Five days of intense sailing, one night of unparalleled dancing. The full story can be seen at caribbeancompass.com in the April issue.
What I learned from the Heineken Regatta: you either have to be tough enough to sail for days on end, or tough enough to drink Bloody Mary's at 8am while the boats head for the starting lines.
The photos below are from the two boats I joined for the regatta. Green Dragon, Volvo 70 and The Spirit of Juno, Farr 65. Tryst is a 50-year-old wooden trimaran from SXM that sank three times and still competed. Andy sailed Tryst while I sped past him on my monohulls.
Green Dragon finished first in their class; Spirit of Juno did not– but we still had fun. (If not the most fun.)
Taco Chelsea (#wasntme) made a special appearance during JonnyGuy's show. Opening for Shaggy is no big deal for a taco.
Although there are several hundred other great pictures from the regatta and parties... I just don't care about them. A week's worth of taking photos in direct sunlight for several hours each day on a racing sailboat is a bit exhausting. (Just like that sentence.) The worst part was going home to edit and upload them.
Nevertheless, it was one wonderful week. Everyone had fun, gained a few pounds (in muscle or in beer weight), and left better because of it. The SXM Revival continues.