British Virgin Islands’ Duff Wins 22nd International Optimist Regatta

Image Courtesy of Caribbean Sailing

11-year-old Rayne Duff from the BVI won the 22nd International Optimist Regatta hosted out of the St Thomas Yacht Club, USVI. Rayne finished with 33 points separating him from his closest competition and also won the 11 and 12-year-old Blue Fleet. Rayne will also be representing the BVI in the Optimist North American Championships in Mexico from July 9 – 16.

A total of 81 sailors competed in the Advanced Red, Blue and White Fleets and beginner Green Fleet. The Advanced Fleets completed 10 races and the Green Fleet a total of 18 races over the three days of competition. Sailors hailed from 10 nations – Antigua, Argentina, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Germany, Puerto Rico, Spain, the Netherlands, U.S.A, and all three USVI.

Here is a glimpse of the top three winners in each category in last weekend’s competition:

RED FLEET (25 boats)

1. Teddy Nicolosi, USVI, 46

2. Thomas Rice, USA, 54

3. Luke Arnone, USA, 63


1. Rayne Duff, BVI, 13

2. Zane Rogers, USA, USA, 60

3. Isabella Casaretto, USA, 86


1. Stephan Baker, USA, 125

2. Nathan Haycraft, BVI, 288

3. Vanessa Lahrkamp, USA, 423

GREEN FLEET (22 boats)

1. Caroline Sibilly, USVI, 26

2. Thommie Grit, USA, 30

3. Jose Diaz, PR, 33


Fast & Furious on Second Day of 41st St Thomas International Regatta

Near Miss races right off Great St. James island.
Credit: Dean Barnes

Courses changed but the winds remained the blustery-same as the 69-boat fleet set sail on the second day of racing at the St Thomas International Regatta (STIR). Shorter round-the-buoy and round-the-island races off the island’s east end combined with 20-plus knots of breeze enabled the race committee to fire off as many as five and four races, respectively, in the beach cat and one-design IC-24 classes. [Read more…]

Thrills & Spills on First Day of Racing at 41st St Thomas International Regatta

Puerto Rico’s Luis Juarbe’s Melges 32, Soca, sails downwind into Charlotte Amalie harbor.
Credit: Dean Barnes

Boom or bust was the big story for the 69-boat fleet racing on the first day of the 41st St Thomas International Regatta (STIR). Thirty-plus knot guests tested the mettle of equipment and crews as the fleet sailed along the island’s south shore into scenic Charlotte Amalie harbor and back again amidst a mix of sun and squalls. [Read more…]

Seventy Yachts Stir Up the Excitement at 41st St. Thomas International Regatta

Seventy yachts from the Caribbean, U.S., Europe and Australia will take to the seas on Friday for the 41st St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR). Hosted out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club May 28 to 30, the big buzz this year is the sheer impressiveness of the fleet. [Read more…]

1st Annual Captain Morgan Golf Scramble Launches St. Thomas International Regatta Festivities

L to R Louri Lynn Throgmorton, Andy Heath, Jim Fogg and JP Montegut get ready to tee off at 1st Annual Captain Morgan Golf Scramble.

Sailors showed their competitive side on shore Wednesday at the 1st Annual Captain Morgan Golf Scramble, the kick-off event to the 41st St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR). Six teams teed off at 10 a.m. on the greens of the famous George and Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole Par 70 Mahogany Run Golf Course. [Read more…]