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48th St. Thomas International Regatta Set for March 25-27, 2022

Previous St. Thomas International Regatta (Submitted photo)

Registration is now open for the 2022 St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) (yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=14738), set for March 25-27. This is the place for world-class racing, the chance to trade tacks and tactics with America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean and Olympic crews as well as with weekend warriors who have sailed year-round in anticipation of besting fellow competitors. Register also for the Round the Rocks Race (RTR) (yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=14737) that navigates by the island of St. John on March 24, as a great tune-up and extra day of racing and prizegiving.

“For nearly 50 years of running regattas, we at the St. Thomas Yacht Club have provided our fellow sailors with beautiful island racing conditions and great courses, world class race management and our renowned Virgin Islands’ hospitality and fun. As we say at STYC, ‘We love it here; come join us and share the feeling!’” said Pat Bailey, the STIR 2022 co-director with Greer Scholes.

Every One and One-Designs Are Invited

Everyone is invited. STIR 2022 invites CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association-handicap rules), racing, cruising and bareboat classes; ORC; Multihull; PHRF, racing, cruising and Jib and Main classes using the 2021 South East Florida PHRF handicap system; Hobie Waves and One-Design classes with a minimum length of 20 feet. Five one-design entries are required for a class. Some of the hottest classes will be the one-design. Nearly 20 IC24s are anticipated to be on the start line for STIR 2022. The fleet of Hobie Waves is growing too.

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Owners of the J/121 APOLLO are already making plans to race in STIR 2022.

“As of now, plans are in place to have APOLLO participate in STIR 2022. We are super excited about heading south for some awesome Caribbean sailing this coming winter. STIR is the first event on our southern racing circuit, we wouldn’t think of going south without including it,” said Denise Bienvenu, who captains the boat for owner Donald Nicholson, of Weston, Mass.

BYOB or Charter

Bring your own boat (BYOB) or charter. Chartering especially makes it easy to fly in, jump on a race-ready yacht and set sail. Over half a dozen outfits are offering vessels to charter either by boat or crew spot for STIR 2022.

One of these is the St. Thomas Sailing Center (stthomassailingcenter.com/st-thomas-international-regatta), with its fleet of IC24s. To reserve, email: info@stthomassailingcenter.com or call (340) 690-3681.

Beyond this, the J/120, J-aguar, is available by the yacht or crew spot from www.caribbeanraces.com or email: mrbenjelic@gmail.com. So is the J/122, El Ocaso, from www.caribbeanyachtracing.com or email: chris@rawsilk.co.uk.  OnDeck (www.ondecksailing.com ) in Antigua is chartering its Beneteau First 40.7, Ortac, by the yacht either bareboat or skippered, and whole boat or individual crew spots are available on its Farr 65, Spirit of Juno, by emailing: peter@ondecksailing.com UK- based LV Yachting (lucy@lvyachting.com, www.lvyachting.com) has several yachts available to charter for STIR, including Pata Negra, a Marc Lombard 46; Wings, J/121; Phan, GP42; Escapado; Beneteau First 40.7; Hermes, Pogo 12.5; Hypr, Volvo 70; and Defiance, Swan 68.

Book Flights and Accommodations Now

Hands-down, STIR is the easiest to reach of all the Caribbean regattas. Host destination, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, welcomes daily non-stop flights on six major airlines from U.S. mainland gateway cities. These include:

  • American Airlines (Charlotte, Dallas-Fort Worth, Miami, New York, Philadelphia)
  • Delta (Atlanta, New York)
  • Frontier (Miami, Orlando)
  • JetBlue (Boston, Newark, New York)
  • Spirit (Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando)
  • United (Chicago, Houston, Newark, Washington-Dulles)

Air Sunshine, Cape Air and Sea Flight are airlines that operate within the Caribbean with service to St. Thomas.

St. Thomas International Regatta — March of 2021 (Submitted photo)

Accommodations on St. Thomas include resorts, hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and timeshares. Plus, there are approximately 600 villa units and 200 charter yachts on St. Thomas/St. John. Airbnb listings number over 1,000 on St. Thomas. For more information, visit the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism’s website at www.visitusvi.com.

50% Discount on Registration

Register now for STIR 2022: yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=14738. Compete in CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association) racing, cruising and bareboat classes; ORC; Large Multihull; PHRF racing, cruising and Jib & Main classes; Hobie Waves or One-Design classes with a minimum length of 20 feet. Pay only US $170, or 50% off the regular entry fee, between now and January 31, 2022. From February 1 to March 24, the entry fee increases to US $340 and for IC24s and Hobie Waves to US $230. A limited number of Hobie Waves and IC24’s are available for charter.

Also, sign up for the March 24 Round the Rocks (RTR) Race (https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=14737). The U.S.V.I. has many islands, cays and rocks to sail around. The racecourse will be determined by weather conditions on race day. Entry is US $50 per boat.

All travelers to the USVI must comply with any travel restrictions listed on https://usvitravelportal.com/. People should plan their travel accordingly and check the travel portal for updates regularly because requirements may change at any time. In addition, all competitors, crew, and guests must comply with all USVI and St. Thomas Yacht Club COVID guidelines at the time of the event. These will be updated on the regatta website.

For information, visit www.stthomasinternationalregatta.com, email: stycisv@gmail.com or Pat Bailey, regatta co-director, at simpleislandboy51@gmail.com or call (340) 775-6320. Check STIR out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/stirvi), Twitter @stirvi and Instagram #STIRVI

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