Heineken Regatta news – by the Daily herald
SIMPSON BAY-–The 32nd St. Maarten Heineken Regatta featured 202 boats divided into 16 classes. Bareboats made up six classes and represented 72 teams.
The Overall winner was Marieke Poulie on a Sun Odyssey 44i with team Something Hot. Second place went to Chillin’ The Most, a Dufour 425, and third was Team Kincsem, a Beneteau 50F.
Bareboat 1 represented the largest charter vessels. Class was won by Frederick Walters of Team Kincsem with two first places and a third place finish in class. The group consisted of 13 Beneteau 50Fs. Second place went to a Dimensys and third was Pain Killer.
Bareboat 2 consisted of nine Beneteau Cyclades 50s. Martijn Baartmans on Harten Heer won Bareboat 2. Att-en-sion was second and third went to Gruppo Sportivo.
Something Hot dominated Bareboat 3, a class of 15 Sun Odyssey 44i. Second was ZBGB Racing and third place went to Be As You Are.
Ten Beneteau Cyclades 43 formed Bareboat class 4. Arnie Feyling’s Sangria won Bareboat 4. The team was off to a slow start Friday recording a fourth place finish. However, the team came in first both Saturday and Sunday to take class. Oyster was second followed by Dilligaf.
The Dufour 425 Chillin’ The Most entered by Tom Goebel took top honours in the nine boat Bareboat 5 class. Sitting Duck a Jeanneau 53 was second and Duketown Sailing Team on a Harmony 52 was third.
Jeoffrey Scheffer’s entry, Team Argos, on a sun Odyssey 409 won Bareboat six. Fil Eau Vent II was second and Team Canada was third.
The Regatta also featured a “Lottery Class” where by boat ratings and handicaps changed after every race. Jim Brooks’s Harmony, a Hunter 44, won class. Kate, a Mylne 12 meter, was second and Golden-Eye was third.