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Budget Marine has once again signed up as the title sponsor of the 5th Budget Marine Match Racing Cup, taking place on Tuesday February 26th 2013. This pre-event of the 33rd St. Maarten Heineken Regatta will once more showcase the skills and abilities of professional skippers from around the world.

The organization will invite 8 teams of top match racers from around the world to compete in St.Maarten waters. The first two years of this event, Peter Holmberg of US Virgin Islands gave a great demonstration of truly professional match racing in heavy breeze and won the first prize both times. Last year Colin Rathbun took home the first prize after some high quality match racing against big names like Bouwe Bekking and Olympic sailors from the USA which came in second and third place. This event will give top racers a chance to collect some of the US$8,000 in prize money, divided over 1st 5,000.- , 2nd 2,000.- 3rd 1.000.-.

Anyone who is an accomplished match racer, male or female and who would like to enjoy match and fleet racing, win a pile of dollars and enjoy some of the finest regatta parties in the Caribbean should contact the regatta office at and submit their sailing CV and Sailing ID for consideration. The cost of participation is low, but in order to avoid no shows a deposit of US$500 is required to confirm the slot. The teams need to consist of three persons per team including the helmsman. The event will take place in the Simpson Bay lagoon.

Organizers are pleased to say there has never been a lack of interest for this race so make sure you send in your information as early as possible. The final date to send in your information is January 7th 2013; applications will not be accepted after this date.

The event precedes the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta which has for many years had the largest number of entries in Caribbean Regattas. The main event is preceded by a warm up regatta for Spinnaker boats called the Gill Commodore’s Cup.  A timetable will be arranged so participants in the match racing have ample time to train on the fleet racing boats should they be sailing in the main event.

The Notice of Race for this event is visible online at

For over three decades, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has showcased the top boats and sailing—and has become equally famous for its world-class slate of parties and musical entertainment—in the Caribbean. Now recognized by sailors around the planet as one of the sailing world’s best regattas, each year the event lives up to its worthy motto: Serious Fun. For full information on the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, including results, photos, videos, party and band information, and much, much more, visit


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