Picture yourself standing on the prize-winner podium in the Caribbean’s only over-the-water regatta stage and showing your team’s colors! This is your opportunity if you register for the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), March 25-27, 2016 – Now!
“In an effort to encourage early entries, we’re offering a chance for teams that register early to win a chance to outfit their crew with customized long sleeved tech shirts with the boats name on the front,” says regatta director Chuck Pessler.
Simply register for STIR online at stthomasinternationalregatta.com. Pay only US $250 up until January 31, 2016. On the last day of November, December and January, one entry each month will be selected at random from among all entries to date.
“The earlier you register, the more chances you have to win!” says Pessler.
As of November 15th, there are nearly 40 entries. These include two Gunboat 60s – Arethusa and Fault Tolerant, nearly a dozen VXOne’s, ten home-grown one-design IC-24s, and more top racing yachts are registered, with sailors hailing from the Caribbean, U.S., Europe and Australia.
No worries if you can’t bring your own boat or don’t want to sail in a bareboat class. Companies on both sides of the pond have sleek sailing yachts available to charter in St. Thomas. RegattaCharters.Pro, based in Ibiza, Spain, boasts a choice of a TP 52, Farr 60, Maxi One Design 80, VOR 70, Maxi 100, Shamlor 67, Stimson IRC 42, Saona 44, Swan 46, Swan 56, Swan 65 and Swan 90. OnDeck Ocean Racing in Antigua is chartering its First 40.7, Spirit of Athena (equipped with new carbon main and jib) and Farr 65, Spirit of June by the crew slot and its First 40.7 and Fast 42 by the boat. Contact details available at: stthomasinternationalregatta.com/regatta/charter-companies/
No other regatta in the Caribbean offers so many classes and rating rules under which to compete. Teams are invited to enter in Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA); IRC; High Performance Rule (HPR); Multihull; CSA Bareboat; Non-Rater Cruising Class (PHRF-handicap); Beach Cats; and One-Design classes with a minimum length of 20 feet.
The 2016 STIR promises challenging courses, professional race management and island-style hospitality.
STIR 2016 is sponsored by Cruzan Rum and Presidente, distributed by Glazer’s Premier Distributors; and the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism.
For more information and questions, call Regatta Director Chuck Pessler at (340) 642-3204 or Email [email protected] Check STIR out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/stirvi), Twitter @stycvi and Instagram #STIR2016