Please select your home edition
Edition
Rooster GETSEASMART 728x90

Registration open for 47th St. Thomas International Regatta

by Carol Bareuther 20 Oct 08:18 PDT 27-29 March 2020
St. Thomas International Regatta 2019 © Dean Barnes

Register now and get ready to STIR Up the fun! The St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), set for March 27-29, 2020, is the place to be for world-class racing and the chance to trade tacks and tactics with America's Cup, Volvo Ocean and Olympic crews on the water and off.

What's more, enter the Round the Rocks Race, a circumnavigation of the neighboring island of St. John on March 26, for an extra day of competition. Add the one-stop venue at the St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC) and quintessential Caribbean vibe and it's easy to see how STIR earned its motto, 'We Love It Here' You will too!

"STIR offers the best of Caribbean racing and it is all done out of STYC in Cowpet Bay," says Bill Canfield, who co-directs STIR 2020 with Pat Bailey. "We are known as the 'friendly regatta' as we cater to your needs before and during the event. Join us in March and find out why 'We Love It Here'."

Every one and one-designs are invited

Everyone is invited! STIR 2020 invites CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association-handicap rule), racing, cruising and bareboat classes; IRC; ORC; Multihull, Beach Cats and One-Design classes with a minimum length of 20 feet. Some of the hottest classes will be the one-design. Over 20 IC24s are anticipated to be on the start line for STIR 2020. The fleet of Hobie Waves is growing too.

Owners of the J/121 Apollo are already making plans to race in STIR 2020.

"STIR 2018 was a first for many of the crew on Apollo; what an awesome event," says Denise Bienvenu, who captains the boat for owner and avid racer, Donald Nicholson, of Weston, MA. "I strongly believe that point-to-point racing using a mix of government marks and islands as turning points is such fun. The racing format, the quality of racing, the professionalism of STIR's race officers, the hospitality of the St. Thomas Yacht Club and its members - all this helps to make STIR an event that should be on every Caribbean sailor's schedule."

Two entries that raced last year are looking at logistics for a hopeful 2020 return.

"What we really appreciate about STIR is the regatta's ability to find the perfect balance of very intense racing and fun. We'd love to be back," says Larry Huibers, who helmed Touch2Play, a Reflex 38 owned by Canada's Rob Butler.

Last year, Salt Lake City, UT-based sailor and New York Yacht Club member, Sandra Askew raced her C&C 30, Flying Jenny, in STIR.

"I love St. Thomas. Races are run very well. I'd like to support STIR 2020 if I can," says Askew, who has since purchased a new IC37.

BYOB or Charter

Bring your own boat (BYOB) or charter! Chartering especially makes it easy to fly in, jump on a race-ready yacht and set sail! Over half dozen outfits are offering vessels to charter either by the boat or crew spot for STIR 2020.

One of these is the St. Thomas Sailing Center, with its fleet of IC24s. These highly competitive converted J/24s are available for the 3-day STIR, a practice day and 30-day Bluewater Membership at the St. Thomas Yacht Club. Prices are $2200 for a boat with good sails and $2700 with new sails. To reserve, Email: or call (340) 690-3681.

For something bigger, Antigua and Barbuda-based Ondeck is chartering its Beneteau 40.7 (Ortac) and Farr 65 (Spirit of Juno) for STIR 2020.

"Racing in a Caribbean regatta like STIR is a bucket list item for many people and one that many believe is unattainable, but it is accessible even for non-racers, novices and cruisers looking to step into something new and exciting. Ondeck offers options from whole bareboat race charter to offering individual places. It's wonderful seeing teams' bond and work well on the water and party hard off the water," says Peter Anthony, OnDeck director.

Beyond this, the J/120, J-aguar, is available by the yacht or crew spot from caribbeanraces.com as is the J/122, El Ocaso, from caribbeanyachtracing.com. Charter the Beneteau First 40.7, Escapado, from sailracingacademy.org or either the Beneteau First 47.7 (EH01) or Grand Soleil 43 (Jua Kali) from performanceyachtracing.com There's a race charter for every type of sailor from LV Yachting (lvyachting.com): Swan 80 (Umiko), Volvo Ocean 65 (formerly Vestas 11th Hour), GP42 (Phan), Figaro 3 (production foiling one-design monohull), RP45 (Katsu), JPK 1180 (Sunrise), Sunfast 3600 (Jellyfish), Grand Soleil 50 (Sidney 2), Sigma 38, Beneteau First 40 and TS5 (Blackjack; 52-foot performance catamaran).

Book flights and accommodations now!

