Aruba’s Annual International Regatta

Aruba International Regatta

Tomorrow brings yet another exciting event to Aruba – the Annual International Regatta. People like to say (including the organizers) that it’s three days of parties and two days of races! This is your chance to see all kinds of sailing vessel races – yachts, beach cats, sunfishes, optimists, windsurfers, and kite surfers beginning on Friday August 19 and ending on Sunday August 21. Home base for these events is Surfside Beach, near the airport.

Aruba’s perfect weather and constant trade winds make it the perfect place for sailors to do their thing, and spectators enjoy maximum visibility as well. And then of course there is basically a constant party going on at surfside beach for all three days, with food, drinks, DJs and more. The Regatta has Silver status with Sailors for the Sea, an organization that encourages regattas to be as sustainable as possible. If you’re planning to attend, please help keep the beaches and waters clean!


Here’s the run-down of events:

Fri. Aug. 19 Aruba International regatta schedule

04:00 pm – 07:00 pm: Registration @ Surfside Beach
08:00 pm: Official Opening of the Aruba International Regatta 2016 @ Surfside Beach

Sat. Aug. 20 Aruba International regatta schedule

All day on the beach: Food, beverages, DJs
09:00 am – 5:00 pm: Sailing races
10:00 am – 5:00 pm: microboat races (Wilhelmina Park)
12:00 noon: Lunch
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Self-built boat demonstration and rally
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Stand Up Paddle Board and Outrigger Canoe
5:00 pm: Beach Party @ Surfside Beach


Sun. Aug. 21 Aruba International regatta schedule

All day on the beach: Food, beverages, DJs
9:30 am – 5:00 pm: Sailing Races
12:00 noon: Lunch
6:00 pm: Junior Awards @ Surfside Beach
6:30 pm: Aruba Regatta Happy Hour
7:00 pm: Closing and awards @ Surfside Beach

For a more detailed schedule of starting times for specific types of races, visit the regatta’s website at and stay up-to-date with their Facebook page at

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