Perfect Conditions on First Day of 45th St. Thomas International Regatta

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The Caribbean lived up to its reputation as one of the best places on the planet to sail during the first day of racing in the 45th St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR). The nearly fifty boats, competing in four classes, reveled in the perfect conditions: 10- to 15-knots of breeze, 3- to 5-foot swells, blue sunny skies and temperatures comfortably in the 80s. With the weather throwing no curve balls, the big focus of the day for the racers was on each other. This proved formidable given the depth of talent in each class.

“We’ve sailed extensively in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, such as in the UK and the Netherlands,” says Philippe Moortgat, the Brussels, Belgian-based owner of the Swan 45, Samantaga, Moortgat has vacationed with his family for many years in the Virgin Islands during the winter holidays and without his boat. This year, he decided to combine his love of racing and the Caribbean on a trip to STIR and other Caribbean regattas. The first day of racing was indeed rewarding as without local knowledge and nearly half of his crew novices, Samantaga leads the CSA Spinnaker Racing class after two races. “I really like sailing around the island, around the rocks. It’s new to us here, but we had good wind and a very good day.”

The Spinnaker 1 class is extremely competitive with only four points separating the first through fifth places. In fact, both second and third place boats, Puerto Rico’s Luis Juarbe’s Melges 32, Soca and the USA’s Robin Team’s chartered J/122, Teamwork/El Ocaso, respectively are tied on points. Ditto for the boats in fourth and fifth place, Antigua’s Bernie Evan-Wong’s RP 37, Team TAZ, and St. Thomas’ Peter Corr’s King 40, Blitz. Blitz won this class in 2017 and Corr hopes to do the same again this year.

“The conditions were great,” says Corr. “But the courses today were mainly reaches. Blitz is at its worst reaching. Hopefully we won’t have long reaching runs tomorrow.”

In the Spinnaker 2 class, Puerto Rico’s David Fernandez, and his team aboard his Holland 11-meter, Atorrante, didn’t take the lead. That honor belonged to Canada’s Rob Butler’s crew aboard his new Reflex 38, Touch2Play Racing. However, what the Puerto Rico-based team aboard the Holland 11 meter had was a solid third place and great fun.

“We had good wind and great competition. Touch2Play and Boogaloo (St. Croix’s Peter Stanton’s Melges 24) were the boats we saw most on the course. In fact, in the first race, we were neck and neck with Touch2Play around Buck and Capella islands. We were higher and faster and traded tacks for a while. Eventually, Touch2Play got away from us,” says Greg Fink, who trimmed spinnaker. Three of Atorrante crew were 16-year-olds who just graduated from the Optimist dinghy: David Perez Fernandez, Kyle Fink and Fabio Santiago.

There was equally close racing in the CSA Non-Spinnaker class between leader, St. Thomas’ Lawrence Aqui driving his Dufour 40, Wild Thing, and second place Hermes, a Pogo 12.5 sailed by Ontario Canada’s Irek Zubko.

“At one point, it was almost like we were match racing,” says Zubko.

Aqui agrees and explains, “We got into a tacking duel. They beat us at it, but we beat them overall based on handicap.”

The one-design IC24 class was the largest with 14 boats. The class lead changed often through the day with St. Thomas’ Chris Rosenberg’s Bill T. emerging on top by two points after five races. One competitor, St. John’s Doug McLean, felt just getting to the start line was a victory. “My IC24 was destroyed in (hurricane) Irma. We hauled it out, built a form and had to rebuild the foredeck. Morgan Avery (one of the original designers of the IC24) was working nearby and shared with us what he would do. That was invaluable. We finally launched the boat three days ago. That was the happiest day of my life since the hurricane. We rigged the boat after that. Now, we’re now only sailing, but holding our own, often in the top five in many races today.”

STIR 45 Sets Sail

Nearly fifty boats will compete in the three-day 45th St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), starting Friday. Last year’s podium finishers well represent CSA Spinnaker Classes. In fact, the first through third place boats in Spinnaker 1 in 2017 are back to battle again. In order, these are St. Thomas’ Peter Corr’s King 40, Blitz; Teamwork powered by El Ocaso; and Big(gest) Trouble, St. Petersburg, Florida’s Tom Elsen’s Melges 32. Likewise, Touch2Play Racing’s Butler’s is back and looks forward to bettering their second-place finish last year in CSA Spinnaker 2.

New this year is a one-design Hobie Wave class. The beef up of the beach cat class this year is ideal since the boats are beach-able. This is something that helps ease the traffic at the dock, which is much smaller due to hurricane damage. Beach cat sailing is also great fun!

