Win your Weight in Cruzan Rum

Win your weight in Cruzan Rum

2012 St. Croix International Regatta This is one Regatta you do not want to Miss!Come race and celebrate the 2oth Anniversary of this event.  Thanks to generous local sponsors, the regatta committee has pulled out all stops to put on a regatta that will draw sailors from throughout the Caribbean and the upper 48 states.

Registration and Opening Party – November 8th Racing November 9th to the 11th. **** Entry Fee ONLY $100****

What you can Expect: Great Racing along the North Shore and Buck Island Channel Free Dock Space (Limited Availability) Race Courses to fit all Classes and Experienced Race Committee Live Entertainment Each Night with Great Food and Drink Trophy’s For all Classe

– PLUS *** Winning Skippers Weight  in RUM for any class with 7 or more

Boats Shuttle Service for Boats on Moorings Custom Clearance available on site Expedited Immigration services for down islands – St. Maarten, St. Barts, Antigua, Barbados, Trinidad etc..

See website for Details Affordable Accommodations – $50 a night Condos Shower and Bathroom Facilities on Site Taxi and Shuttle Service available from Yacht Club Free Airport transfers (Advanced notice please!)

Be one of the lucky winners to be weighed on our Famous Cruzan Rum Scales!  Our scales date back 20 years and were originally built for Mumm’s Champagne; the weighing of a winning skipper is a Mumm’s Tradition. In 1992, Peter Holmberg was the first winning Skipper to get his weight in Champagne. Today, our winning Skippers are weighed in Cruzan Rum.  For any class with 7 or more boats, the winning skipper will be weighed on these scales.

Register Now!

Contact Jens Hookansen – Manager St. Croix Yacht Club  340-773-9531



Changes in store for the Grenada Sailing Festival 2013

2013 will see some changes and new plans. The Grenada Sailing Festival Board, after much consideration and discussion, has made the decision to suspend its Keelboat Racing Series for the year and concentrate its manpower and resources on the traditional Work Boat Regatta, to make it an even bigger part of the Island’s Independence celebrations and a major high profile National Sailing and Cultural event. The 20th Grenada Sailing Festival Work Boat Regatta will be staged on Grand Anse Beach from Friday to Sunday 1 – 3 February and will provide two days of the most spectacular and competitive racing in wooden, bamboo rigged boats, between the island’s traditional fishing communities of Grand Mal, Gouyave, Sauteurs, Woburn and sister islands Carriacou and Petit Martinique. The event attracts an overall audience of several thousand over the week-end – locals and visitors alike – who enjoy a beach festival mixing racing, culture, entertainment, food and fun, with an excellent balance between serious sailing and the vibrancy of Grenada’s lifestyle. For updates and information keep a check on the Festival’s website: and its Facebook page – Grenada Sailing Festival.

The good news is there will still be a competitive keel boat regatta held 1-5 February 2013. This event will have a new identity, the Grenada Sailing Week, with race courses making the most of the great sailing conditions around the western and southern coast of Grenada. The website  will be established shortly as will a facebook page  – Grenada Sailing Week, so keep checking regularly. You should also sign up to their mailing list by following this link to stay up to date with all information as it becomes available. You can always  e-mail at with any specific requests.

The Grenada Sailing Festival Board fully endorses this new initiative and is confident that Grenada’s unique blend of International and traditional events will remain an important part of the sailing calendar.


Caribbean Dinghy Championships 2012

This CSA event took place over the weekend of 10th – 12th August at the Antigua Yacht Club.  There were visiting teams from Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and St. Maarten as well as two teams representing Antigua.

Classes were for Optimist sailors under 12 years, Zoom sailors under 16 years and open classes for Laser Radial, Laser Standard and Pico (2 man teams) so six sailors for each team.



During the day on Friday, teams took the opportunity to practice until mid afternoon when the AYC hosted a “Beach – Bash”.  This included games on and off the water which were “anything but sailing”.  Rowing races were held using the Sea Cadet boats as well as Kayak races.  Additionally, several silly beach games took place including a Tug-o-War.


