St Thomas Rolex

Annual regatta kicks off today

Friday March 28th 2003, Author: Barby MacGowan, Location: United States
It may be the Caribbean, but that doesn't mean sailors will be laid back tooday when they hit the starting line at the 2003 International Rolex Regatta in St. Thomas, USVI. Tough competition, warm Caribbean breezes, blue-water courses and a mix of island culture and energy will be on tap from March 28-30 for the annual event, which this year celebrates its 30th year.

Before the close of registration Thursday evening, over 90 boats had signed up. Winners in each of the classes, which include spinnaker racing, spinnaker racing/cruising, non-spinnaker racing, IC24, J/24 and beach cats, will be awarded a Rolex timepiece.

"This is one of the three greatest regattas in the world for me," said Bill Alcott of Detroit, Mich., the owner and skipper of an Andrews 68 named Equation, who also counts Key West and Block Island Race Weeks among his favorites. "I wouldn't miss it for anything." Alcott, who has competed in the regatta since the early '90s and most recently won in 2001, will go head-to-head with another perennial competitor Jim Muldoon of Washington, DC, aboard his custom 72 Donnybrook. "Donnybrook is bigger than us, but that doesn't mean we can't give them a battle," said Alcott. Missing from the over-50 foot action will be Tom Hill of Puerto Rico, who has sailed to victory more than once aboard his various boats named Titan. The newest Titan XII was meant to compete but has been delayed in its construction.

"This is a pure racing regatta with few if any charter boats," said Regatta Director Ruth Miller. "With top-notch racing and stellar shoreside parties and activities, the 30th International Rolex Regatta is certain to be memorable."

The bulk of the fleet will be comprised of mid-size boats ranging from 24 to 45 feet, with a large contingent of beach cats and IC-24s rounding things out.

The beach cat competition will benefit from an influx of talent from stateside, including three-time North American Tornado Champions Jay and Pease Glaser (Long Beach, Calif.) and two-time Worrell 1000 Champions Brian Lambert (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.), and Jamie Livingston (Miami, Fla.). Puerto Rico's designated 2004 Olympic Tornado team of Enrique Figueroa and Jorge Hernandez will have to size up against USVI's Olympic Tornado hopefuls Terry Jackson and Morgan Avery.

The IC24 class will be packed with local talent, including last year's winning tactician Chris Rosenberg aboard Old and Gray. Introduced to the regatta in 2001, the IC24 is constructed from an old J/24 hull with a new deck mold not dissimilar to the Melges 24. The result is a yacht that is relatively high performance, very inexpensive and more comfortable to sail than a J/24.

Entries by country

USVI (34)
Aerie, Crealock 36.9, David Boaz, St. Thomas, USVI
Anchorheart, IC24, Sandy Sunderland, St. Thomas, USVI
Arawa, Columbia 50, Douglas DeCluitt, St. Croix, USVI
ATN, J/27, M. Compton, St. Thomas , USVI
Big Bamboo, Prindle 19, Eric Johnson, St. Thomas, USVI
Blame It On Rhea, Prindle 19, Mark Chong, St. Thomas, USVI
Boat Drinks, IC24, Bill Canfield, St. Thomas, USVI
Broken Drum, J/29, Jack Bishop, St. Croix, USVI
Caribbean Auto Mart, Inter 20, Thomas Ainger, St. Croix, USVI
Century 21, Olympic Tornado, Terry Jackson, St. Thomas, USVI
El Shaddai, J/24, Jeff Fangmann, St. Croix, USVI
Far Cry, Clipper 31, Herve Chassin, St. Thomas, USVI
Green Boat, IC24, Aquilar/Hindels, St. Thomas, USVI
Harper's Express, Hobie 17, Harper Jones, St. Croix, USVI
Hirondelle, Rhodes 29, Neil Newhart, St. John, USVI
Keen Edge, Formula 28, Keith Keen, St. Thomas, USVI
Lost Horizon, Olson 30, James Dobbs, St. Thomas, USVI
Love Never Fails, Inter 17, Bruce Andryc, St. Croix, USVI
Magnificent 7, J/27, John Foster, St. Thomas, USVI
Mareva, Swan 39, Chris Behan, St. John, USVI
Matador, J/29, Jack Keniley, St. Thomas, USVI
Moderation, IC24, Barnes/Masiello, St. Thomas, USVI
No Expectations, IC24, Geoff Miles, St. Thomas, USVI
Old Navy, IC24, Nick Bailey, St. Thomas, USVI
One Love, IC24, Paul Stoeken, St. Thomas, USVI
Red Dog, IC24, Mark King/Chris Rosenberg/Mike Williams, St. Thomas, USVI
Stinger, IC24, John Holmberg, St. Thomas, USVI
Tempest, Beneteau First, John Haracivet, St. Thomas, USVI
Top Cat, Nacra 5.5SL, St. Thomas, USVI
Uncle Sam, Beneteau 33, Sam Laing, St. Thomas, USVI
Voila, IC24, Tracy Roberts, St. Thomas, USVI
Whippet, Jenneau 39, William McConnell, St. Thomas, USVI
Wind Flower, Alberg 35, Stan Joines, St. Croix, USVI
Winds Glory, Cstm 30, Paul Davis , Sloop, St. Thomas, USVI

