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New Faces & Race Favorites Registered for 2014 St. Thomas International Regatta – Charter Opportunities Still Available

Say goodbye to the snow and hello to superb sailing and a warm welcome at the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR). Set for March 28 to 30 and hosted out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club, this year’s fleet features several newcomers as well as a return of Caribbean rock stars. Plus, it’s not too late to register! Bring your own boat or charter.  [Read more…]

U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism Sponsors 2014 St. Thomas International Regatta

Organizers of the St. Thomas International Regatta, formerly the International Rolex Regatta, announce that the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Tourism will step-up their long-time sponsorship support in 2014.

“We feel it’s important to both the sailing and marine industries for this regatta to continue so we decided to increase our support,” said Commissioner Beverly Nicholson Doty. The regatta shines a global spotlight on the U.S. Virgin Islands and at the same time welcomes hundreds of visitors to the territory.” [Read more…]

New name for Rolex Cup Regatta in St Thomas; Big discounts for early registration

Rolex’s title sponsorship ends; Big discounts for early registration

Fast-paced one-design racing is part of the keen competition at the St. Thomas International Regatta. Credit: Dean Barnes

After 40 years of sponsorship, the 2014 regatta in St. Thomas will see Rolex phasing out as title sponsor, and the regatta becoming the St. Thomas International Regatta. The regatta will take place March 28, 29 and 30, 2014.

There is still funding from Rolex, but 2014 is the end of their most recent three year sponsorship contract.

On Rolex’s departure as title sponsor, Bill Canfield, director of the St. Thomas Yacht Club-hosted regatta, said: “Rolex has been a wonderful partner for 40 years allowing us to put on excellent regattas.

“Rolex will remain heavily involved with the 2014 regatta but we are in a transition period. It is our promise the event will continue to offer fantastic racing and shore side activities from 2015 onward.” [Read more…]


Delta scores a big win in the Melges 32 class, Rolex Regatta. Photo by Ingrid Abery

It was make or break time on the third and final day of racing at the 40th International Rolex Regatta (IRR). Rick Wesslund, who pocketed a precision Rolex timepiece for his class win in CSA Racing 1 aboard his J/120, El Ocaso, sums up the fun this way:

“After three days and six races total, it came down to the last race on the last day to determine the winner in our class,” explains Wesslund, of Miami, Florida. “In the last race, we were in a dead heat with Lazy Dog. Sometimes we were in the lead, and other times they were. It was a real emotional roller coaster, but we just hung in there. We stayed on it and we won.” [Read more…]

Winds play hide and seek with Rolex Regatta fleet

2013 Rolex Regatta – day 2

The traditional March trade winds kicked up to 12 to 15 knots giving sailors great competition on this second day of racing in the 40th International Rolex Regatta (IRR).

The day’s action took place on three stages. The one-design Melges 32 class started out in Great Bay where playing hide-and-seek with the wind caused the race committee to re-set marks further out in Pillsbury Sound. There was also a half-hour mid-day postponement in the IC-24 and Beach Cat classes as the wind ebbed and finally flowed in Jersey Bay. The spinnaker and non-spinnaker fleets had no trouble finding steady wind on courses set along the south coast of neighboring St. John. [Read more…]