Please select your home edition
Edition
Doyle Sails 2020 - Redefining Boundaries 728x90 TOP

Registration open for International Optimist Regatta in St. Thomas

by Carol Bareuther 7 May 2019 10:14 PDT 10-16 June 2019
Over 100 junior sailors from several nations participated in the 2018 International Optimist Regatta in St. Thomas © Dean Barnes

Tell your friends! Whether you want to tune up for the Optimist Worlds or learn new tactics for a summer of racing, register now for the International Optimist Regatta (IOR), presented by EMS (Electronic Merchant Systems) Virgin Islands, and the TOTE Maritime Clinic and Team Race, which takes place June 10 to 16, 2019, at the St. Thomas Yacht Club, in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

More specifically, the Clinic happens June 10 to 12, followed by the Team Race, June 13 along with a Parade of Nations and Welcome Party, and IOR, June 14 to 16.

Early entry registration is $275 through May 15; $300 after this date.

Plus, the deadline to reserve charter boats is May 17, 2019.

"We're expecting an even more international regatta this year since sailors from a record 64 countries have entered the Optimist Worlds, in Antigua, which is three weeks after our event. Already we have sailors registered from Antigua, Argentina, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Ecuador, Ireland, Puerto Rico, the USA and all three U.S. Virgin Islands," says Holly Jenkins, regatta director. "In terms of numbers, there should be over 100 Advanced and Green Fleet sailors. We look forward to welcoming these junior sailors, their families, friends and coaches."

The spectacular week of junior sailing kicks off with the TOTE Maritime Clinic, June 10 to 12. Some of the best Optimist coaches conduct on-the-water training sessions instructive on-land debriefs for both Advanced (age-divided Red, White and Blue Fleets) and beginner (Green Fleet) sailors.

"We have some of the top international coaches that work in the U.S., each bringing different aspects and coaching techniques to the clinic," says St. Thomas Yacht Club coach, and Clinic and Team Race organizer, Agustin 'Argy' Resano. "The objective of the clinic will be the trademark it has become known for. That is, focusing mainly on starts and big fleet management."

Over a dozen teams are expected for the TOTE Maritime Team Race, on June 13th. Entry fee for this one-day event is $160 per team of 4 sailors. Registration is available only on-site from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 12th.

"We are honored to again be a part of this wonderful event, which unites youth sailors from several countries each year and allows these sailors to develop skills through sportsmanship that will serve them well in the future. We look forward to continuing hosting the IOR clinics and team race events for many more years," says Reinaldo Seijo, account executive for TOTE Maritime Agency USVI.

The IOR, presented by EMS Virgin Islands, is June 14 to 16. The regatta entry fee includes an event T-shirt, registration 'goodie' bag, and all meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday's Brunch. Early entry registration is $275 through May 15; $300 after this date.

"Boating plays a huge role in our lives here in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Sailing, specifically, provides our young sailors with a discipline that will stay with them for life. Grit, confidence, responsibility...the list is endless. We, at EMS Virgin Islands, are proud sponsors of the IOR and look forward to an exciting event this year," says Cobia Fagan, owner, EMS Virgin Islands.

The IOR is sponsored by EMS Virgin Islands, TOTE Maritime, the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism and K3 Waterproof Gear.

For charter boats, request and confirm online at optistuff.com. Or, contact McLaughlin Boat Works, 1 (423) 875-0740, 1 (423) 875-4040 or Toll Free in the U.S. 1 (800) 784-6478; Email: Deadline to reserve charter boats is May 17, 2019.

For coach boat charters, contact Jenkins:

Traveling to St. Thomas is easy! The following airlines fly direct from major U.S. cities: American (Boston, New York, Miami, San Juan-Puerto Rico), Delta (Atlanta), jetBlue (Boston, connecting through San Juan-Puerto Rico), Spirit (Fort Lauderdale), United (Chicago, Dulles, Newark) and US Airways (Philadelphia, Charlotte). Airlines connecting St. Thomas to the Caribbean include Seaborne Airlines, Cape Air, LIAT and InterCaribbean Airways.

Available accommodations on St. Thomas include hotels, B&B's, resorts, villas, condos, VRBO rentals and Airbnb's. For more information, visit: visitusvi.com and usvihta.com

For more information, call (340) 513-2234, Email: . Or, for the Notice of Regatta, Registration Form and other information, visit the St. Thomas Yacht Club website at styc.club or regattanetwork.com

Related Articles

GBR Optimist Team at the European Championship
First British boy on the podium in 20 years The success of a GBR Junior Sailing Team can be measured in many ways. In any normal year a British boy Santi Sesto-Cosby making the podium at a Europeans for the first time in twenty years might be the headline to a report. Posted on 27 Oct
Optimist Europeans is a great success
Despite challenges in Portorož, Slovenia After only four months of preparation, and with all the Covid-19 protocols to follow and safety measures to comply with, the Pirat Sailing Club in Portorož, Slovenia, successfully brought the 2020 Optimist European Championships to the end. Posted on 25 Oct
Optimist Europeans at Portorož, Slovenia overall
Event called to an early end due to the region being red-listed When we sailed out earlier today, we had no idea this is going to be the last racing day of our European Championship. But due to the Covid-19 in Slovenia and the Coastal region just being red-listed, this type of sports events are being cancelled. Posted on 24 Oct
Optimist Europeans at Portorož, Slovenia day 3
Qualifications completed, finals start Friday Today's third racing day concluded the qualifications of 2020 Optimist Europeans in Portorož, Slovenia. As scheduled, both girls' fleets successfully finished three races today, and the boys' fleets had two, so they're both finishing the qualifying series Posted on 23 Oct
Optimist Europeans at Portorož, Slovenia day 2
Two races for all when the sea breeze fills in The sun greeted the participants of the Optimist Europeans Championship in Portorož early in the morning already, but the sailors had to wait almost until noon before the shore warmed up enough for the sea breeze to kick in. Posted on 22 Oct
Optimist Europeans at Portorož, Slovenia day 1
Light winds and big shifts Tuesday was the first racing day of the qualifying series of the 2020 Optimist European Championship in Portorož, Slovenia. A low breeze of up to 7 knots and shifty wind conditions challenged a fleet of 113 girls and 156 boys. Posted on 21 Oct
Optimist European Championship officially opened
269 sailors from 34 countries taking part in Portorož, Slovenia Moments ago, the IODA flag was hoisted by two Slovenian Olympic sailors Tina Mrak and Veronika Macarol at the Opening Ceremony to mark the official opening of the 2020 Optimist European Championship in Portorož, Slovenia. Posted on 20 Oct
Regional Junior Championships conclude
The young racers were rewarded with blue skies and a brisk wind The second part of the Regional Junior Championships took place this weekend - with sailors, parents and volunteers enjoying safe and fun racing at four regattas around the country. Posted on 28 Sep
Hamble River Sailing Club Optimist Open
A range of events for 58 younger sailors This weekend saw our younger sailors take to the water in a range of events. Firstly there was the annual HRSC Uncle Bob's competition on Saturday, our annual junior event. Posted on 24 Sep
Royal Lymington Yacht Club Junior Race Week
A 'no frills' event for 84 boats and 110 sailors The Royal Lymington Yacht Club's (RLymYC) annual regatta for young sailors took place after months of lockdown within a permitted and controlled sailing environment. Posted on 16 Sep
Doyle Sails 2020 - Redefining Boundaries 728x90 BOTTOMSOUTHERN-SPARS-AGLAIA-SPARS_728X90 BottomOfficial-Collection-Navy 728x90 BOTTOM