Captain Arielle checking in from Simpson Bay where we’ve been documenting the 35th year of the Heineken Regatta on Island 92 radio; broadcasting live this year from Swaliga 2, a brilliant 55 foot motor catamaran and the official press boat of Island 92’s ‘Regatta Radio.’

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We’ve been chasing all the fleets and covering the play-by-play; it’s an extremely thrilling year with wind speeds averaging 25 knots and above — creating an electrifying and dramatic yacht racing experience!

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At the St. Maarten Yacht Club we ushered in yachts daily with a live bridge show, had the opportunity to meet and interview some of the sailors, review daily results and have a few cold Heineken upstairs at the new Budget Marine Lounge.

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A stunning few days on the water watching almost 200 sailboats of all sizes from all over the world compete, from the novice to the pro. The racing however, is only part of the full experience. Heineken Regatta is also about ‘Serious Fun’ parties as well.
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Thursday, March 5 was the Gill Commodore’s Cup which was recently opened to all sailing classes who battled huge winds and seas.
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Afterward was the “Green Sensation Party” and Prize Giving at Port de Plaissance.
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Friday, March 6th was the traditional “Around the Island Race”. This year they sent the fleet counter clockwise versus the traditional clockwise approach. Race day was followed by an enormous party on the Boardwalk in Philipsburg, entitled “Boardwalk Rocks.”
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Saturday, March 7th; race day 2. The seas finally begin to calm but winds are still up. All race classes started in Simpson Bay with the Party on Kim Sha Beach later that night which featured Tessanne Chin from ‘The Voice’.
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Sunday, March 8th, the final day of racing and the weather gods blessed us with perfect conditions. Everyone jammed to Youth Waves Kool And The Gang at Kimsha Beach after final prize giving, with the entire Island 92 team backstage catching the winners for interviews.
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