International Optimist Regatta set for June 16-22, 2014

Over 100 junior sailors from the Caribbean, U.S. and Europe competed in last year’’s event.
Dean Barnes
Save the date! The 2014 International Optimist Regatta (IOR), Sea Star Clinic and Sea Star Team Race will take place June 16 to 22, 2014.

Three clinic days, team racing and three race days for beginner and advanced sailors alike makes this one of the most instructive and competitive junior sailing regattas. Plus, it’s a great way for Caribbean sailors to get valuable experience on a crowded start line and for visiting sailors from colder climates to tune-up for summer national and continental championships.

The USA’s Romain Screve leads the pack to win the 21st International Optimist Regatta. Credit: Dean Barnes
Dean Barnes
'We are excited for the 22nd International Optimist Regatta at the St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC),' says regatta director, Margo Lynch. 'The opportunity for young Virgin Islanders to sail with and against Optimist sailors from throughout the Caribbean and the world is an amazing opportunity.'

Over 100 8- to 15-year-old junior sailors are expected to attend this St. Thomas Yacht Club- and Virgin Island Sailing Association-hosted and Caribbean Sailing Association-sanctioned regatta.

Register now here

Cost of the clinic is $300 for non-U.S. Virgin Islands’ registrants and $275 for U.S. Virgin Islands’ residents, and includes breakfast and lunch for the three days. Clinic registration closes on May 1st.

Entry fee for the team racing is $160 per team of four sailors. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on June 18th.

The IOR entry fee is $185 before April 15th and $225 between April 16th and June 19th. Final registration takes place June 19, 2014. The entry fee includes an event T-shirt, registration ‘goodie’ bag, and all meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday’s Brunch.

Trophies will be awarded to the top five sailors in each fleet and top three overall. Additional trophies include the Peter Ives’ Perpetual Trophy, the Chuck Fuller Sportsmanship Award and the top female sailor.

For charter boats, contact Alisa Forester, McLaughlin Boat Works, 1 (800) 784-6478, 1 (423) 875-0740, Email:, or Visit: Opti Stuff

For more information, call (340) 775-6320; fax: (340) 775-3600, or Email: Or, for the Notice of Regatta, Registration Forms, information on hotel discounts and other information, visit the St. Thomas Yacht Club website

Please also visit the International Optimist Regatta on Facebook!