Jumping Ships at the 42nd St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

Jumping Ships at the 42nd St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

by St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Feb 24 19:07 UTC
March 3-6, 2022

The Atlas Ocean Racing team left with a VO60, Esprit de Corps III, during the 2020 regatta, and returns in 2022 with a Vo70, Il Mostro. © Laurens Morel

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One week to go until the 42nd St. Maarten Heineken Regatta welcomes a fleet of over 100 boats to race from March 3-6, 2022. This year, a number of sailors are jumping ships – all are ready to bring their experiences racing to the next level!

While the bulk of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet is once again hosting the same teams from the 2020 edition, one team has undergone a major upgrade in the years since the last regatta. Canadian team Atlas Ocean Racing has gone from a VO60 to the legendary VO70 Il Mostro. One number brings a lot of change! Not only ten more feet of waterline, but many other performance systems, like a canting keel, make this a major upgrade for the team.

“Moving from the Volvo 60 to the Volvo 70 gives us a great opportunity to experience the evolution experienced by the best sailors in 2005-8. It is also wonderful to sail on a boat that we have dreamed of watching on television for many years,” said Gilles Barbot. , Skipper of Il Mostro – Atlas Ocean Racing.

From monohull to multihull, there are quite a few changes in the fleet. The new Diam 24 fleet has shaken up the multihull class on the island, with local restaurateur Erick Clement leaving his custom Open 40 trimaran, Johnny Be Good, to compete against friends on the Diams. In the 2015 regatta, Johnny Be Good won multihull 2, and now this custom trimaran will have another shot at glory under new ownership and a new name, Chaud Patate.

Pierre Atlier, former crew member of Clément aboard Johnny Be Good, is now in competition. Atlier pilots its own Diam 24 and encourages more multihull enthusiasts to join them. “Switching to One Design was the only way for our group of friends to settle our post-race debates. We know exactly who sailed better that day, and we become better sailors when your skill, not the boat makes the difference.” shared Atlier.

Atlier also has the potential to jump ships, using friendly competitor Sylvain Corroy’s Diam 24 to make Atlier’s Diam “Cry Baby” available for charter at . Meanwhile, Corroy is switching to monohulls to join the Class 40 racers aboard Olivier Delrieu’s Vicitan. This is Delrieu’s first St. Maarten Heineken regatta with his Class 40 Vicitan, which has just completed the Transat Jacques Vabre and RORC Caribbean 600, and he will certainly be harnessing the local knowledge of teammate Corroy.

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta welcomes back Team Selika, whose name and crew remained the same, but changed from a Catana 65 to an Ocean Explorer 72. The Selika Catana 65 won the Multihull 2 during the 2017 regatta, and Andrew Bland’s team is back to test their new multihull. The new Selika is an electric catamaran, hull no. 1 of Finland’s Ocean Explorer 72s.

Watch these sailors in their new endeavors as the fleet gathers in Simpson Bay on March 3, 2022 for the start of the 42nd St. Maarten Heineken Regatta! Follow @stmaartenheinekenregatta on Instagram and Facebook for all the live action on the water.

If you haven’t booked a boat, but are ready to get on board, there are still a few opportunities to compete in this year’s St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Team charters are available through sailing operators, such as Ocean Racers’ Pogo 12.50, Pierre Atlier’s Diam 24 Cry Baby and a selection of performance sailors with LV Yachting. Charter operators can provide logistical support, as well as training and coaching teams to get the most out of the regatta.


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