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39th Annual International Rolex Regatta St Thomas USVI

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:

IRC 1 (IRC – 9 Boats)

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. 

Dean

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