James Dolan's custom Maxi 78 Sagamore won the big boat class by 1 minute and 43 seconds on corrected time at the 21st annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.
The race courses were set up at different lengths for the diverse fleets, but generally speaking the course went from Philipsburg westward to Grand Case and then back to Marigot on the leeward side (west) of St. Martin.
Of special interest were the two identical 'modern classics' designed by Joel White, the W-Class 77s. Daniel Thomas's White Wings of the USA bested Paul Hunt's White Horses from Britain. Another unusual grouping was the exhibition class of former-America's Cup 12 meters. True North 1 steered by Ernst Licht was first, Stars & Stripes steered by Chris Cole was second, and True North 4 steered by Doug Mutch was third. There were three Melges 24s, with St. Maarten's own Fritz Bus carrying off the top spot.
An interesting development this year was the sudden growth of big boats. There were 68 boats over 50 feet participating.
Racing 1 had Marty Fisher's J/145 Strabo in first, Jeff Salzman's S&S 48 Harrier was second, and S. Philips's Concordia 47 Le Renard was third
Racing 2 was won by Frits Bus on the Melges 24 named 2 Contact TNC. John Foster's J/27 Magnificent Seven was second, with Kevin Rowlette's Olson 30 Rushin Rowlette in 3rd.
Cruising/Racing 1 was dominated by Swan 56s. It was won by Frank Savage aboard his Swan 56 Lolita. Mike Gilburt's Swan 56 Noonmark VI was second and Mike Di Stefano's Swan 56 Nova (despite being over early at the start) was third.
Cruising/Racing 2 was taken by Achim Kadelbach's Swan 48 Taino, followed by Concept and Hugo.
Cruising/Racing 3 was won by James Lipcomb's J/120 Destiny, with Polyphagus and Morning Mist.