Registration Opens for International Optimist Regatta, Clinic, Team Race

International Optimist Regatta (IOR) and Clinic

Registration is open now for the International Optimist Regatta (IOR), presented by EMS (Electronic Merchant Systems) Virgin Islands at The Caribbean dinghy regatta will take place June 11-17; the TOTE Maritime Clinic on will take place June 11-13; the TOTE Maritime Team Race will take place June 14. The trio of events is globally known for instruction by some of the best Optimist coaches in the world for both Green and Advanced fleet sailors, an opportunity to team race and some of the best international competition in perfect Caribbean conditions – all in a one-week event.

“We are delighted to announce that registration for the 2018 IOR is officially open. Although our host, St. Thomas Yacht Club, did suffer some damage in the hurricanes last fall, namely the loss of the dock, our junior sailing program, including Optimist sailing, was able to get back underway within a month of the storms. We invite everyone to register now and look forward to seeing everyone in June!” said Holly Jenkins.

Over 100 junior sailors, including some of the best sailors in the sport, are expected to participate in this Caribbean Sailing Association-sanctioned regatta. Sailors can compete in Advanced Red (ages 13-15), Blue (ages 11-12) and White (ages 10 and under) as well as beginner Green classes.

“We are inspired when our business partners invest in the health, happiness and growth of their communities. EMS Virgin Islands’ continued commitment to the island community, by presenting the 26th IOR, will surely brighten and enrich the lives of many residents as well as the visitors it brings. The hardships that the island has endured over the past year have also impacted the staff at EMS Virgin Islands, but we are determined to help bring the economy and community back,” said owner Cobia Fagan.

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The IOR’s preceding events, the TOTE Maritime Clinic and TOTE Maritime Team Race offer an incredible opportunity for junior sailors to hone their skills and train for the main event.

The IOR is sponsored by EMS Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, TOTE Maritime and K3 Waterproof Gear.

For charter boats, requests and confirmations, go online at,or contact McLaughlin Boat Works, 1 (423) 875-07401 (423) 875-4040 or toll free in the U.S. 1 (800) 784-6478; Email:  The deadline to reserve charter boats is May 18.

Assistance with locating housing for the event is available.

For more information, or call (340) 513-2234, email [email protected]. For the Notice of Regatta, Registration Form and other information, visit the St. Thomas Yacht Club website at or

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