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St Maarten Heineken Regatta

with Sailing-Dutchman

March 3 – 10: Training + World Class Race + Iconic Parties = Serious Fun!

March 10 – 17: St Maarten – St Eustasius – St Maarten

St Maarten Heineken Regatta with Sailing-Dutchman

Sailing-Dutchman invites you to participate in St Maarten Heineken Regatta, the largest sailing event in the Caribbean.

In 2024, 115 yachts from 20 countries took part in the St Maarten Heineken Regatta and the event was visited by over 20.000 guests from 37 countries.

During 4-days event you will experience World Class Racing, and amazing parties with local food and ice-cold Heineken in Regatta Village in the evenings.

The official motto of St Maarten Heineken Regatta is “Serious Fun”, so come and experience it with Sailing Dutchman aboard the Akua Aminata in 2025!





Hi, I am Eric van der Vegt
I founded Sailing-Dutchman out of love for sailing. I have been sailing since I was 6 years old. Like most sailors I started with the famous Optimist. As years passed, the boats became bigger, faster and more challenging. From Optimist to Laser to 470’s and later I crossed over to sailing yachts.
By now I have sailed thousends of miles at different seas and oceans on various ships – motor and sailing vessels.
Next to being a professional sailor and instructor I am a passionate cook and musician. I want to make sure that people who sail with me have a great time.
I have the following competences:

    • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore with commercial endorsment MCA
    • RYA YM Cruising Instructor
    • International Certificate of Competence
    • Power Boat 1 and 2
    • First Aid certificate
    • Sea Survival
    • SRC/Marifoon/Marcom B

Our Catamaran

Welcome to our sailing home – AKUA AMINATA – 44ft Dean 440 Espace catamaran.
We have chosen this boat for her comfort and sailing performance.
Built by famous catamaran builder – Peter Dean she was designed to cross the oceans with a lot of comfort and living space.
As the Boat has been designed and built in South Africa, we wanted to give her a name to honor her African heritage. The first name – Akua – is a name origin from Ghana and reflects the spirit of the ocean and the power it holds. The second name – Aminata – has West African origin and mean “trustworthy” and “faithful” in various African language.
Akua Aminata can host up to 7 guests in 3 cabins. She is equipped with new sails, safety equipment, solar panels, water maker, BBQ and wi-fi (Starlink).

LOA: 44ft / 13.41m

Beam: 7.25m

Draft: 1.10m

No of Beths:   9

No of Cabins: 4 

No of Heads: 3

The Price

What is included

  • Race entry
  • T-shirt with St Maarten Heineken Regatta, Sailing-Dutchman and your national flag
  • Basic Training
  • Certified professional skipper
  • Boat insurance
  • Accomodation in a shared cabin
  • Bed linen and towels
  • BBQ
  • Dinghy with outboard engine

Not included:

  • On board cash for food, drinks, fuel, marina / mooring fees
  • Flights
  • Transfers: airport – marina – airport
  • Personal insurance

Get in touch & book now!

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