Jolly Harbour Yacht Club of Antigua
Jolly Harbour Yacht Club of Antigua reports that their annual December Regatta will be run this year as the JHR Caribbean Annual Regatta over the weekend of December 8 and 9. A series of five races are set off Jolly Harbour and inside Five Islands Harbour. Regatta headquarters will be Jolly Harbour Golf Club where registration and skipper’s briefing take place from 6 p.m. on Friday, December 7. The Golf Club remains the venue for the Regatta Party on Saturday night, with supper and live music, and prizegiving on Sunday. Entry fee is EC$150 per boat and each entrant will receive a free case of beer. Skippers will be racing for the “JHR Caribbean Cup” for the overall winner plus 1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes in each of four classes.
Budget Marine will be title sponsor for the club’s 16th annual Valentines Regatta that will be held at Jolly Harbour on the week end of February 16 and 17, 2008. This long running regatta has provided superb short course, flat water racing to many Antiguan and visiting sailors since the very first year that Jolly Harbour opened up as a manmade harbour. Typically the courses involve a start off the entrance of Jolly Harbour and windward leeward legs in Five Islands Harbour. Provision will be made this year for a longer, less frenetic course for cruising boats on a more sedate course if sufficient entries are received. Last year some complaints were received that sailors had no time to catch their breath and their beer spilled too often. The major social event on the Saturday night will take place at the Jolly Harbour Golf Club. Prize giving takes place in the late afternoon of Sunday. For Registration email Cary Byerley at email@example.com.
For more information on both events: www.jhycantigua.com.
St. Croix Yacht Club, USVI
Lots of news from St. Croix this month: the club will be hosting an invitational TEAM Racing Event Dec 1 & 2 for up to five teams consisting of six members—three 420’s per team with two team members on each boat. Most of the event will be sponsored by VISA (Virgin Island Sailing Association.)
The St. Croix club has created a new position and hired Krista Siino as Waterfront Coordinator. Sino sailed competitively in high school and college and has had experience in program development with past jobs at other yacht clubs. She is a US Sailing Level 2 Certified Instructor with her US Coast Guard Master’s License.
Member Pete Allen took French Kiss up to the BVI and won second place at Foxy’s Cat Fight as Tropical Storm Noel went by the last weekend of October.
“Had a tough, interesting crossing, got very lucky with several squall lines. Miss Kiss was totally reefed down and still moved 8-9 knots with occasional 10-11 knot surges. Whew! What a ride. Tired, wet Saturday morning. Only one race, the big one going around sandy Key to Big Thatch then back to mark & committee boat. Took about two hours to do, we made it without any rain-Hurrah! Six boats entered. Kiss got a lot of attention for how she sailed, we were the shortest boat at 32′. We won a dinner for two with wine at Foxy’s barbecue. Also won a fifty dollar gift certificate at Jolly Roger at Sopers hole. Sure made up for the $30 entry fee,” said Allen.
St. Thomas Yacht Club, USVI
The St. Thomas club also has a new staff member, instructor Jessica Murphy, originally from Hull, Mass, where she began sailing at the age of three. During college she became certified to instruct through US Sailing and taught on Lake Champlain with the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, a not-for profit club in Burlington, VT. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree from Champlain College, Jessica moved to the VI in order to pursue a career which would utilize her experience as a sailor as well as her ability to work with young people in an active environment, club manager Bill Canfield reports.