Gill produces new technical gear for 2012 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

POSTED: 09/15/11 1:11 PM

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The organizers of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta have struck a deal with Gill for the company to sponsor the technical gear for the 32nd edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Gill, which is already known in North America and Europe, is on a campaign to create a presence in the Caribbean.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the Gill family and look forward to offering our sailors a great line of technical gear that we hope they will enjoy for many years.  We already have an established and well-designed cotton line, and are so thrilled to finally be able to add a hi quality technical brand to the mix thus allowing us to offer our sailors and visitors the best of both worlds,” Regatta Director Heather Tackling stated in a release.

“Gill is pleased to establish stronger ties with the HR 2012 event as the technical clothing sponsor and  support the work of the St Maarten Yacht Club and Heineken delivering a world class sailing event. We are building on an already successful partnership delivering the Gill Commodores Cup, a warm up day, to the Heineken Race Week. Gill will be on site during week featuring event branded HR tech wear offered through our local retail partner Budget Marine. We look forward to having a glass or two of Heineken with our sailing friends,” Gill North America’s President David Pritchard added.

The new technical line from Gill includes several styles of HR branded tech wear including hats and new UV styles of tech shirts and tech shorts. Gill will also feature select Race Collection styles, gloves, knee pads and Caribbean weight foul weather jackets. Products will be available to order on line in advance for the HR for pick up at Budget Marine decorated with your boat name.

The Heineken Regatta has brought over 2, 000 sailors to the tropical paradise of St. Maarten every first weekend of March and is a mix of professional sailing and world famous parties. The “Serious Fun” motto which has been their tag line since its inception mixes nightly musical entertainment and amazing sailing in some of the best conditions in the world. March 1 to March 4 2012 will be the dates for the upcoming regatta, which in the past has seen entries as high as 289 from around the world.  For more information visit The website features videos, pictures and winners from the 2011 event. You can also click the “Entries 2012” button to register your boat for the 2012 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.


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