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4 March 2005, 11:26 am
All Time Biggest Entry At Silver Jubilee Regatta
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St Maarten Heineken Regatta
St Maarten, Netherlands Antilles

The final total of entries for the 2005 St Maarten Heineken regatta topped out at a remarkable 261, five more than the previous record of 256 set four years ago.
Spanning a size range from Peter HARRISON's (GBR) 115ft Sojana, to the 16ft beach cats, the regatta splits it's entry between 19 classes. There are bareboats, spinnaker and non spinnaker classes, racing and cruising multihulls, beach cats, and of course the open class.

Multihull racing has a new entrant in the shape of Anne CASENEUVE and her bright red 50ft tri racing under the name of Restourante Plaisancier. This boat looks likely to be at the front of the fleet, probably fighting it out with Laurus Roc.

The much anticipated contest between local St Maarten marina owner Bobby VELASQUEZ with L'Esperance and Ralph JOHNSON (BAR) on Rapajam has fizzled out as the Bajan boat has decided to sail with a spinnaker rather than just jib.

In Spinnaker 1, the biggest boat is Sojana, but she is not the top rated boat in that fleet. That honour goes to Joseph DOCKERY's Carrera, the 81ft Reichel Pugh that is packed with top racing talent including Kenny REID and Chris LARSEN. Tom HILL's (GBR) RP 75 Titan 12 is a fancied boat in this fleet too, though Stuart ROBINSON with the Swan 70 Stay Calm cannot be discounted.

In the small boat Spinnaker class the boat that everyone is talking about is the modified Six Metre Trouble, sailed by Geoffery PIDDUCK from Antigua. Trouble was brought across the Atlantic by CSA measurer Tony MAIDMENT (who is sailing his own Dehler 34, Budget Marine in the same class) and since then has blown a hole through the CSA rating system. She is short on the waterline, heavy and lots of other things that make for a highly advantageous TCF.

So already it is a record year. More boats, more people and more fun, guaranteed. Lets just hope that the wind knows what's in store. So far the forecast looks uncomfortably light.

Dick Johnson (As Amended By ISAF). Image:© Event Media
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