Sailing yacht KIALOA V International Rolex Regatta St.Thomas, US Virgin Island Photo credit Rolex Ingrid Abery
The Rolex Regatta finished with a thrill or two. Having a number of friends compete who live in the Virgin Islands, I had problems with who to root to win. Every celebration to finish the day’s hard fought sailing victory filled my evenings.
Flying into St Thomas to be hosted at a friend’s home was just the start of my escape from the brisk weather of Canadian breezes I’m used to feeling. My friends and I headed down to the St Thomas Yacht Club to gain some access to see some of the other competitive boats while enjoying a bit of sun and fun. During our numerous sails into the British Virgin Islands, we saw boats utilizing tactics to win a few points in dealing with some of the strong gusts the Caribbean sailors must face when stabilizing their boats for the tactic needed to gain a second or two ahead of a competitor.
Sixty-eight boats with over five hundred sailors representing the best of sailing communities worldwide came to compete with a wide variety of local sailors. This event is the crown jewel of all Caribbean regattas.
The main set of races that I watched were the IRC-1 class. The results are listed below:
1. PowerPlay, TP 52, Peter Cunningham , George Town, CAY
2. Antilope, Grand Soleil 46, Willem Wester , Breskens, Zeeland, NED
3. Mayhem, TP 52, Ashley Wolfe , Calgary, AB, CAN
You may find all of the 2012 Rolex Standings @ http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=517
Our thanks go out to the owner of Crescent Point, USVI for hosting us and a number of our competitors for this event.