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Rock City Brewing Company, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits Sponsor Round the Rocks & St. Thomas International Regatta

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Caribbean regattas, especially the tune-up 3rd Round the Rocks Race (RTR) set for March 22 and 45th St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), March 23 to 25, are known for hot competition offshore and cold drinks ashore at nightly parties. Therefore, organizers are pleased to announce that Rock City Brewing Company is the official sponsor of the RTR, while Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits is the official sponsor of STIR with its Skyy Vodka, Avion Tequila and Mt. Gay Rum brands.

“Local businesses such as our good friends at Rock City Brewing and Southern Glazer’s have stepped up to support our regattas despite these incredibly difficult times post-hurricanes,” says regatta director, Bill Canfield. “Rock City’s sponsorship made it possible for us to host the Round the Rocks race and they are providing their fine hand-crafted beer products for Happy Hour on Thursday night, March 22. Southern Glazer’s will be providing free Happy Hour drinks each night after racing for STIR. It fantastic to have such great support from the community.”

Rock City Brewing Company, a 4-barrel, craft brewery in the U.S. Virgin Islands, will feature its Hull Bay Beach Lager and Dumpster Cock VIPA, as well as kegs of other styles of beer to sample. The Hull Bay Beach Lager, named for the laidback beach on St. Thomas’ northside, is refreshing and best enjoyed with a slice of lime. The Dumpster Cock VIPA is a classic West Coast Style IPA (India Pale Ale), has a sweet tropical fruit flavor.

“We are proud to sponsor the Round the Rocks Race. It is a chance for sailors to kick off STIR and for us to showcase our products to local and visiting sailors,” says Joseph Brugos, co-owner and brewer at Rock City Brewing Company.

Sponsorship by Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, a premier global beverage distributor for wines and spirits with offices in St. Thomas, will feature three of its brands.

“Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, Skyy Vodka, Mt. Gay Rum, and Avion Tequila are excited to be sponsoring STIR for the 4th year consecutively. We wish good luck and great sailing to everyone,” says Jennifer Royal, portfolio manager.

#BVIStrong! Overwhelming Support For 47th BVI Spring Regatta

The organisers and supporters of the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival hosted by Nanny Cay have always stood firm and optimistic that the 47th edition of this much-loved regatta would take place over Easter as planned, and so it will. The Regatta will be the first major international event held since Hurricane Irma and Maria devastated the island group last September, and the BVI people have made great strides to re-build lives and get the show on the road.

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The running of the event this year will be a significant achievement for all those concerned. Everyone has worked tirelessly since the devastating hurricanes to ensure that the Regatta, which this year includes an exciting new full moon event offering competitors a chance to race around the beautiful British Virgin Islands, will go ahead.

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The 2018 BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival kicks off with a four-day warm-up, followed by the main three-day regatta from 26th March to 1st April. Nanny Cay, home and host to event for the past 15 years is set to welcome some 60 yachts to the newly located Regatta Village sited in the Outer Marina which was completed in December 2016. This marina was relatively unscathed by the region’s worst natural disaster on record and will be a perfect base for the teams to gather and enjoy the regatta.

Solidarity from sailors around the globe
Competitors this year include a number of regular boats and crews who are keen to show their support, as well as friends of the Regatta from Puerto Rico, Antigua, BVI and other Caribbean Islands who were also affected by the 2017 hurricanes. The event is also thrilled that North American sailors, as well as those from the United Kingdom and Europe will be joining the festivities.

“We have been coming to the BVI for over 20 years and this will be our fifth Spring Regatta,” said owner of Hanse 43 Avanti, Jeremi Jablonski from Cedar Point, CT, USA. “We were one of the first boats to arrive back at Nanny Cay last November and to witness the devastation after Irma. We were also the first to sign up for this year’s event as we love the BVI and we are competing to show our support to our local friends.”

Jeremi Jablonski, Hanse 43, Avanti @Ingrid Abery

Peter Steinkogler’s team on X-41 Godspeed from Union Yacht Club Traunsee in Austria is also back. Peter suffered a personal loss last year while competing in the regatta and had to unexpectedly fly home. “This is my second time racing in the BVI Spring Regatta,” he said. “Last year we won our first race before I had to leave, and my crew finished the event without me. This year I’m looking forward to sun, paradise, good racing and a Painkiller or two!” Peter is a 17-times European Austrian Champion in various boats, and Chief Sailing Instructor at Godspeed Sail Racing Academy.

