The 33rd St. Maarten Heineken Regatta concluded on Monday (March 4, 2013) “with staunch and steady south-southeast trade winds of 15-20 knots, seas flecked with white caps, and superb Caribbean sailing.” Puerto Rico’s Lazy Dog, Aruba’s Sunbelt Realty DASH, and St. Martin’s Carib Cat were among the winners from the Caribbean. AVS News writes:
On Day 3, the wind blew. And blew. First hard. And then harder. For the crews of the 202 yachts who’d descended on St. Maarten to race sailboats, it was what they’d come looking for, and it was definitely worth the wait. After Saturday’s race to Marigot, the fleet reassembled on the western, French side of St. Maarten today to put the finishing touches on what had evolved into yet another memorable edition of “The Heineken.” With solid breeze gusting to over 20-knots, the race committees for both the A and B fleets took full advantage of the sweet conditions and sent the racers on challenging courses that took them into and across the Anguilla Channel before a long upwind leg along the island’s southern shore to a finish line off Simpson Bay.
[. . .] In the CSA 1 battle between heavyweights, Jeremy Pilkington’s Baltic 78, Lupa of London, and Jan Rupert’s Tripp 75 Blackbird came into Sunday’s racing with identical scores of three points apiece. From the outset of the race, the two giants were locked head to head, effectively beginning what turned into a long, closely contested, point-to-point match race. In the end, it was Lupa‘s day to shine, and with a Sunday victory the sleek 78-footer reigned supreme in the big-boat class of this year’s St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. [. . .] So on Sunday, in CSA 3 it came down to Sergio Sagramoso’s J/122, Lazy Dog-a perennial Heineken Regatta contender-and a newcomer to the fleet, Greg Slyngstad’s J/125, Hamachi. The latter sailed a tremendous race, and was the first of all CSA boats to round Blowing Rocks after flying down the Anguilla Channel under a huge, white asymmetric spinnaker. When the spray settled, Hamachi was second on Sunday, and Lazy Dog won the final CSA 3 race on corrected time. Remarkably, however, both boats were tied with identical scores of 15.5. But Lazy Dog‘s last day victory proved to be the difference, and the crew from Puerto Rico earned the title of CSA 3 champ.
There was less drama in CSA 4 and CSA 8, but a pair of dominant showings well worth celebrating. In the highly competitive sport boat class, Mark Plaxton’s Melges 32, Team INTAC, won all four races in the regatta to win the division in runaway style. [. . .] Richard Blakemore’s Swan 53, Music, put the finishing touches on a fine series on Sunday, winning their third straight race in a row to capture CSA 2. Raphael Magras’s X-Yachts 34, Maelia, also took the final three of four to handily win CSA 7. In CSA 5, St. Maarten skipper Alain Riouallec’s Bachi-Bouzouk, a Sigma 41, capped a consistent series with a fourth on Sunday that was enough to wrap up their 11-boat class. [. . .] Remco van Dortmondt’s Sunbelt Realty DASH, was the undisputed victor of CSA 6. Finally, in separate scoring for the six Melges 24s in the field, Andrea Scarabelli and Team Budget Marine/Gill topped the tight one-design fleet.
Among the catamaran and trimaran fleets, the Gunboat Elvis-and there was a sighting of “The King” dancing on the foredeck moments after the start-was another boat that sailed a perfect regatta, notching their third consecutive first-place finish to win Multihull 1. [. . .] It was a far different story in Multihull 2, where Nils Erickson’s Formula 40, Soma, and Richard Wooldridge’s fast tri, Triple Jack, came into Sunday’s racing tied for first. Both boats nailed their starts and, with hulls flying, tore up the coast of St. Maarten nearly locked together. But Soma eventually pulled away and won both the final race and the class, while Triple Jack‘s fourth on Sunday relegated them to second in Multihull 2. Maas Hanen’s Outremere, Teora, won Sunday’s race in Multihull 4-their second win in three races-to earn top honors in Multihull 4. The MyCat 26, Carib Cat, was the winner in Multihull 5.
In the charter boat fleets, the winners were as follows: Famed 3 (Bareboat 1), Team Ukraine (Bareboat 2), Team Yacht Club Wamel Mohne (Bareboat 3), J-World Annapolis (Bareboat 4), and KHS&S (Bareboat 5). The top boat in the Lottery Class was Marc Perron’s Jeanneau Sunfast 43, Grosloup.
For full information on the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, visit www.heinekenregatta.com