St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Sailors showed their competitive side on shore Wednesday at the 1st Annual Captain Morgan Golf Scramble, the kick-off event to the 41st St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR). Six teams teed off at 10 a.m. on the greens of the famous George and Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole Par 70 Mahogany Run Golf Course.
“We’ve taken an innovative approach this year by hosting a golf tournament as a new addition to the regatta,” says JP Montegut, commodore of the St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC). “It offers visiting sailors a chance to interact on a different level and enjoy more of what St. Thomas has to offer, plus there’s an opportunity for local residents to come out and play. In the future, we hope sailors will come down with their families a day early to get in a round of golf before the traditional regatta starts.”
New events also added this year include the Captain Morgan Yacht Haven Grande Party on Saturday from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Spectrum Band will be live on stage and the public is invited.
Nearly 80 yachts from around the world will take to the seas on Friday for the race to Charlotte Amalie Harbor. Racing continues on Saturday off the southeast side of St. Thomas and concludes on Sunday with racing in Pillsbury Sound and northwest to the waters off Coral World. The public is invited to the Awards Ceremony on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. and Final Fling after party at STYC.
Weather Routing Inc. (WRI) is the Official Weather Provider for the STIR and will provide forecasts by 6 a.m. daily during the regatta. These forecasts are available at:www.wriwx.com/clientproduct.php?id=4759 Weather maps and products specifically created for this event are also available at this link.
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The St. Thomas International Regatta is sponsored by Captain Morgan and Heineken, distributed by Bellows International, Little Switzerland, and the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism.