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 a self-built boat race, a Stand Up Paddleboard competition and micro-boat races. 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

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 two boat builders hope to show that a lovely wooden vessel can be built in relatively little time and with not much expertise. The design of the boat 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. 

Beach 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.

During Happy Hour, Stand Up Paddle Board competitions will be organised.

Budget Marine Cup

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

If you want to get into the mood, just check out the pictures by AIR photographer Byron Boekhoudt at

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The pictures for 2011 are on line at or visit the photo page on this site!

Watch our official video on the video page!

Registration fee for the regatta competition

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