Aruba International Regatta 2017: August 18, 19 and 20 – 2017

3 days of parties, 2 days of races! Join the Aruba International Regatta for spectacular Yacht Races, Sunfish Races, Beach Cat Races, Optimist Races, Windsurf Competition, Kitesurf Competition, Miniature Boat Races, Beach Parties and much more at Surfside Beach Aruba!

We are proud to announce that Studio Advisory is the main sponsor for the Aruba International Regatta. “Better Business Performance: We make Strategies that work!”

Picture Collection 2017
Aruba International Regatta 2017(Click to enlarge)


After two years of Silver Status, Aruba International Regatta has obtained the Gold status of Sailors for the Sea – Clean Regatta’s. Join in the effort to reduce the Aruba International Regatta’s footprint and stimulate sustainable development. Keep the beach, the sea and the air clean: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!


On the 20th of August, the Seagull will be sold at Surfside Beach. The entire sales revenue of this boat will be donated to the “Stichting Youth Watersports Aruba” ( idea for this project came from Yair Lichtenstein and Rik van der Vaart, both avid amateur boat builders. The Regatta team thought it a great idea. Kooyman donated the 1/4″ plywood sheets needed for the hull and two 1×8 planks needed for the railing and keel.

Aruba Regatta main sponsor Studio Advisory donated the rest of the materials needed, the fiber, epoxy, consumables, paint, varnish and deck plates. Yair and Rik started the build in August 2013 and through the years, between life’s happenings, the job was finished in July 2017. The total amount of build hours are estimated at 350 manhours. Find out more about this magnificent project at and contact Rik at Rik(at) to discuss details of this magnificent boat and the price!


Aruba Regatta 2017 will be opened with a screening of Vanishing Sail at the aula of the University of Aruba on Aug 17, 7PM. Vanishing Sail is the acclaimed documentary on the tradition of boat building in Carriacou and the way in which this tradition is kept alive. This documentary is a powerful representation of the bond between culture, tradition, boat building and sailing in the Caribbean.

There is a small group of islands in the Lesser Antilles where the traditions of boatbuilding were once crucial to the survival of local communities skimming a living from the sea. Hundreds of sailing vessels were once launched here, more than anywhere in the West Indies.

Picture Collection 2016Photos by Joost Horward
Aruba International Regatta 2016