Last year in my Regatta Director's letter I had a great time reminiscing about some memorable events and even more memorable sailors that were part of our first 40 years of history at IRR. Little did I know at the time, it would be our last International Rolex Regatta. I would like to take this opportunity to again thank Rolex for their 40 years of sponsorship and support of our regatta. We were the first event they sponsored as a company and locally we feel the best regatta they sponsored. To our good friends at Rolex – "Thanks for the Memories" and thank you for the amazing support you have offered to St. Thomas Yacht Club in this transitional year allowing us to move forward in excellent shape.
What's next? I have been asked questions that many times in the past 9 months. The answer is very simple, we will be moving forward with our regatta in a positive and strong manner. Our new calling card is the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR). We have a wonderful group of sponsors and supporters that have the same commitment to the excellence that has been there in the past. St. Thomas Yacht Club will continue to host a great regatta; Cowpet Bay remains one of the best harbors in the world to finish a race. Our theme remains "We love it here and so will you." We will come up with new prizes and new innovations. Our PRO's, Judges and ability to run quality races remain unchanged. Our bands are all back and in great form. The Heineken is cold and the Capt. & coke are spicy. The stage is on the water set for the awards ceremony. Lyn is at registration and Franny behind the Committee desk. What's next? It all sounds very familiar to. More of the same but bigger and better. Help us make the next 40 years as memorable as the first 40.
Good sailing at the 1st St. Thomas International Regatta.Bill Canfield, Regatta Director (some things never change)
As Commodore of St. Thomas Yacht Club for 2014 it is my pleasure to welcome you to our wonderful regatta on behalf of the Flag Officers and Governors. We expect to offer our usual good weather, great breeze and well-run racecourses on the waterside of the event. It is also our intent to deliver island hospitality, beach parties and all the food and drinks you can handle on the shore-side of the St. Thomas International Regatta.
I would be remiss if I didn't thank all the volunteers from St. Thomas Yacht Club and the island in general who work very hard behind the scenes to ensure that you have a great time while visiting our island paradise. When you get a chance, introduce yourself to our committee members and make sure if you have a need let us know. If we are aware of it and we can make it happen for you, we will.
The second group that needs recognition and thanks is our long-standing sponsors. Without these loyal supporters it would be near impossible to put on an event that in any way approaches what we offer to the owners, captains and crews of our visiting yachts.
- JP Montegut
Commodore, St. Thomas Yacht Club
On behalf of the people and Government of the United States Virgin Islands, I am honored to invite the world’s sailing community to St. Thomas for the 41st annual St. Thomas International Regatta. We are proud that this well-known and international event continues to attract the best sailors to our Territory and the Caribbean’s legendary sailing waters.
If you have participated in previous Virgin Islands Race Weeks, you are well aware of the wonderful hospitality of the St. Thomas Yacht Club in particular, and the community of St. Thomas in general. If you are considering attendance for the first time, let me assure you that you will not be disappointed with either the racing competition, the social activities, or the island atmosphere. Our entire community looks forward to the International Rolex Regatta and its related events. As soon as you step foot on St. Thomas, you will feel the excitement generated by the gathering of the world’s best sailors and vessels for a week of unsurpassed racing and fun.
While on St. Thomas, I urge you to explore the island, visit our historical district, sample our top restaurants and luxury shops, and get to know our people. If time permits, please visit St. John, St. Croix, and Water Island. You will learn that the Territory offers a variety of experiences to visitors and that each of our islands is a unique destination waiting to be discovered.
Please mark your calendars now for March of 2014 and the St. Thomas International Regatta. You will never regret your decision to participate in the premiere racing event in the Caribbean! I look forward to meeting you!
- John P. De Jongh, Jr.
Governor of the United States Virgin Islands
As always, the dedicated and hard working volunteers from St. Thomas Yacht Club provide the "people power" for the event, both on land and at sea. Please help make this year's regatta another rousing success.
All we ask is that you are willing to work long hours for no pay. If you like helping people and enjoy the satisfaction of working with other Club members in a worthwhile endeavor.
You can help by volunteering your time, your home or apartment, your boat(s), your talent or anything else you think would help make the regatta a success, please contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be in touch with you without delay. And if the above is not incentive enough, if you volunteer, you will be invited to the "Post Regatta Thank You" where you'll receive a great gift.