“Beach cat racing is very in touch with the water and is usually laid back with lots of laughter out on the course and even more on shore,” says St. Thomas’ John Holmberg, who has sailed a number of types of beach cats in STIR in the past and is a former Prindle 19 National Champion. “I am looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones too.”

Another Hobie Wave entrant is St. Thomas’ Kyree Culver. “This will be my first time skippering in a major regatta. I like the fun and friendly attitude of the beach cat sailors. I will be sailing by myself.; no crew needed on the Hobie Wave! I’m excited about the range of experience in the fleet. There will be newcomers like me and experts like John Holmberg.

Equally large at 13 boats is the one-design IC24 class, with sailors representing the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and the U.S.A.

“We are looking forward to giving our best in the IC24 class competition, to support our neighboring island of St. Thomas, and to have lots of fun,” says Puerto Rico’s Luigi Miranda, who is crewing on El Castigo del Pollo. “Our skipper, Gilberto Rivera, is an experienced IC24 and J24 class competitor with previous STIR participations. Our trimmer, Kiko Dalmau, is another experienced sailor that has participated in many international sailing championships in other classes such as Melges 32. Our foredeck, Lucas Miranda, is a young experienced sailor that has represented Puerto Rico in several international youth championships in the RS-X and Techno windsurfing classes.”

Round the Rocks Winners Announced, 45th St. Thomas International Regatta Starts Friday

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Nearly a dozen boats reveled in the mix of spectacular scenery plus tactical challenges in brisk winds and bumpy seas as the fleet sailed around the island of St. John in the 3rd Round the Rocks Race. In the end, it was Teamwork powered by El Ocaso, a J122 chartered by Beaufort, NC’s Robin Team and his family from Caribbean Yacht Racing Ltd. that won the CSA Spinnaker 1 Class, plus earned their name on the Perpetual Trophy for Best Elapsed Time. That time was 3 hours, 32 minutes and 54 seconds to circumnavigate the 19-square-mile island of St. John, home of the Virgin Islands National Park.

“This is our first time sailing in the U.S. Virgin Islands, although the team has been racing together for over 35 years,” says Team. “What I loved about the race today was tacking on the weather side in and out of the coves. Also, getting in close to the cliffs, where we’d get a lift. We made great strides following those lifts.”

Antigua’s Bernie Evan-Wong and his crew aboard the Reichel-Pugh 37, Taz, finished second in the CSA Spinnaker I class, followed by Ontario Canada’s Rob Butler and his team aboard the Reflex 38, Touch2Play Racing in third. In the CSA Spinnaker 2 class, the winner was St. Thomas’ Stephen Schmidt and his fellow sailors aboard Schmitt’s Santa Cruz 70, Hotel California Too.

Round the Rocks Race on Thursday Kicks-Off Three-Day 45th St. Thomas International Regatta

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. A dozen boats are registered for the third annual Round the Rocks (RTR) race on Thursday. This one-day event, whose course is a 19 mile circumnavigation of the neighboring island of St. John, is a great way for teams to tune up for the main event, the 45th St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), which takes place from Friday through Sunday.

“By popular demand, we brought back the Round the Rocks race this year. This sprint around St John is both scenic and tactical. It’s a great way to kick-off STIR, especially with Rock City Brewing Company sponsoring the race and after-racing Happy Hour,” says regatta director, Bill Canfield.

The twelve-boat race fleet is split into two groups: CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association) Spinnaker and CSA Non-Spinnaker classes. Ten boats are competing in the Spinnaker class including Ontario Canada’s Rob Butler’s Reflex 38, Touch2Play Racing.

“The Round the Rock is a highlight event for two reasons: the spectacular scenery and tactical challenges due to the navigation of surrounding waters with currents and shifting winds,” says crew member, Larry Huibers.

Huibers adds, “This year will be special because we want to be part of the rebuilding process after the storms. The community has been so kind and excited to have us all down, we only hope we can return the hospitality and assist as the tourism gets back solidly in its feet. We are bringing some new crew and really look forward to seeing their joy in experiencing the Caribbean. The competition looks to be deep this year so that adds a lot of fun.”

One of Touch2Play’s competitors is Apollo, Donald Nicholson’s brand-new J/121. Built as hull #2, this will be only the second time the Weston, MA-based sailor and his team have raced the boat. The first was the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta three weeks ago, when the team enjoyed a podium placement, finishing third in its class.