Tony Mack, member of the Royal Southern YC in Hamble UK and current J111 National Champion will be returning for his ninth Spring Regatta on the British J122, Team McFly/El Ocaso. The experienced team have had great success at the event in the past and Mack is looking forward to more great racing this year.

Susan Glenny’s First 40, The Sirens/Olympia’s Tigress, also from the UK will host The Sirens Women’s Yacht Racing team at this year’s BVI Spring Regatta. The Sirens is an established all women’s crew that races in the UK and the Caribbean to provide an opportunity for women to experience competitive racing. “I’m really looking forward to the awesome team we have coming out,” said Glenny.

From Austria, Peter Steinkogler’s X-41 Godspeed will be competing once again. Godspeed won the Guy Eldridge True Spirit and Enthusiasm Award in the 2017 Regatta @ Tim Wright/

Closer To Home
Eddie Brockbank, Director of the BVI Spring Regatta and Sales Manager at Doyle Sailmakers BVI, will be competing on his Corsair Sprint 750 trimaran. “Lucky 7 is certainly living up to her name as the trimaran survived both hurricane Irma and Maria,” said Brockbank whose first BVISR was back in 1988. This will be Brockbank’s first time racing Lucky 7 in the Spring Regatta.

Making it their silver anniversary edition will be Joe San Martin and crew on their much-loved Newick 23′ Teegull trimaran Piglet which astonishingly made it through the Cat 5 hurricanes. From the St Croix Yacht Club, Piglet has raced in nearly every BVISR since the beginning. “Before multihulls gained popularity as racing boats, Piglet sometimes had only Triple Jack (who are good mates!) to race against – it was a David and Goliath situation,” explained San Martin. “St Croix got whacked twice last September, but for the first time in eight major hurricanes, Piglet made it through with only minor damage. We hope to send at least three St Croix competitors to the BVI Spring Regatta which is pretty good considering how few boats we still have!”

Celebrating 25 years at BVI Spring Regatta @ Trimaran Piglet from St. Croix. Photo credit: Ingrid Abery@

Spring Regatta First Timers
Several newcomers to this year’s Regatta include Luigi Miranda’s brand new Grand Soleil 52LC from Vieques, Puerto Rico racing as Estela Racing Team. “The boat was delivered to Italy last August and we sailed it around the Mediterranean for two+ months until it was shipped to the Americas,” said Dalton. “We are looking forward to giving it our best during the competition and to having lots of fun.”

Newly retired David Baker from Bow Mar, CO, USA will be competing for the first time with his wife, son and friends on Team Infinite Beer (Windfall), a Beneteau/Moorings 45.3. “The boat is new to us as we are in The Moorings ownership program,” explained Baker, a J/122 sailor. “It’s twice as long as anything we have ever raced before! We’re looking forward to meeting fellow sailors and racing a boat of this size in the fleet.”

Over 20 Moorings and Sunsail charter boats in CSA bareboat at the 47th BVI Spring Regatta. Photo Credit: Ingrid Abrey@

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Antigua Sailing Week Welcomes New Sponsors – KPMG

Leading professional services company KPMG is unveiled as the newest sponsor of Antigua Sailing Week (ASW) 2018 and the KPMG Race Day, which is the final race day of the 2018 regatta.

KPMG’s offices in Antigua and the wider Eastern Caribbean operate across the region with a specific understanding of the cultural, economic and political facets of each individual economy. In-depth industry knowledge is available through the global KPMG network which provides access to skilled professionals, across a wide range of industry sectors.

KPMG  Partner Lisa Brathwaite said, “KPMG is delighted to be a part of Antigua Sailing Week 2018. We understand the importance of this event to Antigua and the community on a whole and as such we are extremely excited to be on board this year.”

