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St. Croix Yacht Club Launches CORT Regatta Series

This month, the St. Croix Yacht
Club brings back the CORT series with its 13th Annual International
Regatta on February 18 – 20, 2006.
Look for familiar faces at this U.S. Presidents’ Day holiday
weekend boutique race that promises and delivers an early spring tune-up and a
lot of fun.

“Henry Menin is confirmed as
Chair of the international judges and Bob Phillips
is confirmed as the Primary Race Official,” says Regatta Director Julie
San Martin, who is looking for increased IC-24 participation this year.

“We’re planning a separate course for the IC-24s
inside the reef so they can race large numbers
of short windward-leeward races,” says San Martin, who has lined up
Innovative Communication Corporation as a major sponsor.
The Notice of Race is posted with
registration forms online:  www.stcroixyc.com or call (340) 773-9531.

A St. Croix tradition is the not-to-be-missed Cruzan Rum
Welcome Party on Friday, February 17 at 6 p.m., with plentiful food and the
rocking Xpress Band for dancing.

A separate Valentine Optimist Regatta for kids under age 16
is expected to attract more than 20 junior sailors from the region again in its
3rd year.

CORT, the Caribbean Ocean Racing Triangle series, was last
held in 2003, and now returns with St. Croix,
the Culebra Heineken International Regatta March 17 – 19 and the BVI
Spring Regatta March 31 – April 2.

“We’re hoping to get at least five in each
category that will do the whole series,” says Culebra’s
Angel Ayala, whose island’s IC-24
fleet will be out in force along with big boats and cats.
Sailors joining the three-race CORT
series pay an entry fee of $50 (in addition to fees charged for the individual
races) during registration for the St. Croix
regatta.

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