The St Martin Heineken Regatta 2020

The four day regatta on the French/ Dutch Caribbean island of St Martin kicks off on Thursday March 3rd 2020. This world renowned regatta incorporates windward and leeward races, a 40 mile Anniversary Course and some of the worlds best rum-infused parties. This regatta is both an international sporting event and a key part of St Martin’s island culture. March 2020 will be the 40th Anniversary for this extremely popular inshore regatta.

The History

40 years ago, fun between a few friends on the water led to a huge increase in Heineken beer sales. Since then, Heineken have sponsored this yacht event that has become one of the largest water events on the globe, taking place every March.

The Racing

Set in crystal- blue Caribbean waters, the northeast trade winds offer idyllic racing conditions for all sailors. The regatta is run by a highly experienced racing team that welcome sailors from more than 35 countries to St Martin every year. The races are tailor-made for the winds ever day and allow for many different boats to compete. The racing usually follows the program of training for all entries on Tuesday and Wednesday 4th March 2020. The first race day will take place on Thursday 5th March and will go on until Sunday the 8th March. Sunday 8th March is reserved for a prize-giving and beach party. The cocktail of races includes 8 races over 4 days with windward-leeward races and coastal races included to allow all boats to play to their strengths on the water.

The Parties

The reputation for the parties is indicated by the name of the regatta, the beer sponsorship allows for heavy Heineken consumption throughout the 4 days. The regatta also has a reputation for hosting famous artists at the prize giving. Artists such as UB40, the Black Eyed Peas and Akon have been known to make an appearance during the regatta.

Available Boats

You can chose between a bareboat racing charter, a charter with a skipper or a fully crewed boat to enter the regatta. Please be sure to contact one of the Boatbookings brokers to get the most out of your 2020 Heineken Regatta yacht charter. Whether you’re a seasoned yacht racer or want to try something new, this regatta has something for everyone. If you are relaxing on a beach in St Martin this March be sure to watch some of the action unfold before your eyes. If St Martin is not the charter for you, also consider Antigua Sailing Week 2020 for your regatta charter.

Future dates

2021: March 4th – March 7th

2022: March 3rd – March 6th

2023: March 2nd- March 5th

Contact broker Alice alice@boatbookings.com for further information on how you can get involved with a regatta charter.

New Years Eve in St Barths

The months between December and March are the best time to visit the leeward islands of St Barths, Anguilla, and St Martin. You can choose from 20 beaches in St Barths, including the beautiful Colombier beach on the West side of the island, accessible only by boat. St Jean, Flammands and Grande Club De Sac are also a must on your charter.

St Barths not only offers beautiful beaches, fine-dining restaurants, beach bars and some of the clearest waters in the world it also offers an unforgettable New Years Eve. In the yachting world, St Barths is well known as the best place to charter a yacht for an unforgettable introduction to the new year with one of the best New Years Eve parties in the world. Think superyachts, fireworks, fine dining beach clubs and celebrity spotting. A-listers including Leonardo DiCaprio, Rihanna and Jay Z often drop in at St Barths to see in the New Year in true style.


How to spend your New Years Eve in St Barths


New Years Eve Regatta
The annual New Years Eve Regatta takes place around the island of St Barths. This regatta is a fun-regatta and welcomes a glass of champagne across the start-line.


Spend the evening in one of the best restaurants in St Barths
The cuisine offered on the island is a distinct combination of sophisticated French fine dining and Caribbean influenced street food. Gustavia is home to restaurants such a Bagatelle and Bonito. Both restaurants combine elegance with the rustic nature of the Caribbean. Other restaurants to visit on the island are Le Gaiac at Toiny or Le Bartolomeo at Grande Cul de Sac. After dinner head over to Do Brazil or the Eden Rocks Sands bar to be a part of one of the globes most exclusive parties. 


Nikki Beach New Years Party
Celebrate the New Year on a beach with copious amounts of Rose and Champagne. Dance the night away at Nikki Beach with performances from famous singers. If you manage to do so, get an invite to the private members club Le Yacht Club and celebrate at an after party!


Set sail to St Martin or Anguilla on New Years day
The islands of St Martin and Anguilla are only a short sail away from St Barths. If you want to find a secluded beach or a cove to anchor up on New Year’s day, look no further than heading to the pristine beaches of Anguilla or St Martin! Anguilla and St Martin are renowned for being diving hotspots and are more tranquil than St Barths! If you wish to spend your New Years day relaxing and watching the sunset on a white sand beach then look no further than this location to begin 2020 in the best way. St Barths is truly is one of the world’s best charter destinations. Boatbookings knows the region and boats and can find you the ideal charter yacht, be it Super or Mega Yacht, crewed, sail, motor or catamaran.

Contact Alice today to find out how you can spend your charter in the stunning St Barths.

Caribbean or Cannes?

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Saint Martin – The Culinary Capitol of the Caribbean!

The cuisine on the beautiful Island of St. Maarten and St. Martin is famous for the skilled chefs preparing the most delicious French and Creole delicacies that is most popular on the island.  Food connoisseurs from around the world gravitate to St. Maarten and Sint Martin as they have so many wonderful choices of dining atmospheres to choose from.  Whether you’re looking for elegant fine dining or want a fun relaxed beachside restaurants with views that will take your breath away, this is the island to savor it all. With such a prevalent French culture on the island that even the Dutch side of the island is saturated with your traditional French cuisine, however, the Creole spices have infiltrated in he French dishes to create fusion dishes that you just can’t get enough of.  I would suggest arriving a few days early to savor all that St. Martin has to offer before being whisked away on your St. Martin Yacht Charter. Here are three of our top suggestions from fine dining to casual beach restaurants.SXM Continue reading