ASW organisers are delighted that this event is so highly valued by corporate entities: “Antigua Sailing Week is entering an exciting phase as it moves into its 51st year and this partnership is testament to the high regard that corporations have for ASW. We welcome KPMG’s commitment and look forward to building a long-term partnership that will enhance the ASW experience for all our participants,” explains commercial director Alison Sly-Adams.

The KPMG Race Day 5 Prize Giving takes place on the lawn in UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nelson’s Dockyard. Branded burgees will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in class for that day’s races. Later that evening the Final Awards Ceremony takes place in the same location and will bring ASW to a close.

ASW 51 takes place from April 28 to May 4 and attracts crews and yachts from across the globe. A fleet of 90 boats are already lined up with six weeks still to go until the start of the Peters & May Round Antigua Race followed by Antigua Sailing Week.

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As The Winch Turns 2018: Day 1

As this beautiful island is still getting back to normal, the excitement of the Bucket is the same as ever. St Barths is a close-knit community that has been working non-stop to be ready for us, and as the sailors and guests arrive, we realize we are part of this special family. Everyone asks in earnest how their island friends are, how their homes survived.

It’s been a long road with some extra bumps in it for sure. Last week a “Surge” with a capital S closed the Port of Gustavia, prohibited ferry service and cargo drop-offs, and caused a paralyzing island-wide phone and internet outage. Port Director Ernest Brin said, “The surge was 3.5 metres at 17 and 19 seconds,” he said, “with the water so high it was hitting our office windows!” Brin is a hands-on kind of guy and doesn’t simply direct Port operations from his place on high; he’s often there to catch a dock line or otherwise lend a personal hand to visiting Buckateers. He even brings flowers every year to the “Bucket girls” who run registration.

The swell also effected J Class Svea. Their race sails and equipment missed getting unloaded on schedule last week when the container ship that was carrying the goods was forced to hold up offshore because of the Surge. Svea warriors tracked it down and made a passage with their J Class yacht to St. Martin on Tuesday to execute an interception. The team unloaded their containers themselves, taking hours to pile high Svea’s deck. The process, in reverse, repeated itself at the docks of the Capitainerie on Wednesday. It was not ideal and didn’t allow for any practice days. Svea and many others were able to resolve the situation. And, Svea won Thursday’s J Class race.

Sails Superyacht loft in Mallorca, were prepping Wisp’s spinnaker for repair in their mobile Bucket loft across the harbor and waiting for sewing machines – due to be delivered three weeks ago – to show up. “We’ve got back-up from the local loft, but it’s very small,” said Downing who thought perhaps his ship might have finally come in at the same time as Svea’s.

Owners, sponsors and other guests enjoyed a strikingly lovely evening Thursday at a private home on the west side of the island. For the 300 or more attending, the chef from Maya’s Restaurant created delectable appetizers while champagne flowed from bottles kept in illuminated bowls. The outer and inner harbor were similarly aglow with lights from the 26 Superyacht chariots that, by day, await those who are fortunate enough to be participating in the Bucket racing and other activities here this week.

Smooth Sailing for Svea

ST. BARTHS (March 15 2018) – In glorious conditions, the 31st edition of the St. Barths Bucket Regatta started today with the elegant and historically significant J Class yachts Svea, Velsheda and Topaz completing two windward/leeward races in a planned four-day series for their class. The Js comprise one of six classes competing here in this beloved international event; the other five are showcasing 23 Superyachts the likes of which few can imagine without photographs or being personally in their presence, such is the spectacle of their pure size, stunning design and miraculous engineering. Those yachts are scheduled to race a coastal course tomorrow (as are the Js) to begin their own separate three-day series.

Today, however, it was all about Svea stealing the show, albeit not with ease. The 47 metre sloop, built to original lines drawn in 1937 for a proposed America’s Cup contender that was never built, crossed the finish line first in both races and also won both races on corrected time, but as a testament to how challenging that was, Topaz (also a replica built to original drawings) and Velsheda (an original J) each also led at some point in the second race, and the three contenders finished that race within 10 seconds (9 corrected) of each other.

“The trick today was keeping things simple and staying out of trouble,” said Svea’s Tactician Charlie Ogletree, USA’s 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist in Tornado class. “Since we haven’t had any practice here, we decided to sail our own race, concentrate on boat speed and not get caught up in other peoples’ games.”

