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St. Thomas International Regatta’s Prize Timepieces by Cardow Jewelers

by Carol Bareuther on 19 Mar
Beating some of the best race boats in the world is all about time at the St. Thomas International Regatta. Ingrid Abery
Timing means everything in yacht racing. Therefore, organizers of the Round the Rocks Race, set for March 23, and the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), March 24 to 26, are proud to welcome Cardow Jewelers aboard as sponsor of the precision timepieces that will be awarded to class winners.

“The time-honored history of the world’s great regattas has long been associated with the world of luxury, particularly timepieces. As one of the original watchmakers of the Caribbean, we at Cardow Jewelers find it a natural fit to sponsor the St. Thomas International Regatta with Cardow Island Watches as prizes. These unique timepieces and the long sailing tradition in St. Thomas embody both the Virgin Islands’ unique creativity, diversity and craftsmanship,” says Cardow’s Carolina de Lyrot.

The limited-edition timepieces to be awarded as highly-coveted class-winner prizes are from Cardow’s Executive Collection. Three are versions from the Swiss Optima Series: Automatics. These feature the main Virgin Islands – St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, with a Swiss engineered tungsten metal body where the 21 jewel automatic movement sparkles with rubies and sapphires. An additional three styles hail from the Swiss Turbo Series, also feature the trio of Virgin Islands and are highlighted by a tungsten metal with ceramic bracelet and Swiss-crafted movement.



Cardow Jewelers, which is located on Main Street in Charlotte Amalie, is the longest singly owned family jewellery business in the Caribbean and best known as the Flagship Jeweler of the Virgin Islands. Cardow Jewelers is uniquely qualified as being a local retailer, jewellery creator and watchmaker—bringing the exclusive world of luxury to St. Thomas since 1954.

“The St. Thomas International Regatta has long been known as the ‘Crown Jewel of Caribbean Yacht Racing’ and defined by its tradition of time. We are very pleased to continue this custom with acclaimed Cardow Jewelers as our sponsor and hope that the Virgin Islands theme to these timepieces will remind our winners to come back to race next year and bring their friends,” says regatta director, Chuck Pessler.



The St. Thomas International Regatta, now in its forty-fourth year, is a world-class event renowned for its fantastic round the buoys and round the islands racing, first-class race committee, superb shoreside festivities and friendly can-do attitude towards its competitors. Over 60 entries, including a sleek fleet of offshore catamarans, plus one-design C&C 30’s and home-grown IC24s are expected in 2017. Additionally, the second annual Round the Rocks Race, a circumnavigation of the neighboring island of St. John will take place March 23.

Register online here. Both events promise challenging courses, professional race management and island-style hospitality. Register in CSA (Racing or Cruising); IRC; ORC; Multihull; Beach Cat or One Design classes with a minimum length of 20 feet.

The NOR is available online click here. For more information, contact Regatta Director Chuck Pessler at (340) 642-3204 or Email: cpessler@hotmail.com. Check STIR out on Facebook, Twitter @ and Instagram #STIRVI.

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