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Heineken Regatta

By Lynn Fitzpatrick

Titan 15 wins March 7, 2010 (Sint Maarten) - Over 2,500 sailors and their friends enjoyed spectacular sailing conditions, a variety of courses and diverse entertainment during the four-night and three-day 30th Annual Heineken Regatta.

The whole world had their eyes on the racing in the Spinnaker 1 Division to see which ultralight would win when they Titan 15!, Highland Fling and Rambler clashed for the first time. The Heineken Regatta victory went to Tom Hill's Titan 15!, a Reichel/Pugh 75, which posted three first and two second place finishes. Vela Veloce, Canada's Richard Oland's Southern Cross 52 corrected out over Rambler, Highland Fling, Privateer and Equation in the six-boat division.

Fritz Duda's Sin Duda! handily took the Spinnaker 2 Division.

KH + P Let Me Go and Coco de Mer won the Bareboat 6 and Gunboat Divisions with perfect scores.

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Bareboating at the Heineken Regatta

By Lynn Fitzpatrick

Bareboating at the Heineken Regatta March 7, 2010 (Sint Maarten) - Added in 1991 to keep the regatta alive, the bareboat fleet is the mainstay of the Heineken Regatta. The high water mark for bareboat entries was in 2008 when 125 bareboats participated. Nearly100 bareboats from The Moorings, Sunsail, Dream Yachts Caribbean, VPM Best Sail and TJB Enterprises comprise seven highly competitive bareboat divisions at the 30th Annual Heineken Regatta.

Not only is the Caribbean Sailing Association proud of its rating rule for monohulls and the Open Class, it has established a Bareboat Rating Rule that is applied at the Heineken Regatta and other Caribbean regattas.

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Sojana - 115' of Powerful Fun

By Lynn Fitzpatrick

Serious sailing aboard Sojana March 7, 2010 (Sint Maarten) - Happenstance turned into a lot of fun when I was invited to sail aboard the biggest yacht at the 30th Annual Heineken Regatta. Peter Harrison's superyacht, Sojana, a 115' Farr design.

Harrison and Marc Fitzgerald, Sojana's skipper, put a lot of thought into Sojana's deck plan. Even with several sails hoisted on the double-masted ketch, there is plenty of room to walk around the grand cockpit and the deck without stepping on lines. (Read More. Click Here.)

A cast of over two dozen hard at work as Sojana approaches weather mark and gets into position to pounce on White Lie.

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Serious sailing aboard Sojana

Sails for Haiti Update

By Lynn Fitzpatrick

Sails for Haiti Update March 7, 2010 (Miami, FL) - The international sailing community supplied over 100 pallets of used sails to Haiti through the end of February and the latest news is that another cargo vessel carrying relief supplies is scheduled to leave Miami on March 19th. Keep the used sails flowing into Shake a Leg Miami, located at 2620 South Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33133.

The rainy season has started and the need for temporary and permanent shelter will continue indefinitely in Haiti. If you run across used sails while you are doing spring cleaning, send them to Miami.

If you want to send money instead of used sails, do careful research on the organization that you chose. The Clinton Foundation and Project Medishare have been doing a lot of work on the ground in Haiti, coordinating efforts in Miami and funding certain container shipments. Dr. Barth Green, Co-founder of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, is also a Co-Founder and Board Chairman of Shake a Leg Miami and Project Medishare.