Best of Luck- Olympic Games 2020 Caribbean Participants

We have  a few of our member countries participating in the Olympic Games 2020 for sailing. We want to show our support by saying good luck to all in their individual event.

Country: Antigua and Barbuda
Name : Jalese Gordon
Event: Laser Radial

Country: St. Lucia
Names: Luc Chevrier & Stephanie Lovell
Event: Laser & Laser Radial

Country: Puerto Rico
Names: Enrique Figueroa & Gretchen Ortiz
Event: Mixed Multihull – Nacra 17 Foiling

Country: Trinidad & Tobago
Name: Andrew Lewis
Event: Laser

Sailing Instructor Vacancy St. Maarten Yacht Club


Position description:
The SMYC is looking for a dynamic, young professional to join the team as a sailing school instructor for 40 hours per week. Main responsibilities consist of running the sailing school program, developing youth sailing on island, growing the assistant instructor program and assist in regatta management.

– Plan and run sailing lessons for youth sailors ages 7 – 18 at the St Maarten Yacht Club Sailing School (SMYC Sailing School), from beginners to racers in Optimist, Lasers, Laser Picos and RS Quests.
– Provide feedback to parents on progress youth sailors
– Run Adult sailing classes
– Run private classes for adults and children.

Coaching Assistants:
– Assist with running instructor course in summer.
– Schedule assistants.
– Coach and supervise assistants during their lessons and activities.
– Keep track of progress of assistants.

Fun Sailing:
– Plan and execute summer camp in June/July/August
– Plan and execute Fun and Adventure Sails (Saturday afternoon activities)

– Ensure all boats, rigs and equipment are cleaned and stored properly after lessons and events
– Ensure that the docks and sailing school areas are kept clean and clear of debris and garbage at all time.
– Maintain the organization and cleanliness of the work shop, 2nd container and sail storage.
– Ensure all boats and equipment are maintained properly and kept in good condition
– Maintain a maintenance list, recording breakages, repairs, etc. daily with students.
– Report maintenance issues to Managing Instructor/General Manager

Other duties:
– Assist where necessary with St Maarten Heineken Regatta preparation and execution
– During Yacht Club events; support and accompany sailors on the water + supervise and assist on shore committee (volunteers)
– Assist in organizing and planning Yacht Club events.
Includes working on weekends

Strong Sponsor Support Enhances MVP Program with 6 new sailboat, Learn to sail opportunities available to Virgin Island Students

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Strong sponsor support enabled the Marine Vocational Program (MVP) to enhance its ability to teach students marine skills such as sailing with the donation of six sailboats as part of the MVP’s Happy Island Sailing Club. The vessels, one Flying Scot and five Optimist dinghies, are key craft in teaching 10- to 18-year-old students all points of sail, enabling them to learn to sail the craft themselves. The donation of these sailboats proved the successful outcome of a six-month campaign in which sponsor support came in waves.

Photo: Dr. Henry Smith, right front, and students learn to sail a Flying Scot. Courtesy MVP Program

The six-month fundraising, vessel acquisition and ultimately instructional campaign, named the Happy Island Sailing Club, kicked off in January when sponsors Heavy Materials, the Lana Vento Charitable Trust, the Prior Foundation, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, Seven Seas Water and Ken Morton sponsored the purchase of a 19-foot Flying Scot, named Melody, and its shipment to St. Thomas from Miami in February. The design was chosen since it can easily be sailed by 2 to 6 students, is shallow draft ideal for the MVP’s training venue in the Mangrove Lagoon and can be sailed with a spinnaker giving students another level of education in the craft. It’s also a solid design, which was inducted into the American Sailboat Hall of Fame, is supported by a strong class association with nearly 120 fleets throughout the U.S.

In April, Dr. Henry Smith, a well-respected and longtime member of the faculty and staff of the University of the Virgin Islands and Flying Scot owner himself, came aboard as the volunteer Flying Scot instructor. After-school sailing lessons were added on Thursdays, in addition to the MVP’s Saturday classes.

