31st St. Maarten Heineken Regatta March 3-6, 2011

The final day of the 31st St. Maarten Heineken Regatta was one to remember, starting early on Sunday morning with a full slate of racing and ending very early Monday morning after a Prize-Giving ceremony on Kim Sha Beach and an epic line-up of musical entertainment headlined by Wyclef Jean, the ex-Fugees front man whose 4-hour performance was simply one for the ages.

In other words, it was just another one of your basic St. Maarten Heineken Regattas. Between the first starting gun at 10:30 a.m. and Wyclef Jean’s last set some 15 hours later, the final race of the three-day series was conducted and awards were presented to the first-, second- and third-place boats in each division. The regatta’s steering chairman, Robbie F erron, did his usual fine job hosting the proceedings with help from a host of local politicians and dignitaries. The evening’s top prize – the St. Maarten Cup – for the regatta’s Most Worthy Performance Overall went to Mark Plaxton’s Melges 32, Team INTAC, a BVI entrant with an all-star island crew that included Peter Holmberg, Maurice Burg, Ben Beer, among many other fine local sailors. Team INTAC also won the Caribserve-NTG Cup for Most Worthy Performance during F riday’s racing. The Panama Jack Cup for F astest Multihull Around the Island on Friday’s opening race was the impressive Seacart 30, Blanca.

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