“This is the third ‘big boat’ in our program; Apollo replaced my custom Farr 42, Convictus Maximus. We have been racing as a core crew for about 15 years; the core crew being myself, Denise Bienvenu, Paul White and David Malkin, including two Newport-Bermuda races, a Chicago-Mackinac race, and numerous other regattas on both coasts of the USA. But we have never raced as a team in the Caribbean. So, we are extremely excited to be honing our skills with this exciting new boat in such a wonderful venue. We also have Jeff Johnstone from J-boats on board for the RTR and STIR,” says Nicholson.

Boats sailing in the Round the Rocks race will start off St. Thomas’ east end, sail counterclockwise around St. John and finish off St. Thomas.

Onshore, Rock City Brewing Company will sponsor Happy Hour at the St. Thomas Yacht Club from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Featured products include the company’s Hull Bay Beach Lager and Dumpster Cock VIPA kegs. The Sun Kings will play live music, also starting at 4 p.m. The RTR Awards Ceremony takes place on the beach at 6:30 p.m., when prizes, including heavy-duty 40-liter Excursion Duffles from the K3 Company, are awarded for first, second and third boats in class. There will also be a perpetual trophy awarded for the boat with yacht with the best elapsed time.

Meanwhile, registration for the St. Thomas International Regatta will take place on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the St. Thomas Yacht Club.

Nearly 50 boats, with sailors from the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, Antigua, the U.S.A., Canada and Europe, will take to the start at 11 a.m. on Friday off St. Thomas’ east end.

K3 Showcases Newest Product at 45th St. Thomas International Regatta

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.”

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.”

New Hobie Wave Class at 45th St. Thomas International Regatta

There’s a brand new, first-ever opportunity to ride the waves at the 45th St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), set for March 23-25, 2018. Hobie Waves, that is, easy-to-sail, one- or two-person, beach-launched catamaran that are fast and fun to sail. While beach cats have long been a key class in STIR, this is the first time Hobie Waves will be available to charter to race as a one-design class on their own separate course in a special two-day, March 24 and 25, regatta within STIR. Not sure how to sail a Hobie Wave? Multihull national champion and St. Thomas native, John Holmberg, will host a FREE beachside clinic on March 23 from 3 to 4 p.m., where he will cover basic rules, tactics and trim.


“It’s great to have a new one design fleet join our regatta. Getting 12 or more boats of any type on the water at the same time in the Caribbean is a positive trend. We welcome the Hobie Waves to the STIR. Hopefully local sailors will take advantage of the wonderful inexpensive way to compete in an international event,” says regatta director, Bill Canfield.


The Hobie Wave class is an excellent opportunity for the Virgin Islands community to participate in and say they’ve sailed in STIR, known as the ‘Crown Jewel of Caribbean Yacht Racing’. What’s more, it’s an easy and affordable way for hurricane relief workers on-island in March to have access to a boat, get a taste of the territory’s spectacular marine environment, and plan to visit again on vacation in the future.

Margaritaville St. Thomas Restaurant and Resort On Board as Sponsor of 45th St. Thomas International Regatta

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The Margaritaville St. Thomas Restaurant and Resort is on board as a sponsor of the 45th St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), regatta organizers are pleased to announce. Opened in August of 2015 and inspired by the lifestyle and lyrics of Jimmy Buffett, the property, including pools, the Landshark Bar & Grill, License to Chill and 5 O’clock Somewhere Bar, is and has been a strong supporter of the Virgin Islands community.

“In light of events from late 2017, Margaritaville St. Thomas continues to have a primary focus on the community and re-build of the island. We’ve accomplished this through various efforts such as supporting relief workers, participating in road and beach clean ups, and supplying ice to law enforcement on hot days. Most important to the island is providing an oasis to locals, linemen and tourists alike to wind down after a long recovery day. The resilience of the island is stronger than ever and as Jimmy quotes the island “…Feel the stinging, I’ve been given, never ending, unrelenting…” we are VI Strong,” says Rodney Renner, general manager-resort operations for Wyndham St. Thomas, a Margaritaville Vacation Club Resort.

While the resort is currently closed for post-storm renovations, there’s plenty for Parrot Heads and STIR sailors alike to enjoy at the Margaritaville St. Thomas Restaurant, which is open. The menu is filled with local fare such as Fried Grouper and Coconut Crusted Snapper, as well as signature dishes such as ‘Cheeseburger in Paradise’. Plus the Margaritas are always flowing. Local Live entertainment is held at the Six String Stage accented by the sight and sound of waves crashing in the background.

“We are pleased to have Margaritaville St. Thomas support STIR this year. They have proven to be a real asset to the community during these tough times,” says regatta director, Bill Canfield.

