Fun in the sun and a shot at a watch is what sailors can
expect at the 33rd annual International Rolex Regatta, set to sail out of the
St. Thomas Yacht Club from March 24 to 26.
"Last year, we really raised the bar by adding some intriguing new
twists on the water and back onshore," says Tracy Roberts, who co-directs
the regatta with fellow St. Thomas Yacht Club member Colin Probyn.
"There was near-perfect harmony between exciting competition and extreme
last year’s new additions was a coastal course that took the fleet racing from Cowpet
Bay to the Charlotte
Amalie harbor. "This
year," adds Probyn, "the race will be
repeated, but augmented by some IC-24 windward-leeward racing in the harbor.
This will show the racers St. Thomas’s
beautiful capital and afford the islanders and visitors alike a flavor of
competition is lining up to compete in this prestigious event. For example, the
IC-24s are attracting the very best in inter-island talent including sailors
from both the British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
smaller but a lot faster are the Beach Cats, which always arrive in full force
with plenty of Hobie and Nacra
class stars competing, including Puerto Rico’s multiple world champion and
Olympian Enrique Figueroa.
other end of the scale is the 2005 winner Titan
XII, an awe-inspiring 75-footer. Puerto Rico’s Tom Hill will be at the
helm, with America’s Cup
veteran Peter Isler, from San Diego, California,
serving as tactician. Titan will
compete in the Over-50 Foot Class for the biggest boats.
other classes for boats ranging from 30- to 50-feet that also include the
hottest Caribbean sailors as well as visiting
professional and semi-pro racers.
Comment, a long-time supporter of the International Rolex Regatta and Director
for Rolex Caribbean and Central America, will
be this year’s event Honorary Chairman. Returning as co-chairs of the
International Jury are local Ruth Miller and international judge Arthur
"Tuna" Wullschleger, who has served as
Chief Judge at the regatta for 23 years. Principal Race Officer David Brennan,
from Miami, Florida, will manage the on-water
Each of the Northern Caribbean regattas
has its special flavor and strong point, yet what makes the International Rolex
Regatta unique is that you can win a ‘The Watch’ – just the perfect piece to
show the world that the owner is one of the best sailors in the Caribbean.
information, contact Co-Directors Tracy Roberts at 340-777-2345; [email protected]
and Colin Probyn at 340-690-3000, [email protected]. The
regatta web page is www.rolexcupregatta.com where further
information and online-entry forms can be found.