April also kicked off the Happy Island Sailing Club’s ‘Name Your Boat’ campaign. This offered sponsors the chance to purchase one of the nearly new 8-foot Optimist dinghies the U.S. builder transported to St. Thomas in June for charter for the St. Thomas Yacht Club’s International Optimist Regatta. Five doners, Blumenfield, IGY American Yacht Harbor, IGY Yacht Haven Grande, XO Bistro and Sudi’s at Sapphire Village, stepped up to provide the MVP Program and its students a fleet of five vessels. The 8-foot, single-sail, single-handed Optimist dinghy is sailed in over 120 countries and is an ideal learn-to-sail vessel for sailors under the age of 15.

Photo: MVP student Ashayla Haile stands with the program’s five new Optimist dinghies. Courtesy MVP Program

The MVP took delivery of the five Optimist dinghies on June 26. That same day, students had a one-on-one opportunity via ZOOM to talk with and ask questions of St. Thomas native, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Nikki Barnes, who got her start in the Optimist and will represent Team USA in Sailing in the Women’s 470 at the Olympics this summer in Tokyo. Barnes also spoke with the students about career paths in the U.S. Coast Guard.

“We will make announcements soon for parents to sign their children up for sailing lessons,” says Captain Jimmy Loveland, a long-time Virgin Islands resident and MVP founder. “These lessons will be offered separately from our vocational training efforts. HISC ‘Learn to Sail’ memberships, with modest fees, will be sold in 2-hour blocks of sailing time on Sundays and holidays. We expect the program to expand to include races parents and sponsors can both watch and cheer. We hope that not only will the introduction of this sailing club help to bring in revenues for the MVP’s training programs, but also recruit new vocational students and sponsors.”

Photo: MVP Students, Parents and Instructors speak with St. Thomian and Olympic sailor, USCG LT Nikki Barnes (on Zoom via computer in middle). Courtesy MVP Program

The MVP program became a U.S. IRS 501 (C)-(3) Non-Profit organization in 2015. Loveland’s idea is that by offering the island’s young people the required training and skills, they can attain a lucrative and potentially lifelong vocation in the U.S. Virgin Islands’ marine and marine hospitality industries. As such, the MVP recruits grade school, middle school and high school age boys and girls from local organizations. Hundreds of young people to date have learned to swim, dive, snorkel, kayak, fish, operate a powerboat and sail through this program, all at no cost to them or their families. For more information about the MVP and how to donate, call (340) 626-4414, email: or visit:

Media contact:
Carol Bareuther
Tel: (340) 998-3650

USVI Krygsveld Wins 28th International Optimist Regatta

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Fourteen-year-old Tanner Krygsveld focused on maintaining his lead as he started the third and final day of racing in the 28th International Optimist Regatta (IOR), hosted at St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC), June 18 to 20. The St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands sailor led the event from the first day, and despite a strong field of fellow competitors representing 6 nations – Antigua, Canada, the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S.A, and all three U.S. Virgin Islands – and winds 15- to 18-knots, Krygsveld finished the day’s first race in second and ultimately won the 10-race regatta by 16 points. This makes Krygsveld the third U.S. Virgin Islander in the IOR’s nearly three-decade history to champion the event, with Cy Thompson, Teddy Nicolosi and Mia Nicolosi having done so in 2000, 2015 and 2016, respectively.

“Congratulations to the winning skipper of this year’s International Optimist Regatta. These young sailors are the future of the sport, and I am proud to celebrate and support their accomplishments. I also commend the St. Thomas Yacht Club for another seamless sailing event and for ensuring that public health protocols were followed. We look forward to welcoming participants and visitors to the Regattas and marine events for the remainder of the year,” says Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte.


Krygsveld’s first place also put him at the top of the 13- to 15-year-old Red Fleet.

