The island’s three yacht clubs are collaborating yet again this year for the Commodore’s Cup in Coral Bay on Saturday, June 23.
The Nauti, St. John and Coral Bay Yacht Clubs are joining together for the eighth annual regatta to benefit the volunteer sailing education program St. John Kids And The Sea.
Sponsored by Cruzan Rum and Budget Marine, the regatta will include classes in pursuit, CSA, PHRF, spinnaker, non-spinnaker, IC-24 and multi-hull.
A skipper’s meeting and pre-race party are scheduled for Friday, June 22, at Skinny Legs in Coral Bay at 6:30 p.m.. Racers looking to get on boats should not miss the meeting.
The racing action starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, from Coral Bay harbor. Entry forms are available at both Connections locations and St. John Hardware.
The excitement continues in the afternoon when the winner of each class jumps in a laser for the final sail-off to crown the overall Commodore’s Cup winner. Don’t miss watching the captains get off their sailing vessels to go head to head in the little lasers.
An awards ceremony is set for Saturday evening at Skinny Legs and management has promised to throw quite a party with live musical entertainment.
Even those without sea legs can join the fun and help support the local KATS program by purchasing raffle tickets to win a new 12-foot hard bottom inflatable Carib and 15-horsepower Yamaha, donated by Off-Shore Marine.
Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and can be purchased at both Connections locations, St. John Hardware, Keep Me Posted and from KATS participants.
St. John KATS provides an invaluable service to the island’s children and relies completely on community support, explained 15-year Rowing and Seamanship Director Jennifer Robinson.
“We are totally non-profit and rely on volunteers and donations,” said Robinson. “It is vitally important to children who live on an island surrounded by water to know and be safe on the sea. Funds are needed to support the children who are on scholarships and maintain our fleet of sailing and chase boats.”
For more information about the eighth annual Commodore’s Cup, call 776-6101.