The Golden Rock Regatta – 2005/2019

GRR 2019  14th / 18th November

The Golden Rock Regatta is an annual Caribbean sailing event held in November between the islands of St. Maarten, St. Eustatius (Statia) and St. Barthelemy (St. Barths). On occasion the route includes St. Kitts or Anguilla. The fleet mainly consists of chartered boats from 40 to 50 ft. in length accommodating teams from 6 to 10 persons. They are crewed by teams from all over Europe and North America with the Dutch and US teams dominating. We expect the 2019 regatta to consist of some 20 boats with around 120 participants.

Hurricane Irma has devastated the islands in the region and destroyed most of the charter fleets however most boats have been replaced and St. Maarten/St. Martin is hard at work in rebuilding the damage caused. It will take more than a year to complete all the work but it is mainly the hotel industry that still has a lot to do. Charters are back to normal and nearly all the restaurants are open once more.

On Statia most repairs have been done already and the island is open for business! In fact a number of new projects are on the drawing board with the planning well underway. For the 2019 regatta we are working on a program to involve the hotels and restaurants to organize a special shore party including a number of local stalls selling their local dishes in addition to the usual fare in the four restaurants in Lower Town.

So all the more reasons to support the island through your participation in the regatta. The regatta is the ideal event for beginners as well as experienced sailors. We have a professional Race committee from the Netherlands who are well known for their work at the North Sea Regatta and the Volvo Ocean Race!

So for a funtastic week in the Caribbean com to the GOLDEN ROCK REGATTA.

The event is tailored to draw beginners to both yacht charter and regatta sailing though the teams at times have a smattering of Olympians and top class race specialists mixed in with the crew! We even had two teams with autistic youngsters participating (under the guidance of experienced sailors and medically qualified professionals). If you have never raced before, this is the regatta for you!