St. Thomas International Regatta
STIR, celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, is a globally-recognized regatta renowned for its fantastic racing, first-class race committee and friendly can-do attitude towards its competitors. This year’s theme focuses on getting back to the ‘good old days’ and simple pleasures of Caribbean racing in the aftermath of major hurricanes last fall.

Omega Sponsors Impressive Watch for IC24 Class Winner

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Organizers of the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) are proud to announce that Omega, the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer, will sponsor the illustrious prize of an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra timepiece to the winner of this year’s IC24 class.

Photo: The Seamaster Aqua Terra by Omega.

“Omega is proud to support one of the most prestigious regattas in the Caribbean with a long history of exciting and memorable moments. The IC24 class has become the largest one-design keelboat fleet in the Caribbean with high caliber sailors continuing to join the class. We see the IC24 class having the potential to be at the forefront of competitive sailing in the Caribbean, attracting interest not just from local talented sailors, but top sailors from around the world,” says Alia Fontes, manager of the Omega Boutique in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Seamaster Aqua Terra pays tribute to Omega’s rich maritime heritage, thus is an elegant and excellent watch for the sailing enthusiast. This model features a symmetrical case designed out of stainless steel, with a wave-edged design featured on the back. The blue dial is distinguished by a horizontal ‘teak’ pattern, which is inspired by the wooden decks of luxury sailboats. There is also a date window at 6 o’clock and rhodium-plated hands and indexes filled with white Super-LumiNova. Blue is used for the central seconds hand and the four quarter numbers on the minute track. This chronometer is certified at the industry’s highest standard by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).

“We are thrilled to have Omega join us as a sponsor and offer a fantastic timepiece to the winner of the competitive IC24 class. This will push the competitors to a new level to take home this fantastic prize,” says regatta director, Bill Canfield.

STIR, celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, is a globally-recognized regatta renowned for its fantastic racing, first-class race committee and friendly can-do attitude towards its competitors. This year’s theme focuses on getting back to the ‘good old days’ and simple pleasures of Caribbean racing in the aftermath of major hurricanes last fall.

St. Thomas Yacht Club Named Wight Vodka’s Favorite Yachting Bar in the Caribbean, Club Gears up for it’s 45th St. Thomas International Regatta

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. If your bucket list includes having a drink at the 2017 Favorite Yachting Bar in the Caribbean, then tick that box with us March 23 to 25 at the St. Thomas International Regatta. Announced on January 3, 50° North, creators of Wight Vodka and Scuttlebutt Europe announced that the STIR-host St. Thomas Yacht Club won its annual contest in a special Caribbean category to recognize bars that were hard hit by the hurricanes last fall.

“It’s an honor to have received this recognition, especially as the Club is still recovering from the after effects of hurricanes Irma and Maria,” says regatta director, Bill Canfield. “As a result, this will not be our biggest STIR, but we can guarantee everyone a special time. For those who have never visited, Cowpet Bay is a beautiful place to finish a race and the Club and its bar are located beachfront here. Plus, for those that are long timers, think back to your first Caribbean regatta and what a great experience it was. We are offering this same vibe this year with an emphasis on ‘simple fun and great sailing’. That’s why we love it here!”

Photo: Over 20 IC24s are expected to race in STIR 2018, possibly the largest one-design class in a Caribbean regatta. Credit: Dean Barnes

IC24’s A Plenty
A sampling of who’s registered so far shows what might be the largest one-design class in a Caribbean regatta. Over 20 IC24s, with sailors from around the Caribbean and World, are expected to compete in up to a dozen races over three days with a mix of windward/leeward and island races.

“This event gathers the largest number of IC24s in the Caribbean, offers great race courses, good variety and organizers keep it fun both on and off the water,” says Puerto Rico’s Jaime Torres, who will helm his Smile and Wave with a strong team, consisting of Alejandro Carrera on bow and Gretchen Ortiz in the pit. “It’s a long-standing tradition for my family and I to race and enjoy the spectacular hospitality of the St. Thomas Yacht Club for the St. Thomas International Regatta. Now, we have a new tradition. That is, we ask talented kids or women to come in and drive the boat, thus giving the class a source of new talent.”

The IC24 fleet at the St. Thomas Sailing Center, located at the St. Thomas Yacht Club, were expertly repaired post-hurricane to their racing best by famed fiberglass specialist, Chris Small, of Chris Small Boatworks, in Ipswich, Massachusetts. IC24s are still available for charter from the St. Thomas Sailing Center. The STIR charter package fee of $2100 with decent sails and $2800 with new sails, includes a ready-to-race IC24 for the three-day STIR, a practice day the Thursday before and a 30-day Bluewater Membership in the St. Thomas Yacht Club.

