Royal British Virgin
Islands Yacht Club
The club's new Captain of Sailing, Guy Phoenix, sent All at Sea a calendar of coming events including the BVI Premier's Cup, July 10 and 11, and another race on July 18 with special meaning. "The Manhattan Yacht Club race has been renamed to the Guy Eldridge Memorial Race to honour our late Captain of Sailing. The race is run every year in conjunction with BVI West End Yacht Club and the Manhattan Yacht Club," said Phoenix. (Editor's note: Guy Eldridge died in March after concluding a day of sailing during the 2010 St. Thomas Rolex Regatta. All at Sea's May issue included an incorrectly-identified photo with our Passages entry regarding Guy Eldridge's death; we most sincerely apologize to his family and friends for this error.)
St. Maarten Yacht Club
May 22 saw the first day of the club's Stuyvesant series for Optis and Lasers. The Optimist fleets fleet saw great improvement and competition, with 11 boats on the water (four in Gold fleet and seven in Silver). "In the Laser fleet, we had Harry and Stephane battling each other, which was great to see; we had a new comer in racing John Leone, who enjoyed his afternoon and will improve with every race," the club's newsletter reported. "The LSR fleet had eight boats with two new participants in Hans van Mameren and Claudio Buitenhuis, who enjoyed the racing.
St. Thomas Yacht Club
The club announced recently that, through the efforts of CEO Ed Thomas, The West Indian Company came on board this year to sponsor first place prizes in both Cruising and the Beachcat divisions of the club's international regatta. Commodore William Newbold said, "We approached WICO and Mr. Thomas, and they were very receptive, as they fully appreciate the positive effects these sailing events have on our local economy and worldwide image of our islands."
As a result, four local sailors are on their way to great destinations this year. John Holmberg and his son Kai won the Beachcat division and are using their prize to charter a Hobie Cat and represent the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean and Central American Games in Puerto Rico this July. "I have dreamed all my life of going out and sailing with my son, now I get to do that and also try and bring a medal home for the Virgin Islands," Holmberg said. "Life is good!" John and Kai will be joining a strong VI team supported by the VI Olympic Committee who will sail in five classes at the CAC games.
St. Croix sailors Tony and Ellen Sanpere sailed their yacht, Cayennita, to first place in the cruising division. Tony is celebrating his 70th birthday this year and will be using the prize for a transatlantic cruise home from an autumn trip to Europe. "Tony and Ellen probably hold the record for most Rolex Regatta appearances in a row as they have supported the event loyally for 38 years," reported club manager Bill Canfield.
Next year's St. Thomas International Regatta / International Rolex Regatta will again be sailed the last weekend in March and more information may be gained from the website www.rolexcupregatta.com or directly from STYC at [email protected].
Caribbean Sailing Association
President Cary Byerley recently created the Caribbean Sailing Association page on Facebook, attracting more than 200 members in a short time. "Please invite all your friends to become a member – and we'll really make this free medium work for us. Facebook has over 40 million users – and is free," urged the May CSA Newsletter.
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