Hands-down, STIR is the easiest to reach of all the Caribbean regattas. Host destination, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, welcomes daily non-stop flights on five major airlines from U.S. mainland gateway cities. These include:

  • American Airlines (Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New York and Philadelphia)
  • Delta (Atlanta, New York)
  • jetBlue (Boston, San Juan)
  • Spirit (Fort Lauderdale, Orlando)
  • United (Chicago, Houston, Washington Dulles, Newark)
For accommodations, there are some 2,500 rooms on St. Thomas, including hotels, bed and breakfasts, resorts, timeshares, etc. Plus, approximately 600 villa units and 200 charter yachts on St. Thomas/St. John. Airbnb listings number over 1,000 on St. Thomas. Airbnb ranked St. Thomas its No. 1 destination in 2018. For more information about the U.S. Virgin Islands, visit: visitusvi.com

50% Discount on Registration - Win Free Performance T's

Register now for STIR 2020. Compete in CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association) Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker; IRC; Multihull; CSA Bareboat; Beach Cat or in One Design classes with a minimum length of 20 feet. Pay only US $150, or 50% off the regular entry fee, between now and January 31, 2020.

Early birds can win customized long-sleeve high-performance team shirts! The name of your registered vessel may be randomly drawn to win this highly coveted prize. The drawings will take place October 31, November 30 and December 31

Also, sign up for the March 26 Round the Rocks (RTR) race. The course is a circumnavigation of the neighboring 19.6-square mile island of St. John. Entry $50 per boat.

World-class racing, the chance to trade tacks with America's Cup, Volvo Ocean and Olympic crews on the water and off is what earns STIR its motto, 'We Love It Here' You will too!

For information, Visit: stthomasinternationalregatta.com, Email: , Call (340) 775-6320. Check STIR out on Facebook, Twitter @stirvi and Instagram #STIRVI

Related Articles

USA's Diemar wins 27th Int'l Optimist Regatta
A solid final day game plan proved the winning combination Spot on starts, successfully managing wind shifts and a solid final day game plan proved the winning combination that led 12-year-old Griggs Diemar, from Miami, Florida, to place first overall at the 27th International Optimist Regatta (IOR) Posted on 17 Jun
Team USA Worlds wins TOTE Maritime Team Race
114 junior sailors ready to set sail in 27th International Optimist Regatta Dialing in the right combination of scores proved the secret to success for Team USA Worlds, who won the TOTE Maritime Team Racing Championships on Thursday. The Championships are one of a trio of events sailed this week out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club Posted on 14 Jun
Register for International Optimist Regatta
One week left for the early entry discount! 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 and beginner (Green Fleet) sailors. Posted on 7 May
St. Thomas International Regatta overall
Squalls sent windy curve balls across the courses on the final day Clouds and a couple of squalls sent windy curve balls across the courses set for the 50-plus boats racing in the 46th St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR). STIR, long known as the 'Crown Jewel of Caribbean Yacht Racing' Posted on 25 Mar
St. Thomas International Regatta day 2
Leads lengthened, leads overtaken Some of the 50-plus boats racing on the second day of the 46th St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), stretched their class leads. Others overtook fellow class competitors to jump into the lead. Posted on 24 Mar
St. Thomas International Regatta day 1
A great day of racing for over 50 boats Caribbean perfect sailing conditions spelled a great day of racing for the 50-plus boats competing in the first day of the 46th St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), which takes place through Sunday. Posted on 23 Mar
Blitz, Spirit of Juno win Round the Rocks Race
2019 St. Thomas International Regatta kicks off Friday Ten boats had a great chance to warm up and shake down during today's Round The Rocks race, a one-day circumnavigation of the neighboring 19 square mile island of St. John. Posted on 22 Mar
2019 St. Thomas International Regatta kicks off
A warm-up Round the Rocks Race The scenic and competitive course features a circumnavigation of the 19-square-mile neighboring island of St. John, home of the Virgin Islands National Park. Then, over 50 boats are registered to race in the 46th St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) Posted on 21 Mar
Budget Marine & Marlow Ropes sponsor shirts
For volunteers at the 2019 St. Thomas International Regatta Volunteers are the lifeblood of many Caribbean regattas. This is certainly true of the 2019 St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), set for March 22-24. Posted on 10 Mar
International Optimist Regatta, Clinic & Team Race
Some of the best sailors in the sport are expected to participate Last year, over 100 junior sailors from five nations competed. This year, organizers expect the same number or more as the Optimist World Championships take place less than three weeks after the IOR on the Caribbean island of Antigua. Posted on 2 Feb
North Sails 2019 - NSVictoryList - FooterPandB 2019 Autumn Sale - FooterRS Sailing 2019 - Footer