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The Heineken Aruba Catamaran Regatta attracts top sailors from all over the world to compete in this one of the best Catamaran events in the world. The warm trade winds and crystal waters make this a sailors paradise and it is obvious why teams continue to come back year after year as nothing comes closer to perfection than sailing in Aruba. The offshore breezes (Beaufort 3 –5) ensure the seas are slight and the excellent race management means that the races are run on time and close to the beach giving everyone the chance to see what is going on.
The ten races will take place under the supervision of Edwin Lodder. There are two races per day (except on Tuesday Rest Day), plus a semi long distance and a long distance race along the white beaches and through the mighty lagoons than surround the island.
The results are calculated using the ISAF SCHRS handicap scheme and the fleet is spit into fleets a fast and slow handicap with all boats starting together. Daily prizes are issued to the 1st three in each category. A wide variety of boats are sailed including Hurricane 5.9, Tornado, Nacra Inter 18 & 20, Nacra 6.0, Dart 18, Hawk, Storm F20, Spitfire, Hobie Tiger and various other Hobies and Prindles.
The competitors vary in ability from those new to the sport to World Champions and everyone enjoys the close racing and camaraderie of all the nationalities taking part. The races tend to last approximately one hour with the exception of the long distance race and are held close to the beach, providing excellent spectating for the non sailors and public watching from the beach.
Rescue cover is provided by Aruba Watersports, with 4 rescue boats and ensure everyone competing on the water returns home safely after each days racing as well as providing first aid cover to deal with any minor injuries.