St Thomas Rolex regatta

News about next year's Virgin Island knees-up

Tuesday October 15th 2002, Author: Barby MacGowan, Location: United States
Returning to the Caribbean racing calendar with its unique blend of island-style hospitality, competition and camaraderie, the St. Thomas Yacht Club’s International Rolex Regatta will celebrate its 30th year in March, 2003.

Racing dates for the annual three-day event starting on Friday, March 28 scheduling it well ahead of its traditional Easter weekend slot, which this year falls in late April.

New Regatta Director Ruth Miller, a veteran racing sailor and national sailing judge who has lived in the St. Thomas/Red Hook area for 10 years and has been the Secretary at the St. Thomas Yacht Club for three years, is capitalising on this year’s timing as well as 30 years of tradition to crank up the competition on the water and the fun ashore.

“This regatta has never been one to rest on its laurels,” said Miller, who also has sailed in every International Rolex Regatta since 1992 and was on a class winner (IC 24) in 2002. “With three decades of history, we have an excellent reputation to uphold, and this year, we looked at how we could blend the old with the new to make the 30th International Rolex Regatta really stand out.”

Miller said she and her committee are working hard to increase the number of big boats and give owners all the tools they need for making well-laid plans, including arranging some special hotel, dockage and shipping rates. They also are bringing back professional Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio to run the races. Reggio was the Principal Race Officer at the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Series for the
America’s Cup in New Zealand. Serving as Chief Judge at the International Rolex Regatta will be Arthur “Tuna” Wullschleger who has done so at the regatta for 21 years and is known as one of international sailing’s top international judges.

On-site at the club, a new Rolex Village will be the staging area for live bands and serve as the rendezvous area for dancing and nightly awards. As the official kick-off for a full schedule of social activities, sailors will enjoy a Cruzan Rum “Voodoo Juice” Welcome Party on Thursday, March 27.

The Ritz-Carlton Club, St. Thomas will provide daily awards on Friday, before hosting an owner’s cocktail party at its elegant nearby facility, while Cruzan Rum will provide the awards on Saturday. The Rolex prize giving and 'Taste of St. Thomas' farewell party will take place Sunday at the Rolex Village, where - in keeping with the best tradition of all - a Rolex watch will be awarded to the winner in every class.

Denis Comment, a long-time supporter of the International Rolex Regatta and the Caribbean and Central American representative for Rolex SA, is the event’s Honorary Chairman. Other regatta committee members are Bill Canfield (Trophy/Awards); Tahra Richardson (Entertainment); Bob Cockayne (Sponsors); Dick Skeffington (Race Equipment); Nancy Firestone (Club Manager); Don Chandler and Jim Jamison (Web site/IT); Jim Phelan (Beverage/Bar); Lyn Reid (Registration); Rob Schreiner (Dockmaster); Susan Chandler (Committee Desk) and Grace Martin (Merchandise Sales); Shep Barrows (Race Committee), Kim and Ezzy McCall (Food), Karen Rice (Treasurer).

For more information, contact St. Thomas Yacht Club at 340-775-6320, or Regatta Director Ruth Miller at 340-774-3883 or Rolexregattadir@styc.net.

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