Rambler in St Maarten

New from next March's Heineken Regatta

Wednesday December 2nd 2009, Author: Heather Tackling, Location: United Kingdom
The entry list for the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta is steadily increasing. Owners and participants have started filling in their entry forms and so far the numbers look positive.
The event takes place 4 to 7 March 2010 and will include the pre-event the Budget Marine Match Racing Cup on 2 March as well as the GILL Commodores Cup on 4 March. Organisers are pleased with the commitments made thus far, online as well as verbal.

George David’s 90-foot Reichel/Pugh designed Rambler will bring an exciting mix to the 30th edition of this event, listing what some may call the stars of sailing from around the world as the crew. This will be the first time the regatta has the pleasure of seeing Rambler race at the event and the organisers are pleased they have chosen to enter the 2010 event. With a long list of wins including the 2007 Nordbank Transatlantic Race, 2007 Middle Sea Race, 2008 Buenos Aires to Rio Race as well as setting the course record in the 2009 NYYC Queens Cup, Rambler is sure to set the bar for others who race against her.

Along with the long list of accomplishments, is the long list of crew who will race with Rambler at the 2010 St.Maarten Heineken Regatta. While Rambler will be skippered by the owner George David, he has surrounded himself with some of the biggest names in sailing including Ken Read, Vice President of North Sails North America and two time winner of the United States Rolex Yachtsman of the year, and skipper of the Puma Racing Team's il Mostro for the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race, and Jerry Kirby who has raced with Pirates of the Caribbean and was bowman on il Mostro as well as two time veteran of the Volvo Ocean Race. With 23 crew listed to participate, organisers are pleased to see some of the top racers visit the pristine Caribbean water of St.Maarten.

In addition, 80 charter boats from both Sunsail and Moorings have been confirmed, and it looks as if the bareboat fleet will maintain its large numbers for another year. In 2008 the event hosted a record 125 Barboats while that number dropped slightly in 2009 to 105. The charter boat fleet is the largest of this event as well as the largest of all the Caribbean regattas and organizers work closely with the charter companies, travel planners and individuals to assure that fair racing and competitive sailing is accomplished.

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