Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta 2013
Published on May 28th, 2013
San Juan, Puerto Rico (May 27, 2013) – After three days of fierce competition, the activities of the 7th edition of the Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta (PRHIR) held at the Palmas del Mar Yacht Club in Humacao, came to a close with very good results.
The ships began arriving to the marina at noon, after finishing their last races as part of the competition and where they awaited anxiously for the awards ceremony.
In the CSA Spinnaker Racing A category the winner was the Smile and Waves vessel, steered by Jaime Torres, while first place in the Spinnaker Racing B category went to the team steering the Gerónimo ship, led by Felix Cruz Ríos. The first place in the “Nativos” boat category went to Comercial Collazo navigated by Juan Carlos Martes. Meanwhile, first place in the CSA J24 category went to Carlos Feliciano and his boat El Pavo Asado, Robert Ramos Martin won in the IC24, the Anchor Hear vessel took first place in the Jib & Main category, while Ladies First steered by Mariano Richiusa won the Cruising category.
On the other hand, in the Puerto Rico International Dinghy Regatta (PRIDR) which was held simultaneously with the PRHIR, the results ran as follows: for the Optimist category the winner was Ricardo J. Valenzuela; in the Sunfish Open the first place winner was Roberto Puig with the boat Rum Runners; Ramón González won the Laser Radial category, while the Heineken team composed by Francisco Figueroa and Jolliam Berrios, Senior brand manager for Mendez & Co. and national team sailor won in the Hobbie Cat category.
“We are very pleased with the performance of all the sailors [who participated] in this edition of the Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta. The weather cooperated and all the sailors were satisfied with the activity. The sport of sailing was carried out, enjoyed and celebrated and we hope to come back stronger next year,” said Raúl Ríos, president of the Puerto Rico Sailing Federation.
“We also want to thank Mendez & Co. for the opportunity they gave us to organize the sporting side of this event and the donation they made to the Federation to further develop the sport in Puerto Rico,” he concluded.
More than 55 vessels participated in regattas. Weather conditions were optimal for navigation during the three days of racing. The activity ended with a big party featuring the band Mother Earth.