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22 November 2006, 09:16 am
SANDERSON To Skipper ABN AMRO ONE In 27th Regatta
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St Maarten Heineken Regatta 2007
St Maarten, Netherlands Antilles

In the upcoming 27th edition of the St Maarten Heineken Regatta ABN AMRO ONE the Black Betty will be skippered by ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Mike SANDERSON (NZL).
SANDERSON, who headed up a two boat campaign sponsored by ABN AMRO, earlier this year won the Volvo Ocean Race with a crew of some of the very best sailors in the world. This is just one of SANDERSON's many sailing achievements which also include numerous world records and a mix of crewed and short handed racing, highlighting his place as one of the world's leading yachtsmen.

Record In Sights

Unless boats will enter of similar calibre, ABN AMRO ONE will not encounter a lot of head to head competition in the regatta. Their main focus however is to beat the Around the Island record for monohulls that is currently in possession of Brunel Sunergy and has been for the past six years.

Participants in the regatta will look forward to seeing the vessel that achieved speeds in the Volvo Ocean that were previously not considered attainable so the participation of this 'machine' will be an added attraction.

'It's great to see a boat of this stature choosing the Caribbean as its winter sailing grounds,' says Mirian EBBERS, the Regatta Director. 'It proofs that some of the best regattas/racing takes place on the turquoise waters of St Maarten/Saint Martin and its surrounding islands'.

Fourth Day

The regatta will see a fourth day of racing this year on Thursday 1 March, for Spinnaker Classes only. This day will consist of windward-leeward racing only and, depending on the wind direction, will be a spectacular sight to follow from the shore side between Simpson Bay and Great Bay. ABN AMRO ONE is expected to also participate in this extra day of racing.

Other entries are pouring in and the regatta is expected to have approx. the same number of boats as in 2005 and 2006, which was 255 in 21 different classes.

Mirian Ebbers (As Amended By ISAF). Image, ABN AMRO ONE will line up in St Maarten:© Oskar Kihlborg/Volvo Ocean Race
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