“The thought I had going into today was to maintain my lead. There were two races left, so I thought if I could lead the first one, I could relax on the second and that’s what happened. I actually finished 19th in the last race after I fouled another sailor at the start and to take a 720-penalty turn,” says Krygsveld, who travels to Lake Garda, Italy, with his fellow USVI Optimist teammates to compete in the Optimist World Championships, June 30-July 10.

Of note is that Krygsveld is the only sailor in this event’s history to win the IOR, the TOTE Team Race, and the Volvo Race held after the TOTE Clinic held earlier in the week.

Fellow Red Fleet sailor, 14-year-old Sophia De Leon Urban, from Miami, FL’s Coral Reef Yacht Club, earned the Top Female award. De Leon Urban finished 7th in Red and 10th overall.

“I try not to think I’m sailing against the boys, but that they are just other competitors. It’s getting past that and sail fast,” says De Leon Urban.

In the age 11- to 12-year-old Blue Fleet, 12-year-old Alfonso Lanseros, representing the Coral Reef Yacht Club, finished first and third overall.

“This was the second time I’ve sailed in St. Thomas. That experience helped me to know the conditions and what to do in the waves, winds and currents,” says Lanseros.

Rounding out the Championship Fleet, 10-year-old William Michael from Austin, TX, who sails with the Lakewood Yacht Club, topped the age 10- and under White Fleet.

“I’ve experienced this much wind before, but not this big of waves,” says Michael, speaking of the 4- to 6-foot seas off the south side of St. Thomas where racing took place. “In the Clinic, I learned to hold my spot on the line in a lot of wind, and that helped during the regatta.”

Meanwhile, it was 12-year-old Juan Gonzalez, from Salinas, PR, sailing for Club Nautico de San Juan, who won the Beginner Green Fleet after a total of 18 races.

“It was very windy, and the winds variated a lot. I liked it. My goal was to start between the middle and the pin end of the line because that’s where there was the most wind,” says Gonzalez.

In other awards, it was Florida’s Isabel Veiga, from Lauderdale Yacht Club, who earned the Pete Ives Award, given for a combination of sailing prowess, sportsmanship, determination and good attitude both on and off the water. Connecticut’s Avery Beck, from Indian Harbor Yacht Club, earned the Chuck Fuller Sportsmanship Award.


The 7- to 14-year-old sailors started the week by training in the three-day TOTE Clinic held June 14 to 16.

The Clinic was run by top local and international coaches: Esteban Rocha (Lauderdale Yacht Club), Manny Resano (California Yacht Club), Mike Dowd (Lakewood Yacht Club), Bernat Gali (Lakewood Yacht Club), Omari Scott (Coral Reef Yacht Club), Chris Craven (Coral Reef Yacht Club), Mykel Alonso (Coral Reef Yacht Club), Roberto Fabini (Lake Ontario Optimist Team), Martin Borrallo (Southern Yacht Club), Koky Gutierrez (Coconut Grove Sailing Club), and from St. Thomas Yacht Club: Argy Resano, Rayne Duff and Mateo Di Blasi.

The one-day TOTE Team Racing Championships took place, June 17. Out of 16 teams, the winner was Team CRYC Spectra. Team members are Alfonso Lanseros (Miami, FL), Sophie De Leon Urban (Miami, FL), Will Barnhart (Miami, FL), Sebastian Johan van de Kreeke (Miami, FL) and Tanner Krygsveld (St. Thomas, USVI).

The IOR was organized under the authority of the Virgin Islands Sailing Association, and it is a Caribbean Sailing Association-sanctioned event.

This year’s event followed an eco-friendly theme. Sailors were encouraged to recycle all plastic water bottles, use the reusable water bottle in the goodie bag throughout the regatta, keep all lunch bags and wrapping out of the water, pick up any trash on shore and accept drinks without straws.

