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CSA race boats compete off San Felipe del Morro fort in 2013. Credit: Carlos G. Lee / Majaderos.com
CSA race boats compete off San Felipe del Morro fort in 2013. Credit: Carlos G. Lee / Majaderos.com

13th San Juan International Regatta – Register Now!

Register by December 31, 2013 and save $20 off the late fee for the 13th Club Nautico de San Juan International Regatta (CNSJIR). Set for January 31 to February 2, 2014, the CNSJIR offers a great opportunity for dinghy and big boat sailors to tune-up as well as to trophy.

Single-handers pay only $110; IC24s, J24s and CSA 29’ and under classes pay $170; CSA 30’ to 39’ $200; CSA 40’ to 49’ $230; and CSA 50’-plus $260. These fees increase by $20 on January 1, 2014. Registration ends January 30, 2014.

“We look forward to hosting over 100 competitors from the Caribbean, U.S.A., Central America and the World,” says Commodore Gustavo Hermida.

Sailors from four islands and countries are already registered to compete. For example, there’s Antigua’s Maria Eldridge in Optimist; the BVI’s Matt Oliver and St. Maarten’s Rhone Findlay in Laser Radial; and Puerto Rico’s Jaime Torres in CSA 30’ to 39’ aboard his Melges 32 Smile and Wave – just to name a few!

Classes offered for 2014 include Optimists (Red, Blue, White and Green Fleets), Lasers (4.7, Radial and Standard), Sunfish, IC24s, J24s and Open CSA Offshore Racing with Spinnakers. New this year will be the addition of a one-design Hunter 216 Class.

Class trophies will be awarded to the first three boats on each class.

The CNSJIR is Puerto Rico’s qualifier in the Laser and J24 classes for the Central American and Caribbean Games, which will take place in Veracruz, Mexico, on November 14 to 30, 2014.

It’s easy to either charter or bring your own boat! There are 10 nearly-new Optimists for charter on a first-come first-serve basis. Plus, there are limited marina slip spaces available on a first-come first-serve basis at Club Nautico de San Juan. Once these slips are filled, additional spaces may be available at a reduced fee if arranged in advance. If the marina is full, the Organizing Committee will make arrangements to provide access to the Club area.

Racing takes place in San Juan Bay. The Bay offers protected waters for single-handed classes, while outside the Bay the Atlantic Ocean provides bigger winds and seas for the CSA classes. Both racing venues are in full view of the majestic and historic backdrop of 500-year-old San Felipe del Morro fort, making this a spectator-friendly regatta. Temperatures range in the 80s and winds customarily blow 10 to 15 knots in February.

Social activities, entertainment, meals and drinks are all part of the regatta fun.

Hotels, restaurants, shops, sights and an international airport with direct flights to the Caribbean, U.S. and Europe are all nearby the Club Nautico de San Juan Yacht Club, located in San Juan. Just mention Club Nautico de San Juan and receive a discount with Allied Car Rental (www.alliedcarrentalpr.com)

The CNSJIR is an outgrowth of the Club’s junior sailing program, which was launched in the 1970s. The program, now directed by José ‘Yoyo’ Berríos, combines both technical knowledge with practical hands-on sailing experience. It’s a combination that definitely works. For example, the Puerto Rican sailors who won fleet and team racing awards at the 2008 Optimist World Championships were graduates of the program as were six of the island’s sailors who won five gold and one bronze medal sailing at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayagüez. The addition of CSA classes in 2013 has expanded the opportunity for more sailors to participate.

“We invite sailors to register online now,” says regatta director, Berríos. “We are truly committed to offering a great regatta.”

For more information, to register and to charter a boat, contact Berrios direct at: (787) 688-5590 or Email: vela@nauticodesanjuan.com, or Club Nautico de San Juan at: Tel: (787) 722-0177, Fax: (787) 724-8059, or Visit: www.sanjuanregatta.com

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