The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta had originally been included in the series but had been dropped from the series by mistake when event director Mirian EBBERS' computer caught a virus and she lost communication with the organizers.
The Heineken Regatta and the BVI Regatta are both part of the Caribbean Big Boat Series for boats over 60 feet. According to EBBERS one sailor who enjoys the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and the Caribbean Big Boat series, too, is American Robbie HAINES. HAINES has been to St. Maarten before with a couple of Roy DISNEY's (USA) Pyewackets, but for 2006 he is coming back with Randal PITTMAN's (USA) Ed DUBOIS designed 90 foot, canting keel hot shot, Genuine Risk.
They will be lining up against Hasso PLATTNER's (GER) Morning Glory and Tom HILL's (PUR) Titan 12 - two swing keels against the conventional appendage attached to Titan.