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FirstBank Helps 2017 St. Thomas International Regatta Go Green

FirstBank will provide major sponsorship in support of the 2017 St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) scheduled for March 24-26.

“FirstBank is determined to work hard to find solutions that will help protect our environment and its future, like using reusable water bottles and choosing a reusable bag for shopping and carrying groceries. In keeping with this initiative, FirstBank will donate reusable water bottles to the Regatta for distribution to all their participants. In addition, from March 20th, FirstBank will distribute reusable shopping bags in all U.S.V.I. branches in light of the recent plastic bag ban across the territory,” said Victor Santiago, senior vice president, ECR business director.

“We are very happy to have FirstBank come aboard as a sponsor. After all, helping in the effort to keep disposable plastic bags and bottles out of our waters is important to sailors. Clean seas and healthy sea life is integral to the enjoyment of our sport,” said Chuck Pessler, regatta director.

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The St. Thomas International Regatta, now in its 44th year, is a world-class event renowned for its fantastic round the buoys and round the islands racing, first-class race committee, superb shore-side festivities and friendly “can do” attitude towards its competitors.

Over 80 entries, including a sleek fleet of offshore catamarans, plus one-design C&C 30s and home-grown IC24s are expected in 2017. Additionally, the second annual Round the Rocks Race, a circumnavigation of neighboring island St. John will take place March 23.

Register online at Both events promise challenging courses, professional race management and island-style hospitality. Register in CSA (Racing or Cruising); IRC; ORC; Multihull; Beach Cat or One Design classes with a minimum length of 20 feet.

The NOR is available at For more information, contact Regatta Director Chuck Pessler at (340) 642-3204 or e-mail: Check out STIR on Facebook (, Twitter @ and Instagram #STIRVI

STIR 2017 is sponsored by Cruzan Rum and Miller Lite, distributed by Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits; the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism; K3 Waterproof Gear; Yacht Haven Grande; FirstBank; Switlik; The Moorings; and HiHo.

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