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Deadline Near for International Optimist Regatta, Sea Star Clinic & Sea Star Team Race

Left, St. Thomas’ Teddy Nicolosi, who finished second overall, right behind the BVI’s Rayne Duff, Right, overall winner of the 2014 International Optimist Regatta. Credit: Dean Barnes

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Register now! The International Optimist Regatta (IOR), one of the first and largest regattas in the Caribbean to promote youth sailing, plus kick-off Sea Star Clinic and Sea Star Team Race, will take place June ...

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Visione Wins 2015 St. Barth Bucket

Win Win finished fourth in class A - Les Gazelles des Mers

After three days of competitive sailing, Hasso Plattner’s beautiful 147ft Reichel/Pugh deign Visione, took top honors as overall winner of the 2015 St. Barth Bucket, which took place March 20-22. Visione was also the class winner for Les Gazelles des ...

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Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2015


The final race day of the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous was a fittingly gripping affair that brought three days of hard-fought and incredibly tight racing to a close and saw overall victory awarded to P2 (Class A) and ...

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Curaçao Youth Championship


  The third week of February, Youth Sailing Curaçao (YSCO) organized the international Curaçao Youth Championship in Caracas Bay. As is traditional at this time of year, the winds were strong and conditions in the open sea challenging. Four days ...

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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

Melges 24 GFA Caraibes winner in Class Gill Commodores Cup, second in Class St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Photo by Gary Brown/OceanMedia

Strong winds, sunshine, 2000 lusty sailors and the largest racing fleet in the Caribbean, gave the organizers of the 35th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta the opportunity to lay on a tremendous spectacle – and they didn’t fail. In CSA1, Doug ...

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Ryan Finn – An American Adventure

Photo by Troy Gilbert

Sailors can be a notoriously quirky bunch, and none more so than solo offshore racers willing to take on the elements and sleep deprivation at sea while battling time or other solo sailors for weeks on end. A native of ...

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Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean

Crew work on Swan 80 SELENE (CAY) during Day 3 of racing. Photo: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

The second edition of the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean concluded in style on Saturday, March 7th following four terrific days of sailing in the British Virgin Islands. Excellent conditions and consistent breezes upwards of 20 knots provided constant challenges for ...

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Extreme 40s & the Future of Yacht Racing


Once upon a time in the late 1980s I spent a summer in Europe following the Formula 40 professional multihull racing circuit for Sail magazine. This was not easy. Often the pre-race parties were so good that I couldn’t find ...

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Honey, I’m home!

lolalita pano

Up until this very moment, you were fine. You thought everything was fine, that is. You were probably doing some quotidian task, minding your own business, and then – BAM! It hits you. The question.   “WHERE HAVE THEY BEEN?” ...

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First Magna International Bay Regatta

The BVI’s Rathbun (left) and USA’s Buckingham slug it out in San Juan’s Bahia Urbana. Photo: Isaac Reyes, Sakography

Match racing action dialed up a notch in Puerto Rico in February. This is when international teams faced off against some of the island’s best sailors in the first-ever Magna International Bay Regatta, held in San Juan’s spectator-friendly Bahía Urbana. ...

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St. Petersburg to Havana Race

Photo Credit: Southern Yacht Club Archives

Until the fall of Cuba to Castro and his revolutionary forces in 1958, sailors actively raced schooners in the 284 NM St. Petersburg to Havana Race, which from 1930 to 1958 was considered a highly prestigious event and eventually became ...

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RORC Caribbean 600

A spectacular start to the 2015 RORC Caribbean 600 as IRC Zero and Canting Keel Class, including George David’s Rambler 88 and John Elkann’s Volvo 70, Maserati, cross the line. Photo: RORC/ Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Arguably the best fleet of offshore racing yachts that has ever gathered in the Caribbean took part in the 7th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600. Sixty-six yachts started the 600 mile race around 11 Caribbean islands, with numerous world ...

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VISA — A Role Model for Caribbean MNAs

Photo by Dean Barnes

The St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John Yacht Clubs are recognized for producing first-rate regattas and world-class sailors. However, far fewer folks realize that the driving force behind sailing in the USVI is the Virgin Islands Sailing Association (VISA), ...

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Discount to Register by April 15 for International Optimist Regatta

Nearly 100 junior sailors from over a dozen countries competed in the 2014 International Optimist Regatta in St. Thomas, USVI. Credit: Dean Barne

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Excellent coaching, competition and camaraderie are the qualities that attract 8- to 15-year-old sailors and keep them and their families coming back to the International Optimist Regatta (IOR), Sea Star Clinic and Sea Star Team ...

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Sweethearts of the Caribbean Regatta


  There were few sweethearts and the weather was less than sweet due to squalls, but that didn’t dampen the fun for those who set sail in the 37th Sweethearts of the Caribbean and 33rd Classic Yacht Regatta, held Feb ...

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Taty Frans Wins Annual Saint Barth Fun Cup

The Fun Cup blasts off. Photos by Rosemond Gréaux

For Taty Frans the 2015 Saint Barth Fun Cup was a thrill. The freestyle champion from the island of Bonaire took first place, beating French competitors Antoine Questel (a St Barth native who won the Fun Cup in 2013 and ...

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Tie-Breakers at St. Thomas International Regatta

L to R: Elodie Thellier, regional sales director for TAG Heuer; U.S. Virgin Islands’ Governor Kenneth E Mapp; Nauticayenne crew: Tony Sanpere, Jim Kerr and Dave Flaherty; St. Thomas Yacht Club commodore, JP Montegut. Sanpere, Kerr and Flaherty, who placed second in Non-Spinnaker Racing on Nauticayenne, hope to represent the USVI in the Paralympics Games in 2016.

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Some boats leapt into the lead while others strengthened their front-runner status on the third and final day of racing in the 42nd St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), presented by TAG Heuer. The 62-boat fleet, ...

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Round the Rocks and Buoys at St. Thomas International Regatta

Puerto Rico’s Sergio Sagramoso’s Melges 32 leads this one-design class. Credit: Dean Barnes

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Round-the-buoy and round-the-rock courses tested the talents of seasoned sailors and weekend warriors alike on the second day of racing in the 42nd St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), presented by TAG Heuer. The 62 yacht ...

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Wild Racing on Day 1 at St. Thomas International Regatta

The crew of Dark Star, a J/105 owned by Jonathan Lipuscek, look as if they were swallowed by a wave while racing down the south side of St. Thomas to Charlotte Amalie Harbor.
Credit: Dean Barnes

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Spectacular broaches, inadvertent jibes, man overboard rescues and crazy capsizes created a dramatic start to the 42nd St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), presented by TAG Heuer. Some of the 62 yachts sailing in this March ...

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62 to Battle at St. Thomas International Regatta

Sailors gather the night before the first start at the St. Thomas International Regatta. Credit: Dean Barnes

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Sixty-two yachts from the Caribbean, U.S. and Europe cast off Friday in the 42nd St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), presented by TAG Heuer. Hosted out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club March 27 to 29, ...

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