The IOR is sponsored by the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, TOTE Maritime, K3 and MSI.

For more information, call (340) 513-2234, Email:, or visit

Results are available at:

Please also visit the International Optimist Regatta on social media!, @internationaloptiregatta



1. Tanner Krygsveld, St. Thomas, USVI (26)

2. Richard Sykes, CT, USA (42)

3. Will Barnhart, FL, USA (54)

4. Jose Guillermo Diaz, PR (76)

5. Gian Marco Piovanetti, FL, USA & PR (89)



1. Alfonso Lanseros, FL, USA (51)

2. Beck Brill, FL, USA (91)

3. Emilio Bocanegra, FL, USA (101)

4. Kyla Benesch, FL, USA (188)

5. Diego Ewinger, ANT (200)



1. William Michael, TX, USA (319)

2. Patrick McNamara, TX, USA (410)

3. Miles Gordon, CA, USA (482)

4. Jack Meade, LA, USA (553)

5. Kailee Moure, FL, USA (566)



1. Juan Gonzalez, PR (79)

2. Diego Sepulveda, PR (82)

3. Diego Rivera Hermida, PR (108)

4. Kayaan Panthaki, FL, USA (116)

5. Rafael Vazquez, PR (120)

Team CRYC Spectra Wins 2021 TOTE Team Racing Championships- Junior Sailors from 6 Nations ready to set Sail in 28th International Optimist Regatta

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Strong starts, staying focused and sailing fast proved the secret to success for Team CRYC Spectra, who won the TOTE Team Racing Championships on Thursday. The Championships are one of a trio of events sailed this week out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC) and were prefaced by the three-day TOTE Clinic and followed by the 28th International Optimist Regatta (IOR), Friday through Sunday.

Sixteen teams of five sailors each participated in the TOTE Team Racing Championships. In exciting racing, the champion title came down to a competition between Team Puerto Rico and CRYC Spectra. In the end, Team CRYC Spectra, all 14-years-old, proved triumphant at staying the course especially in windy squalls by scoring a 1st, 2nd, 3rd in the final race. Team members are Alfonso Lanseros (Miami, FL), Sophie De Leon Urban (Miami, FL), Will Barnhart (Miami, FL), Sebastian Johan van de Kreeke (Miami, FL) and Tanner Krygsveld (St. Thomas, USVI).

“Good communication and staying level-headed rather than stressed,” were strategies that helped Team CRYC Spectra win the TOTE Team Race, according to Krygsveld.

“I was at the boat end at the start, saw who was over at the start and the starboard advantage,” adds van de Kreeke, regarding his contribution to the Team’s success.

Team CRYC Spectra coaches from the Coral Reef Yacht Club in Florida are Omari Scott and Chris Craven.

Eight- to 15-year-old sailors representing 6 nations – Antigua, Canada, the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S.A, and all three U.S. Virgin Islands – started the week by training in the three-day TOTE Clinic held June 14 to 16. Top local and international coaches ran the Clinic.

“Learning how to sail in unstable winds is what I learned most in the Clinic,” says De Leon Urban.

For Barnhart, the Clinic was an opportunity to get used to the conditions in St. Thomas. “I’ve never raced here before, but my friends have and that made me want to come.”

The TOTE Clinic concluded Wednesday with a Volvo Ocean-style race, where sailors completed four legs around the east end of St. Thomas.

“It was very cool,” says Lanseros of the race. “It was around the islands and what I learned is that the closer to the land I got, the more the wind died down.”

The 28th IOR gets underway Friday, with the first start at 11 a.m. off the southeast coast of St. Thomas. The race committee plans to run 10-plus races over the next three days, depending on the weather.

The junior sailors are represented by both Championship and Beginner Green fleets. The Championship fleet is divided into age groups: White (age 10 and under), Blue (ages 11 and 12), and Red (ages 13 to 15). The Beginner Green fleet is composed of sailors aged 14 and under who are relatively new to sailing.

