Regatta Directors John Sweeney and Bill Canfield issued a Notice of Race last October for the 2010 International Rolex Regatta and made an irresistible invitation: “On behalf of the St. Thomas Yacht Club and our principal regatta sponsors, Rolex and A. H. Riise, we are honored to offer sailors from around the world three days of unparalleled competition and shore side fun.”
Organizers say they pride themselves on running a regatta that is easy to participate in, but a challenge to win. “From registration to scoring, from complimentary breakfast & coffee to post-race island-style BBQ and rum, the regatta operates out of our yacht club. From your mooring in Cowpet Bay, it’s mere minutes to and from the race course each day, allowing you to take full advantage of all the club and islands have to offer.”
Principal Race Officer will again be Dave Brennan and Chief Judge will be Arthur Wullschleger.
“This year’s day one morning course offers a downwind start and stretches to Charlotte Amalie Harbor, giving the racers an opportunity to see St. Thomas’ beautiful and historic capital,” the notice promises. “The afternoon race starts in town and finishes back at the Club. Day two’s round-the-buoy racing will be held in the Caribbean Ocean, south of Cowpet Bay. The final day’s racing takes place on scenic Pillsbury Sound, in and around our beautiful Cays. The Rolex Awards Ceremony, which takes place on the beach Sunday evening, will again be of epic, memory-making proportions, highlighted by the presentation of an abundance of prizes and video by t2p.tv,” organizers report.
The International Rolex Regatta is the first leg of the Virgin Islands Race Week; the second half of the series continues as the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival.
St. Thomas Yacht Club Commodore William Newbold added that the 2009 Regatta was a resounding success on which the dedicated Rolex Committee will build. “Competitors can rely on another regatta with hotly contested one-design and grand prix racing, along with spirited sailing in cruising classes. The picturesque distance races from the East End of St. Thomas to Charlotte Amalie harbor and back have established themselves as an Island tradition.
“The beautiful and yet tactically demanding Pillsbury Sound Race in and among the cays of St. Thomas and St. John, is a highlight of the Regatta. This ‘Sunday drive’ has decided final standings in most classes each of the last five years,” Newbold reported.
The entry fee for the regatta is $400.00 (US) for all boats except
Beach Cats, and $225.00 (US) for Beach Cats, for all entries received before March 12, 2010. The fee is $500.00 (US) for all late entries.
Preview submitted by International Rolex Regatta