New Boats Debut in Racing Class
Teams from Canada, the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico are all looking forward to racing new boats at the 2018 STIR. One of these is Rob Butler’s Touch2Play racing team.

“The J88, which we raced last year in STIR, has been replaced with a Reflex 38,” says Larry Huibers, manager of Collingwood, Ontario-based Butler’s team. “It’s a slightly larger platform, which will host our crew in a little more comfort and make transiting to the other events easier. The blend of great tight racing and fun shore side activities makes coming back a priority for us.”

New to owner Emanuele Bianchi, of Chicago, Illinois, is the 2015-built Tartan 101, Red Hot Caribe, which Bianchi describes as a 33-foot high performance fractional sloop with a very generous carbon rig powered by top notch North Sails.

“We are a mix of fun, avid sailors, mostly based in the Great Lakes, peppered with East and West Coast, Canadian and European flavor,” he says. “Our team is comprised of a group of highly competitive, qualified amateurs with broad experience that includes a mix of ocean, buoy, medium to long distance and one-design sailboat racing. STIR 2018 will be one of the highlights of a season spend enjoying fun island-hopping deliveries as we explore the beauty of the Caribbean.”

Back after a year’s hiatus is STIR 2016 racing class winners, Puerto Rico’s Jonathan Lipuscek and his team aboard a new Dark Star.

“The new Dark Star is a recently purchased McConaghy 38, which is larger and faster than the previous Dark Star, a J/105,” explains Rafael ‘Rafi’ Martinez, who like many of the team’s crew have raced in STIR since the early 1990s.” Our core crew will remain the same and we are pumped to see what this boat can do in the Caribbean trade winds.”
Photo: Rob Butler’s former J/88 Touch2Play races in STIR 2017. Butler will be back for 2018 on his new yet same-named, Reflex 38. Credit: Dean Barnes.

It’s Back to the Good Old Days of Caribbean Racing! 45th St. Thomas International Regatta Set for March 23-25, 2018

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. If you enjoyed Caribbean racing in the 1970s and 1980s – or heard the stories and wished you were there – this year’s St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), set for March 23-25, 2018, is the place to be!

After some tough soul searching, STIR organizers at the host St. Thomas Yacht Club realized it will be unfair to promise a full-scale regatta without our dock and deck covering. So, the next best thing was to roll back the clock to a simpler era.

“It’s all about simpler times, more fun, no worries and a chance to just come and enjoy the sailing,” says regatta director, Bill Canfield, who has been involved in STIR for all but one of its 45 years and can attest to the great laidback low-key island vibe in the early years. “We will of course offer wonderful sailing ‘around the rocks’, with our veteran PROs, great beach parties, cold rum and hot music.”

STIR 2018 invites CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association-handicap rule) racing, cruising and bareboat classes; Multihull, Beach Cats and One-Design classes with a minimum length of 20 feet. The hot, hot, hot class will be the one-design IC 24’s with over 20 vessels expected on the start line and as many as 12 races over three days.

BYOB or Charter 

Bring you own boat or charter! Chartering especially makes it easy to fly in, jump on a race-ready yacht and set sail!


*          St. Thomas Sailing Center

            Yachts: IC24s

            Charter: By the Yacht

            Contact: Dave Franzel, (340) 714-4173,,


*          Caribbean Races

           Yachts: J/120 (J-aguar) and Kiwi 35 (Wild Devil)
           Charter: By Yacht or by Crew Spot
            Contact: Ben Jelic, (721) 527-5006,,


*          OnDeck Racing

           Yachts: Beneteau 40.7 (Ortac) and Farr 65 (Spirit of Juno)
           Charter: By Yacht or by Crew Spot
           Contact: Peter Anthony, (268) 562-6696,,


*          Caribbean Yacht Racing Ltd.

Yachts: J/122 (El Ocaso)
Charter: By Yacht
Contact: Bob Hillier, USA +1 (262) 216-5967; St. Maarten +1 (721) 586-4900,


*          J122 Experience

           Yachts: J122 (Noisy Oyster)
           Charter: By Yacht or with First Mate
           Contact: Olivier Parchet, +41 79 297 46 81,,


50% Discount on Registration 

In keeping with the simpler old-time theme, even the entry fees for STIR 2018 have been rolled back a few decades. Register and pay in full for only US $150 between now and 1700 AST January 31, 2018. Entry fees increase to US $300 between February 1 and March 20, 2018. Registration for IC24s: US $200, Beach Cats: $200

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