New regatta in Dominican Republic

Introducing the inaugural Casa de Campo Regatta 2007 Presidente Cup

Monday January 8th 2007, Author: Sean McNeill, Location: Caribbean
The Casa de Campo Yacht Club and Marina, one of the Caribbean’s most luxurious resorts located in the Dominican Republic, will host the inaugural Casa de Campo Regatta 2007 Presidente Cup, February 6-10, 2007.

Regatta organizers plan to have four divisions. Division A will consist of one-design classes. Division B will consist of racing sailboats longer than 24 feet in length. Division C will feature performance cruisers, cruisers, bareboats and multihulls. Division D will consist of classic sailboats.

Already 17 entries have been received, ranging from J/24s to a 64-footer. There are also bareboat charters available for those wishing to race but unable to get their boat to the venue.

Racing will be held off Casa de Campo, on the south side of the eastern end of the Dominican Republic. The racecourse will be situated between Isla Catalina to the west and Isla Saona to the east.

"We feel we have one of the most beautiful locations in the Caribbean for racing," said Tony Torres, manager of the Casa de Campo Yacht Club. "The marina is first class and offers all amenities. The resort is beautiful and we’re sure the racing will be outstanding."

Casa de Campo is located on 7,000 acres on the southeastern end of the Dominican Republic. The marina has 400 slips and a 120-ton Travelift. Entrants in the regatta will be provided free dockage between January 15 and February 15.

During the event there’ll be daily musical entertainment and a golf tournament at the Casa de Campo Country Club Golf Course, designed by legendary golf course designer Pete Dye. There are also plans for a gala dinner at the Casa de Campo Golf Country Club.

The five-star resort also has three polo fields, lighted tennis courts, and the only private airport that is serviced by a commercial airline. American Airlines has daily non-stop flights from Miami and San Juan.

"We look forward introducing the world’s top sailors to the Caribbean’s most complete resort," Torres said. "We expect the regatta to become a regular feature on the racing calendar."

The regatta is being partly organized by Force10 Marketing, an integrated sports and event marketing company based in Lymington, England, providing marketing, communications and management services for international events and sponsors worldwide.

For information on the Casa de Campo Regatta for the Presidente Cup, including the Notice of Race and a list of entrants, visit the event website.

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