24th Annual St. Croix International Regatta
St. Croix, USVI
November 3, 2016
For immediate release
The St. Croix Yacht Club launches the 2016 St. Croix International Regatta with a Free Rum Party at 6 PM on Thursday, November 10th and invites the public to join in the fun. (Thank you, Cruzan Rum.) Guitarist Adrian Rogers will play, and the Galley Kitchen offers great food until 8 PM. Music and festivities continue each evening after the races; the 24th Annual St. Croix International Regatta runs November 11th through the 13th. (See details below.)
Boats from across the USVI, the BVI and Puerto Rico will test their racing skills, many as repeat contenders. Big boats race in the Buck Island Channel while young Optimist sailors compete in Teague Bay. The Yacht Club provides spectacular viewing opportunities as do the many restaurants and beach bars that overlook the east end’s north shore. See Spinnakers, Non-Spinnakers, Rhodes 19s and an IC24, all in top racing form.
“The hot class to watch this year will be the Rhodes 19s,” said Karen Stanton, Vice Commodore of the St. Croix Yacht Club. “We’ll have nine to ten Rhodes racing out there with many of our old time sailors skippering them: Beecher Higby, Scott Stanton, Carl Beckstedt, Manuel Gutierrez, Miles Sperber, and Morgan Dale, among others.”
Keep an eye on Crucian Confusion in the Spinnaker Class. Skippered by Peter Stanton, the boat will be crewed by high school sailors ready to battle Dave Tomlinson on El Shaddai II.
Racing begins on Friday with the standalone Captain Nick Race, honoring former Commodore and founder of the first St. Croix Yacht Club International Regatta—at that time the Mumm’s Cup. It was 1992. Peter Holmberg took first place in the spinnaker class and won his weight in Mumm’s Champagne. A tradition was born! These days, winning regatta skippers (of classes with six or more boats) climb on the great scales and take home their weight in Cruzan Rum. Optimist winners are awarded their weight in sports drink.
Official regatta racing starts Saturday morning and continues through Sunday midday. Awards and weigh-ins follow.
Thursday, November 10—Free Rum Party, 6-8 PM, with music by Adrian Rogers, 6-9 PM.
Friday, November 11—KiKi and the Fire Dancers on the beach with Romanza playing salsa on the Heineken Barge and a Crucian BBQ Buffet, 5 PM-till.
Saturday, November 12—Latin music with “Los Drunk Dumplins” on the Heineken Barge and a Pig Roast Buffet, 5 PM-till.
Sunday, November 13—Music by Llewelln, noon-3 PM. Awards at 3 PM.