The Golden Rock Regatta – 2005/2017
GRR 2018 15th / 19th 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 2017 regatta to consist of some 20 boats with around 120 participants.
Alas the Hurricane Irma has thrown a spanner in the works destroying the Charter and local fleets on St. Maarten and Tortola. Nevertheless a number of entrants wanted to continue so we moved the Regatta Southwards to Guadeloupe. This entailed that longer distances had to be sailed to get to Statia, the only sponsor we had left though with a reduced budget.
The Local population is hard at work to rebuilding the incredible destruction all over the island. This will certainly take longer than the previous hit the island suffered in 1995 when Luis caused major damage in September but the island was up and running by February. This time we believe it will take at least two years resulting in huge unemployment in the Tourist Industry. It is clear that the islanders need every dollar we can bring, so the Golden Rock Regatta is planning to go ahead in 2018!
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!