St. Maarten is one of the tiniest islands in the Caribbean, and for it’s 37 square mile size, it packs a huge punch in tourism, with duty-free shopping, 365 restaurants, and 37 beaches. St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, Kingdom of the Netherlands and France, creating a European influenced vibe with heavy sprinkles of Caribbean flair. Recently, I visited the island for the third time, anticipating some incredible food, and shopping….specifically jewellery (did I mention duty free). I always find time to visit Marigot market for linen dresses and tops (perfect for the hot weather) and to stock up on unique hand crafted jewellery for gifts, and maybe a few pieces for myself.
I was in St. Maarten for the Heineken Sailing Regatta, an event that teams from all over the world were trained and ready for . The above photo shows spectators waiting for the first race to start, just as soon as the bridge goes up so all the boats can go through. It’s always exciting to be involved in a Regatta, and at the 32nd annual Heineken Regatta , the energy matched the sizzling hot temperature the whole time
Water taxis were at the ready to take teams out to larger boats that were moored further away
Teams were marked by a variety of colored shirts
Two hundred and two sailboats were entered in the Regatta, three of which were Classics, all head turners
Catamarans and Spinnakers all sailed the clear blue sea
at the end of each race day , it was time to celebrate the first night was in Phillipsburg, second night in Marigot and the final night was on Kimshaw Beach . Fabulous dancing music that can only be found in the Caribbean. There were always the Heineken girls (in green) and the Captain Morgan girls (in red – a bit obvious) both stamping on temporary tattoos.
it doesn’t hurt a bit, as you can see by the look on the face of Brooke Cunningham, a writer from Vermont
Thousands of people danced, and the food was incredible – barbequed chicken, ribs and shrimp always hit the spot at the end of a day spent on the boat
It’s always interesting to see other media in full work mode; David was from Guadalupe Television
Robbie, above , a freelance photographer from Belgium
Melody’s trip was sponsored by the St. Maarten Board of Tourism