The K3 Company Onboard as Sponsor of St. Thomas International Regatta, March 27-29, 2020

Enter to earn or place on the podium to win some of the best waterproof gear bags on the planet. Organizers of the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), set for March 27-29, 2020, are pleased to announce an extension to its partnership with USA marine gear and accessory brand, K3. The K3 Company, a global manufacturer and distributor of premium outdoor gear and accessories, will offer its must-have 40-Liter Team K3 Dry Bag as the official STIR 2020 skipper’s bags. What’s more, K3 will provide an array of other premium products, some of which will be awarded to class winners. These include the Icon 15-Liter Sport Dry Bag, K3 20-Liter Poseidon Waterproof Dry Bag Backpack and K3 60-Liter Excursion Travel Duffle Backpack.

World’s Best Waterproof Gear

“K3 is delighted to strengthen ties with STIR and its participating sailors,” says Lisa Keogh, general manager of K3 for North America. “Our new 2020 sponsorship agreement comes as K3 celebrates its 10 year anniversary, the latter four of which we have played an integral support role with STIR and its host St. Thomas Yacht Club. The new 2020 agreement brings the unique design and distinct value of K3 waterproof gear to STIR participants that only K3 can deliver. We look forward to yet another year of competitive racing and comradery in sponsorship of the iconic STIR event.”

The 40-L Team K3 Dry Bag for STIR 2020 skippers features heat welded seams with no zips, thus is impenetrable by water. In fact, a Class 6 Waterproof rating means it floats! There’s a top roll down closure system and optional shoulder carry strap. The Icon 15-Liter Sport Dry Bag is also 100 percent waterproof and right-sized to keep cash, keys, clothes and more both safe and dry. Like the Greek God its named after, the K3 20-Liter Poseidon Waterproof Dry Bag Backpack is built tough yet stylish to protect valuables on land and at sea. Finally, the K3 60-Liter Excursion Travel Duffle Backpack is a trendy sophisticated piece of gear which includes quick release ergonomic backpack straps, internal mesh zip pockets, an external mesh zip pocket and lockable zipper.

“We are happy to welcome K3 back as a sponsor for this year’s STIR. Their skipper’s bags are always a very popular and useful item for any boat captain to use time and time again. Their other bags also disappear quite quickly in our retail store. K3 remains a wonderful contributor to our sport of sailing,” says Bill Canfield, who co-directs STIR 2020 with Pat Bailey.

Register Now for STIR 2020!

STIR, celebrating its 47th year, is a globally-recognized regatta renowned for its fantastic racing, first-class race committee and friendly can-do attitude towards its competitors.

Entries for STIR 2020 so far include the Weston, Massachusetts’ Donald Nicholson’s J/121 Apollo; Riverside, Connecticut’s Oliver Repenning’s XP33, eXhaLe; Antigua’s Pamala Baldwin’s J/122, Liquid; the UK’s Yuri Fadeev’s Beneteau First 40, Optimus Prime; and five one-design IC24s including Chicago, Illinois’s Joe Hummel on Red Dog.

“This year we are chartering an IC24, something smaller and simpler than year’s past. We own a C&C 115 with an asymmetrical spinnaker on Lake Michigan, so this is going to be a change for us. We live in Chicago, so we look forward to getting someplace warm in March and doing some sailing before the season starts here on Lake Michigan. STIR is a fun, friendly, competitive regatta in a beautiful location. It’s well run, with nice people and a yacht club right on the beach. There’s almost always wind, without big waves. Hard to beat!,” says Hummel, a member of the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club, who will race with his wife and daughter as crew.

Register now for STIR 2020: yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=9666. Compete in CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association) Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker; IRC; Multihull; CSA Bareboat; Beach Cat or in One Design classes with a minimum length of 20 feet. Pay only US $150, or 50% off the regular entry fee, between now and January 31, 2020.

Also, sign up for the March 26 Round the Rocks (RTR) race (yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=9665). The course is a circumnavigation of the neighboring 19.6-square mile island of St. John. Entry $50 per boat.

For information, Visit: www.stthomasinternationalregatta.com, Email: [email protected], Call (340) 775-6320. Check STIR out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/stirvi), Twitter @stirvi and Instagram #STIRVI

Carol_Bareuther
Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.