The regatta has long been famous for its large and competitive Bareboat classes. These boats, usually between 40 and 50 foot come identically prepared for non-spinnaker racing from companies like Sunsail/Moorings, the regatta’s official Bareboat provider, Dream Yacht Charters, or one of several smaller local companies. Bareboats are normally chartered for sailing holidays and so offer comfortable accommodation as well as close and challenging racing. Competitors looking for a turn-key package of flights, bareboat charter, daily briefings and attentive assistance can turn to tour operators KRAS, ATPi, and Windward Adventures, all based in The Netherlands.
For the full-on spinnaker racing, the options start with booking single places on a Race Charter boat. These boats have often won the coveted Most Worthy Boat trophy - the St Maarten Heineken Regatta’s overall prize. Companies like Sail Race Crew or Performance Yacht Racing offer individual and group packages on a variety of Race Charter boats with professional crew and excellent hospitality.
Race Charter boats can also be chartered ‘whole-boat’ where the charterer provides most or all of the crew. This is a perfect option for a crew that want to take their racing to the Caribbean without having to bring their boat. The range of boats on offer run the entire spectrum of the regatta from a 24 foot Day boat to a Swan 100. Race Charter Companies like Performance Yacht Racing, Performance Yacht Charter, Sailing Logic, and Miramar Sailing ensure that the boat is well-prepared and can also offer professional crew to make up for the unlucky crew that can’t share the experience of a lifetime at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.