Saturday morning saw the start of racing in very blustery conditions  with winds at times gusting 30 knots.  This resulted in virtually every competitor capsizing at some point.  The  youngest competitor (age 10)  Jalese Gordon, who showed indomitable spirit at her first regatta.  One of the senior competitors commented that he had never spent so much time upside down in the water in his life!!!




Racing continued through Saturday afternoon and by Saturday evening  results were very close with all to play for on Sunday morning.  A convivial supper evening was held at the AYC which finished unexpectedly early as all the competitors were so tired they could not stay awake after 9 pm.



Sunday morning saw less wind and calmer waters and by 11:30am racing had concluded.  Lunch was followed by prize-giving where Antigua 1 were the winners in the Optimist and Pico classes.  The Laser Standard class was won by Barbados and the Laser Radial and Zoom 8 classes were won by Trinidad.   The overall team prize was,  as in 2011,  won by Antigua.



The Club would like to thank all those who helped out both on and off the water – in particular the Race Officer  Tony Maidment and his team and Patsy White and her team who managed to keep all the hungry sailors, volunteers, coaches and chaperones well fed during the event.

Full results can be found on our website at:


Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta….where sailing meets fun

Photo copyright Jody Sallons-Day

Photo copyright Jody Sallons-Day

The Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta is about to become a major international sailing festival. The first annual regatta was organised by Jolly Harbour Yacht Club in 1993 and the event has been held on the weekend closest to Valentine’s Day every year since. In 2013 the Valentine’s Regatta will celebrate its 20th anniversary from February 7 to 10, so what better time to make a significant change to the scope of the event.

The beginning of the week in February that encompasses Valentine’s Day is one of the last time slots available for a major regatta in the Caribbean Sailing Association’s racing calendar and with love in the air it’s a fantastic time to hold a fun regatta that will have something on offer for all types of sailors.

Building on the foundation that Jolly Harbour Yacht Club has already created for this exciting event, a group of interested parties in Jolly Harbour has come together with the Yacht Club to build the Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta into a major international event. The Foundation Partners of this expanded sailing festival include Caribbean Developments (Antigua) Ltd., Budget Marine, Jolly Harbour Marina, Jolly Harbour Yacht Club, Jolly Harbour Merchants’ Association and Jolly Harbour Homeowners’ Association.

A new company will be formed to contract with Mainstay Caribbean, an event marketing and management company based in Antigua, to deliver the event both on the water and on the shore. It will include three days of professionally-managed fun racing for boats with a maximum 10-foot draft. Classes will be available for CSA-rated boats, bareboats, Carriacou sloops, Lasers, Dragons and other one-design boats and dinghies. A pursuit race series will also be held for those who prefer individual starts to fleet starts. This vibrant sailing event will also feature a poker run which, along with the dinghy racing, will provide spectacular spectating opportunities.

If you’re not a sailor, don’t be deterred from coming out for this exciting event. There will be plenty of shoreside activities every day for sailors and non-sailors alike. Parties will be held each evening during the event and will feature the beach, the marina docks and the shopping and dining facilities. The Thursday evening welcome party will be followed by bigger parties on Friday and Saturday and will culminate with a beach party beginning Sunday afternoon and carrying on long after the final awards presentation is finished that evening. Antigua is famous for its beach parties and this is definitely one not to be missed!

Jolly Harbour, Antigua is an idyllic Caribbean racing and cruising destination for all yachtsmen. It features a world-class marina and boatyard, a safe harbour, a commercial centre, an 18-hole golf course and two of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. The marina is only steps from bars, restaurants and shops and the marine trades businesses in the boatyard can fix anything on your boat that may need attention. With the exception of only a few, all residences are waterfront – both private and rental – and many feature their own private dock at which you can moor your boat. Sailing and racing conditions outside Jolly Harbour on the west coast of Antigua couldn’t be more ideal – generally flat waters with great winds that offer challenging racing for boats of all sorts.

