The St Maarten Heineken Regatta will, for the first time in the history of Caribbean Regattas, run a match racing event just before the actual 2009 St.Maarten Heineken Regatta and offer prize money to the winners.
Budget Marine will sponsor a new Match Racing event before the St Maarten Heinekn Regatta. Budget Marine founder, Robbie Ferron said:
“Sponsoring Match Racing is a great opportunity for Budget Marine to promote new and exciting forms of racing to the Caribbean”.
The Budget Marine Match Racing Cup will look to take advantage of the presence of the many top-level sailors that are so often present to crew the magnificent big boats that participate in the Heineken Regatta. These top sailors will have the opportunity to win the $5,000 USD first prize by coming a few days early.
The event will feature Jeanneau 20 boats with three man crew in the Simpson Bay lagoon. The match racing will be open to 6 teams on an invitation basis.
The addition of the match racing means that the Heineken Regatta now encompasses a range of sailing that spreads from the most intense and aggressive match racing on the one end of the spectrum to the laid back “Open Class” where casino-like rating allocation complements real racing skill.