One of the windiest ever St. Maarten Heineken regattas is over, and despite massive carnage, sunken boats, and bruised bodies, the reports both on the official site and in the SA forums are glowing. In spirit, racing action, and partying, the Heineken is truly hard to beat. This report comes from Da Weez:
The Kattack Racing team with its band of “Lake Minnetonka All Stars” headed down to the isle of Sint Maarten for the 2009 Heineken Regatta. Our team left the snowy and cold confines to board our fine charter vessel from OneDeck charters. (see blog for more pics ).The first two practice days saw the typical 15-18 knots from about 120 degrees, perfect for learning the boat, enjoying the sun and leaving our worries behind.
The first day of our regatta was the IGY Commodores Cup. The day started with nice shifty breezes and flat water, just our what the All Stars needed. We nailed a couple of nice starts and headed to the beach on starboard tack, it was a lot like hitting the lefty on Lake Minnetonka as we joked about going all the way to Pillsbury Point and tacking, which is exactly what we did, we rounded the first pin first, a good omen for the day- we managed to hold off the asym boats going down the hill in some dying breeze and day dreamed looking at the 100 footers going by. As the breeze lightened during the day, we continued to nail the starts and hit the beach, once again rounding in first and second at the top pin. We fought off the asyms and took another Bullet, wow could it really be this easy? Race three ended with our 3rd bullet of the day and you can bet the Heinekens were flowing! Later that night we were awarded the 1st place pickle dish and our Boss Man and the girls were loving it!