We invite you to come to Jolly Harbour from around the Caribbean and around the world to experience the exciting new version of the Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta. Bring your own boat, charter a bareboat or fully-equipped racing charter boat, or secure a place on one of the many boats that charter individual spots. Unlike many of the other big Caribbean regattas, the Valentine’s Regatta will cater to boats of all types, from hot racers to family cruisers, sport boats and dinghies. If you’re crew on a super yacht based in Antigua or elsewhere in the Caribbean during the winter months, don’t miss this opportunity to get off the dock and out onto the water to polish up on your racing skills.

Don’t miss the all-new Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta . . . where sailing meets fun! Once you arrive in Jolly Harbour, you may never want to leave!

For more information and to enter visit



Call to support Eric Tulla to gain presidency of ISAF

As many of you know, The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is vitally important to our sport as the world governing body for the sport of sailing, officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

ISAF is responsible for:

  • the promotion of the sport internationally;
  • managing sailing at the Olympic Games;
  • developing the Racing Rules of Sailing and regulations for all sailing competitions;
  • the training of judges, umpires and other administrators;
  • the development of the sport around the world; and
  • representing the sailors in all matters concerning the sport.

So with that background, to then realise that Eric Tulla from Puerto Rico is this year running for the role of President, should be of great interest.

In order for him to gain this presidency each of the voting associations such as MNA’s need to attend the 2012 Annual ISAF Conference in Ireland in November and place their vote if they would like to see a Caribbean representative as President, and see some substantial changes.

Eric has written a letter to the CSA to explain his thoughts on his priorities and a little about his background to help you make a decision on if you would like to support him.  Also for your consideration are:

Eric’s position paper on ISAF for 2012 POSITION PAPER PDF

Eric’s Sailing Profile exhibiting his long career in sailing. Eric A. Tulla Sailing Profile

Dear Friends,

My name is Eric Tulla and I am a candidate for President of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).

My service as Vice President on the ISAF Executive Committee this term has convinced me of the need for significant change in ISAF if we are to provide vital leadership to sailing in the future.

I believe that many of the ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs) have been under represented within ISAF. We need to provide better communications and services to the MNAs. We need to empower the MNAs. This situation requires urgent attention by the ISAF.

My program is to make this necessary change in ISAF.  I perceive that such change is desired by most MNAs around the globe who are not always counted upon or listened to about the important decisions affecting the world of sailing. Coming from the island of Puerto Rico, I am intimately aware of the needs of these MNAs.

I believe that my experience and background will be an advantage in leading ISAF into the future.

I have sailed and competed in different boats and events, from native wooden sloops to dinghies, catamarans, the Olympic Soling, and handicapped racer cruisers, and from local events to multiple Pan American Games, the 1984 Olympics, World Championships, and, recently, the 2007 Centomiglia. I have also served the sport of sailing in multiple roles during this time: as a director and officer, including president of my MNA; as an officer of continental and regional sailing federations, and as an ISAF International Judge, Council member and Vice President.

With the support of the MNAs in our region and others around the world, I intend to lead ISAF in a new direction.

It would be an honor to receive your Federation’s nomination for President of ISAF.  The nomination letter has to be received by the ISAF Secretariat by September 15, 2012. I also look forward to receiving your delegate to the elections in Ireland on November 10, 2012 and counting on your vote.

Please feel free to call or email at any time at the numbers below.

Thank you,

Eric A. Tulla
+1-787-365-3838 (mobile)
etulla1 (skype)

Please encourage your MNA to vote for Eric and help strengthen representation of Caribbean Sailing at ISAF. If you would like to assist, please send the link to this nomination form now.
Nomination form for Eric Tulla-4


Optimist Worlds 2012 Dominican Republic July 17-25 2012

The 50th World Optimist Sailing Championship opened on July 16 at the Nautical Club of Santo Domingo with representatives from 52 countries, as confirmed by organizers.

Athletes from Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, USA, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucía, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela are attending the event.

The official competition will start July 17, with participants from the five continents.

The opening ceremony will be led by Peter Barclay, president of the International Sailing Federation, Dominican Olympic Committee president Luis Mejia and the local ministers of Sports and Tourism, Felipe Payano and Francisco Garcia, respectively.


© Caribbean Sailing Association 2018