“This is the most Green fleet sailors we have brought to this event and all of them, including their parents, are here for the first time,” says Pedro Luis Fernandez, who is coaching 11 sailors from Puerto Rico’s Club Nautico de San Juan program. “This event has really opened their eyes to all the possibilities: new people, new conditions, bigger fleets.”

Puerto Rico’s 12-year-old Juan Gonzalez is one of the Beginner Green fleet sailors participating for the first time.

“I learned in the Clinic to never give up, to always be aware of the shifting winds and use them to my advantage,” he says.

The IOR is hosted by the Virgin Islands Sailing Association (VISA) and sanctioned by the Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA).

An Awards Ceremony will take place on June 20.

Trophies will be awarded to the top five sailors in each fleet and top three overall. Additional trophies include the Peter Ives’ Perpetual Trophy, the Chuck Fuller Sportsmanship Award and the top female sailor. The Sea Star Perpetual Trophy will be inscribed with the names of the sailors on the winning team racing team. A new Perpetual Trophy, introduced in 2017, is inscribed with the overall winners from the past 27 years.

This year’s event will follow an eco-friendly theme. Sailors will be encouraged to recycle all plastic water bottles, use the reusable water bottle in the goodie bag throughout the regatta, keep all lunch bags and wrapping out of the water, pick up any trash on shore and accept drinks without straws.

The IOR is sponsored by the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, TOTE Maritime, and MSI.

For more information, call (340) 513-2234, Email:, or visit

Results will be posted at:

Please also visit the International Optimist Regatta on Social Media!, @internationaloptiregatta

Media contact:
Carol Bareuther
Tel: (340) 998-3650
Skype: Carol.Bareuther

Grant Thornton – Keelboat Series Finale

A very successful sailing season ended on Sunday 13th June with the final race of the Sint Maarten Yacht Club keelboat series.

A consistent fleet was seen in the racing class whilst the cruising class and Jeanneau one design classes had disappointing participation.

The clear winner of the keelboats was Frits Bus’s Team Island Water World 1 Melges 24 who performed far better than all the competition and sailed all the events.

Kick em Jenny, the Melges 32 helmed by Ian Hope Ross managed to beat Island Water World 1 on six different occasions of the 23 races that made up the series but this was not enough. The Melges 32 is extremely fast, has a high rating and requires much skill to get around the short courses that were the majority sailed.

Going into the last day there were two teams that had a chance for third place as they were close on points. These were Erwan le Normands Melges 24 Caraibes Diesel and Garth Steyn’s J70 IGY Racing.

Great to see that we had 3 Melges 24’s back on the water as Arthur Banting decided to take out Island Water World 2.

The first race of the day saw Erwan taking a fleet win and this looked like it was going to be the day for French success. Unfortunately, the rest of the races were far less successful and Garth Steyn managed to win the third position with 107.6 points compared to 108.2 (Lowest score wins in sailboat racing).

The final day saw four Jeanneaus racing and Petro Jonker took the day win with 7 points followed by Han de Bruyn Kops (2nd place) and Robbie Ferron (3rd place) both with 10 points. The day saw a first effort by Jordan Pieterse, a Laser sailor, in the Jeanneau class. She has made it very clear that she will be a strong competitor in the future.

After the race there was a BBQ on the new dock to celebrate the fact that the rebuild of the new dock is finished, as well as the celebration of a great sailing season.

The SMYC formal sailing season has now ended but sailing will continue in the “off season”. The Lagoonies regatta will take place on the 26th June and there will be casual sailing events that will help members and friends prepare for what is hoped to be a similar season success in 2021/2022.

The SMYC is thanking Grant Thornton for being a consistent sponsor through the year for not only the keelboat series but as well the dinghy series.

Thank you to all the volunteers that made this event and racing – season possible; Race Committee, Sailing Committee, On shore event committee and the SMYC Staff.


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