Fossett and his international crew of 12 on board the 125 ft. maxi catamaran PlayStation are fresh from cutting more than 24 hours off the East to West Transatlantic sailing record. PlayStation is expected to arrive in Margot on Saturday.
PlayStation followed the same route as Christopher Columbus did in 1492, sailing from Cadiz, Spain to the island of San Salvador, Bahamas in nine days and 12 hours, finishing on Monday. Steve Fossett now holds 10 of the 13 fastest outright ocean passage records recognized by the World Sailing Speed Records Council.
This is a major coup for the Regatta according to Ms. Leffers. "We are very excited. A sailor of this caliber with this record breaking maxi catamaran will doubtless focus major international attention on the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta."
Past year the Heineken Regatta had had some great racing amongst the Swan 56's. This year there are two Swan 56's entered and both have high expectations . Vallamo 2, a boat from Seattle, was very close to the big prize last year and is looking to correct that in the coming event . Vanish, sporting a different rig, must sail a little faster has she has a higher rating than her sister ship.
From St.Maarten and the Caribbean region, the Beneteau 45.5 L, Esperance, owned by Bobby Velasquez will be sailing against Hugh Bailey's Beneteau First Hugo of Antigua. When it comes to the boat it would seem that Bobby has the advantage. When it comes to experience in sailing it the advantage would go to Hugh Bailey of Antigua. These two competitors share a great many characteristics. Both large men, who think big, pillars of the marine industries of their respective islands, marina and yard owners and both highly competitive.