The familiar blue/red/wave-like/M-shaped logo of The Moorings will again be a familiar sight to sailors racing in the 2019 St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), set for March 22-24. Regatta organizers have announced that The Moorings, the world’s premier yacht charter company, with its headquarters in Clearwater, Fla., will sponsor the use of one of its custom-designed catamarans as a committee boat.
“For 50 years, The Moorings has been an integral part of the sailing community in the Virgin Islands, and we are proud to once again sponsor the STIR in 2019,” said Ian Pedersen, marketing manager. “It is an honor to be involved in such a tradition and encouraging to once again see so many sailors from all over the world visit the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.”
The Moorings 514PC is the ideal vessel to act as a committee boat. The vessel’s wide platform allows for plenty of space for the committee to spread out and do their work, while also housing all of the equipment. Additionally, the power catamaran enables the committee to quickly move from point to point while the race is ongoing, ensuring a smoothly run race of all involved. The 514PC has been utilized as a committee boat not only in the STIR, but also in the BVI Spring Regatta, Interline Regatta as well as Grenada Sailing Week in recent years.
“We as the organizers of STIR, hosted at the St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC), would like to thank The Moorings for their many years of continual support for our event. The use of one of their vessels as a committee boat really helps us to do what we are best known for as a regatta. That is, offering top-notch, professionally-run, round-the-buoy and round-the-island races,” said Margo Lynch, STYC commodore and STIR co-director with Greer Scholes.
STIR, celebrating its 46th year, is a globally-recognized regatta renowned for its fantastic racing, first-class race committee and friendly can-do attitude towards its competitors.
Registration is open. STIR 2019 offers classes for CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association-handicap) Racing or Cruising; IRC; ORC; Multihull; Beach Cat or One Design classes with a minimum length of 20-feet. Pay only US $150 until Jan. 31. Entry fees increase to US $300 between Feb. 1 and March 20. Registration for IC24s: US $200, Beach Cats: $200. Register too for the Round the Rocks Race on March 21. To register and to find the NOR, visit: www.stthomasinternationalregatta.com
American, United, JetBlue, Delta and Spirit all fly direct to St. Thomas from cities such as Philadelphia, Washington, Boston, New York, Atlanta, Orlando and Miami. Stay and play. Hotels, B&Bs, resorts, villas, condos and Airbnb’s are open.
BYOB or charter. Several companies offer charter yachts for STIR 2019: www.stthomasinternationalregatta.com/regatta/charter-companies/ Or, charter an IC24 from the St. Thomas Sailing Center ($2,200 for boat with good sails; $2,700 with new sails; (https://stsc.styc.club) for the three-day STIR, practice day and 30-day Bluewater Membership at the St. Thomas Yacht Club, the regatta host.
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