Aruba International Regatta, August 15, 16 and 17 - 2014

August 15, 16 and 17 are the dates to look forward to: the sixth Aruba International Regatta at Surfside Beach, next to the airport in Aruba.There will be some 80 sails on the water off the beach between the Airport and Oranjestad, including a fleet of beach cats. New this year will be Miniature Boat races, a self-built boat race, a Stand Up Paddleboard competition and Outrigger Canoe demonstration. Spectators can watch the action right from the beach. Sail in the most beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea, be part of the parties, enjoy! Like us and follow us on Facebook

Miniature Boat Races

For the first time in Aruba Regatta history, the Aruban microboats will join in the races. Their competitions start on August Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 at the beach at Wilhelmina park and offer a beautiful spectacle on the water. Come and enjoy this special Aruban tradition!

Happy Hours

Aruba International Regatta will support two happy hours that will be offered by South Caribbean Sailing and the Aruba Regatta Foundation. The happy hour on Saturday and Sunday will start at the time of the finish of the tenth kite-surfer in the kite-surfing competition at around 5pm. The volunteers of S.E.Aruba Fly N Dive will serve free drinks for competitors and drinks at half price for all others as long as the budget lasts at the Polar beer tents at Surfside Beach. Andina Ice makes sure that all drinks are cool!

Build your own Boat

Last year, two boat builders, Yair Lichtenstein and Rik van der Vaart, demonstrated that it is possible to build your own boat with basic materials. This year they will be joined by other boat building enthusiasts who will share their love for inventive and classic boat building techniques. With their unique action, the boat builders hope to show that a vessel can be built in relatively little time and with not much expertise. The design of the boat built last year is a John Welsford Seagull; the boat can easily hold three people and glides through the water with ease. The wood needed to build the Seagull is entirely sponsored by Kooyman, in support of the International Sailing Regatta.  The boat will be sold unpainted, so that the new owner can decide on its color and finishing touches in close cooperation with Rik and Yair. 

Extra Activities

The Aruba Outrigger Paddle School will join the regatta and will be at Surfside beach on Saturday and Sunday from 4:30 – 5PM to give a try out outrigger canoe experience for who are interested. At the same time, Stand Up Paddle Board competitions will be organised. Happy hour starts at the finish of the tenth kite surfer!

Budget Marine Cup

The overall Budget Marine cup will be awarded, classes competing for this cup are yachts, beach cats and sunfish.

Rating for Participating Yachts

According to section 3 of the Notice of Race, participating yachts should either have a valid 2013 or 2014 CSA-rating, or fill out the SCSA questionnaire (Excell and PDF below) and send it to
PDF: Questionaire SCSA rating
XLS: Questionaire SCSA rating

2014 pictures collections:
Regatta 2014 photographers Joost Horward, Marcel van Schie, Juancho Ridderstap, Cedo Nulli

Ruurd van der Meulen

If you want to get into the mood, just check out the pictures from previous years
or visit the photo page on this site!

Watch our video on the video page.

Registration fee for the regatta competition

  • - Yachts: USD 120, 4 t-shirts + dinner/lunch tickets for 4 participants.
  • - Sunfish: USD 30, 1 t-shirt + dinner/lunch tickets for 1 participant.
  • - Beachcat: USD 60, 2 t-shirt + dinner/lunch tickets for 2 participants.
  • - Optimist: USD 20, 1 t-shirt + dinner/lunch tickets for 1 participant.
  • - Windsurf: USD 30, 1 t-shirt + dinner/lunch tickets for 1 participant.
  • - Kitesurf: USD 30, 1 t-shirt + dinner//lunch tickets for 1 participant.
  • - Miniature Boat: USD 30, 1 t-shirt + dinner/lunch tickets for 1 participant
  • Participants under 18 pay USD 20

Most participants are already preparing for the races and a number of international competitors have already confirmed their participation in the races. You can pre-register for the races via our contact form or call (+297) 56 56 887.