machines the chance of ending up on stage for prize-giving are significant.

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