The oscillating 12-15 knots of wind saw Topaz and Velsheda trade turns taking second-place finishes, so with that they are tied on point score at 5 each, with Svea showing 2 points on her scorecard.

Much goes in to the management of Superyacht racing, and as of this regatta, the J Class rating system has changed a bit. When previously the ratings were applied across three wind bands – light, medium and heavy air – now each yacht is rated with a TCF (time correction factor) for every single knot from seven to 20 knots.

“Previously there were significant ‘cliffs’ on the curve for some yachts,” explained J Class Measurer Andrew Yates in a J Class report from yesterday, “occurring for them where the change from one wind band to another occurred. Now this should be smoothed out for everyone.”

Svea received her daily prize this afternoon at the Capitainerie, which serves as regatta headquarters and where, later this evening, sailors will enjoy a Fleet Welcoming Party. Addressing the attendees of the Captains’ Briefing for tomorrow’s races, also held at the Capitainerie, was Ernest Brin, Director of the Port of Gustavia, who has seen many Buckets and has been working especially hard since the hurricanes to ready things for the sailors here. To applause of appreciation he said, “We’ve had our fun in September; You have YOUR fun this week!”

The Bucket fleet will start near the Outer Harbor tomorrow and sail counter-clockwise around the island, wind and weather permitting. Saturday is traditionally reserved for the “Not so Wiggley” Course, around and through the islands to the northwest and west of St. Barths, while Sunday usually sees the fleet sail a clockwise course around the island.

K3 Showcases Newest Product at 45th St. Thomas International Regatta, March 23-25, 2018

K3 Pursuit 20-liter Hybrid Dry Bag Backpack – Front

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Register now and receive a brand new K3 Pursuit 20-Liter Hybrid Backpack. Organizers of the 2018 St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), set for March 23-25, 2018, are pleased to announce the sponsorship of The K3 Company and its newest product as this year’s regatta skipper’s bag.

“K3 is honored to once again be a part of the St Thomas International Regatta,” says Lisa Keogh, managing partner of the Dallas, TX-headquartered company, who grew up sailing and racing catamarans. “We have chosen to highlight our newest 2018 haute product, the K3 Pursuit, a 20-liter hybrid dry bag backpack as part of our sponsor support. The K3 Pursuit backpack offers a premium quick-dry ventilated harness along with high frequency welded air- and water-tight seams to keep your gear safe, dry and shed water in style.”

K3 Pursuit 20-liter Hybrid Dry Bag Backpack – Back

The K3 Company’s support of STIR includes the provision of two other high-quality outdoor marine gear products. One is the K3 PRO-TECH 10-liter dry bag. Built with ultra-rugged construction and water tight seams, this product offers supreme functionality and un-mistakable class for the stylish sailor. The second is the K3 40-liter Excursion Duffle. Derived from tough tarpaulin laminate and a heavy-duty flex base, key features include quick-release ergonomic backpack straps, internal mesh zip pocket(s), an internal zip wet/dry pocket, compression straps, twin haul handles, an external mesh zip pocket, hefty shoulder strap, double stitching, and lockable zipper. It’s definitely the ‘liter of the pack’. These prized products will be awarded to class winners in the Round the Rocks Race, set for March 22, and for STIR.

Something for Everyone

Not a skipper? Not a class winner? No worries! From now through March 31, K3 is offering an exclusive 30% discount as part of its STIR sponsorship. For those in need of travel and/or active gear, please check out the K3 website at: Utilize coupon code STIR2018 @ checkout.

The K3 Company is a global manufacturer and distributor of premium outdoor gear and accessories, and a worldwide leader within the waterproof gear and accessories sector. Through an untiring commitment to innovation and original designs, K3 is recognized internationally for the functional and premium products the brand produces without the lofty price tag. K3 professionals strive daily to push the boundaries with leading edge design, so its customers can push the limits outdoors – on or off the water.

“K3 has been a valuable sponsor of St. Thomas Yacht Club events for the past few years,” says regatta director, Bill Canfield. “It;’ wonderful that they have stayed with us in tough times after the storms. Their waterproof bags are a great addition to STIR.”

Register here.


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