Puerto Rico (22)
Lolo Too, Hobie 16, Anton Guernica, San Juan, PUR
Abracadabra, J/105, Carlos Camacho, Guaynabo, PUR
Buscando A Malen, J/105, Domingo Pagai, San Juan, PUR
Casper, Hobie 16, Ricardo Gonzalez, San Juan, PUR
Don Q Limon, Melges 24, Enrique Torruella, Guaynabo, PUR
Dona Aurora, J/24, Robert Newland , Caguas, PUR
Exodus/Ensysa, Hobie 16, Enrique Figueroa, San Juan, PUR
Guilt Tripp, Tripp 26, Mariano Richiusa, Guaynabo, PUR
Haz-Mat, Hobie 16, Carlos Gonzalez, San Juan, PUR
HF Mortgage Bankers, Hobie 16, Ibrahim Mustafia, San Juan, PUR
Kosaloka, Olson 30, Enrique Gonzales, PUR
Movie Star/Suzuki, Olympic Tornado, Enrique Figueroa, San Juan, PUR
Nemesis, Hunter 42, Edwin Romeo, Fajardo, PUR
Orion/Coors Light, J/24, Fraito Lugo, Ponce, PUR
Poco A Poco, Pearson Flyer 29.9 , Agustin Rodriguez, Carolina, PUR
Sun Bum, J/80, Angel Ayala, Carolina, PUR
Tax Return, J/24, Carlos Feliciano, Caguas, PUR
Umakua, Johnston 34, Papote Reguero, San Juan, PUR
Urayo, J/24, Gilberto Rivera, PUR
Water Fit, Hobie 16, Dennys Junco, Carolina, PUR
Yuisa, Hobie 16, Rosarito Martinez, Carolina, PUR
XX-TU, J/24, Juan Jose Mari, San Juan, PUR

Other Islands (11)
2 Contact Carib, Melges 24, Frits Bus, Phillipsburg, St. Maarten, AHO
Caccia Alla Volpe, Cstm 44, Carlo Falcone, Antigua
Cold Beer 3, Tartan Ten, John Schultheiss, Tortola, BVI
Crowley Shipping, IC24, Michael Hirst, Tortola, BVI
Dehlerious, Dehler 34, Bungie Flynn, Tortola, BVI
Generation, J/29, Christopher Juredin, Tortola, BVI
Green Clothing Co. UK, Melges 24, Andrew Thomson, Tortola, BVI
Mistress Quickly, Melges 24, Guy Eldridge, Tortola, BVI
Pipe Dream , Sirena 38, Peter Haycraft, Tortola, BVI
Slam, Melges 24, Robbie Ferron, St. Maarten, AHO
Willy T, Olson 30, K. Rowlette, Tortola, BVI

USA (19)
Igoodia, Jeanneau 52.2, Milt Baehr, Incline Village, Calif., USA
Donnybrook, Cstm 72, James Muldoon, Washington, DC, USA
J. Doe, J-30, Cynthia Ross, Marina Del Rey, USA
Joie de Vie, Beneteau 42s7, Ralph Putnam, Grapevine, Texas, USA
Impulse, Nacra 6.0, Garrett Norton, Belmont, Mass, USA
Hinzite, Charles Hinz, Frers 45, Minneapolis, USA
Equation, Andrews 68, Bill Alcott, Detroit, Mich., USA
Cover Shot, Cstm 33, Roger Webb, Miami, Fla., USA
Cracker Jack, Olson 40, Seedall/Johnston, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Cosmic War Lord, Express 37, Mick Shlens, Palos Verdes Est., Calif., USA
Monhegan, Martin von Breems/ Team Motis, J-44, Norwalk, Conn., USA
Rhumb Squall, Antrim 27, Thomas Mullen, Campton, NH, USA
Sky, Swan 53, Jim Reiher, Quogue, NY, USA
Soul Surfer, Jim Stone, Inter 20, Belvedere, Texas, USA
Team Tropical Shipping, Nacra F18, Pease Glaser, Long Beach, Calif., USA
Yellow, Nacra 6.0, Richard Bliss, Mansfield, Mass., USA
Old And Gray, IC24, Pepe Sanchis , Ft. Lauderdale, USA
Wildflower, Sabre 402, Ron Noonan, Marion, Mass., USA
USS Enterpoop, Hobie 17, Stephen Acquart, San Antonio, Texas, USA

United Kingdom (9)
Cornix III, Sun Fast 37, Roger Raven, Manchester, UK
Flirt, Cstm 49, Richard Matthews, Ipswich, UK
Hullabulloo, Beneteau 42s7, Phillip Allen, Southampton, UK
Jahazi, J/120, John Thompson, Suffolk, UK
Natural Magic, Beneteau 42s7, David Cook, Hull, UK
Serendip, Prima 38, Craig Dymock , London, UK
Spirit of Juno, Farr 65, Formula 1 Sailing, Gosport, UK
Tingum, IC24, Garry Tarpin, Jersey, UK
Whippa Snappa, Sigma 33, Richard Puddifoot, Sway, Hants, UK

Spain (1)
NOA X-Base, IMX45, Soren Holst Thomsen, Palma de Mallorca, ESP

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