The Caribbean Racing Triangle (CORT), a three-Virgin Island regatta series, begins Friday, 20 February 2009, with the famous Cruzan Rum party at the St. Croix Yacht Club. The CORT series consists of the St. Croix International – February 20-22, 2009, the Culebra International – March 20-22, 2009, and the BVI Spring Regatta – April 2 -5, 2009.
CORT is a long-running Caribbean tradition, originally sponsored by Sebago, and now sponsored by Cape Air and West Marine, with loads of nifty, and useful, prizes. Inexpensive to enter, at just $50 for the series, this is the best value of the spring sailing season—but you have to show up in St. Croix to enter!
Each event takes place on a different Virgin Island – first US, then Spanish, finishing up in the BVI. On St. Croix, all on-shore regatta activities take place at the Yacht Club, a five-acre beachfront facility in a residential neighborhood. The club’s on-site caterer provides food and beverage service from early morning to late at night. Friday night, there is the famous Cruzan Rum party for all participants, with free rum, food, and live music. There is entertainment at the Club Saturday night and prize giving on Sunday afternoon. Complementary breakfast is provided for sailors on Saturday and Sunday.
St. Croix Racing will take place in two circles. All classes except IC24 and Rhodes 19 will race in the Buck Island channel, around the buoys, as well as the popular Christiansted Harbor course. IC-24’s will race on their own windward-leeward courses in the protected waters of Teague Bay with 3-minute starts and up to 15 races in 2 days – and they can come ashore for lunch between races.
Elsewhere in Teague Bay, the 6th Annual Valentine Optimist Regatta will be run by returning Opti World’s PRO, Ronnie Ramos, from Ponce, P.R. “I intend to get off 15 races during the two days,” confirms Ronnie. The young racers will share the excitement of the St. Croix International Regatta, but will have their own tent for meals, snacks and socializing.
CORT announcement submitted by the St. Croix Yacht Club