The Moorings Onboard as Sponsor of 50th Anniversary St. Thomas International Regatta, March 29-31, 2024

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. What does – last year’s class-winning Cape 31, Flying Jenny; IRC One winner for the 2023 RORC Seasons’s Points championship, the JPK 1180, Dawn Treader; and Cachondo, an IC24 driven by the 4th place Sunfish sailor in the World – have in common? They will be on the start line to race the 50th Anniversary St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), set for Easter Weekend, March 29-31, 2024. You can be there too! Enter now at yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eid=16227. Everyone is invited! STIR 2024 invites CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association-handicap rule), racing, cruising, and bareboat classes; ORC; Large Multihulls; Hobie Waves; and One-Design classes with a minimum length of 20 feet. Right there with the nearly 40-vessel fleet entered to date, will be a beautiful Moorings 464PC power catamaran serving as the start boat for the race committee. STIR organizers proudly welcome and salute the Moorings for a decade-plus of support and sponsorship.

Easy to relax or watch a regatta from a Moorings luxury catamaran.
Moorings 464PC. Courtesy The Moorings

“As the premier yacht charter vacation provider in the Virgin Islands, The Moorings is proud to once again sponsor the STIR in 2024, which is one of the leading regattas anywhere in the Caribbean and an excellent event showcasing all that the Virgin Islands have to offer,” says Ian Pedersen, senior marketing manager for The Moorings & Sunsail, based in Clearwater, Florida.

Race STIR, then stay to cruise! The Moorings 464PC is custom-designed to allow guests to enjoy their time on the water to the fullest, says Pedersen. From its spacious en-suite cabins, expansive flybridge offering 360-degree panoramic views, well-equipped galley with a full-size fridge, watermaker and water purifier, and high-end tech throughout, this next-generation yacht is the ultimate vacation platform. The Moorings 464PC is currently available for charter in the Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Greece, and Croatia.

Sneak Peek at Entries

The hot lineup of entries for STIR 2024 features a mix of newcomer and veteran teams, on monohulls and multihulls.

“We are a team of amateurs, both veteran and novice sailors, getting together for the first time to race IC24s,” says Juan Rodriguez Flores, from Lutz, Florida, and a member of the Cedar Point Yacht Club in Connecticut. “We are very excited about the IC24 charter boat option for STIR, are looking forward to sharpening our racing skills for the 2024 season, and to meeting other sailors in the area.”

St. Maarten’s Frits Bus has been a long-time entry in the IC24 class. However, this year he will be racing his Melges 24, Team Island Water World.

Team Islands Water World, driven by St. Maarten’s Frits Bus. Courtesy Frits Bus

“We have 4 Melges 24s actively racing here in St. Maarten with monthly club races. Our team has dominated for the past year. We’ve also won all the races in the new 2023-2024 season, including two club races and the three-day La Course de l’Alliance, so we are looking forward to racing against some other Melges 24s,” says Bus, whose team includes his daughter, Berit Bus, Beecher Higby from St. Croix as tactician, Olivier Bernaz as jib and spinnaker trimmer, and Dick Luttekes on bow. “St. Thomas offers great sailing waters, well-organized racing, and a great yacht club with a lot of nice people who make you feel at home.”

Entered too is Little Wing, a 52’ custom Bob Perry/Jim Antrim design built in Seattle in 1995.

“We’ve raced several times in the BVI Spring Regatta, and last year attended the Caribbean Multihull Challenge, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, and the pre-STIR Round the Rocks Race. We look forward to adding STIR to our annual circuit,” says Ron Boehm, who flies the Santa Barbara Yacht Club and Morro Bay Yacht Club burgees, and sails with a mix of family and friends from California, Colorado, and St. Croix.

Little Wing, the 52′ Perry/Antrim custom multihull. Courtesy Ron Boehm.

Get Ready, Get Set – Enter Today!

Enter the 50th STIR now (yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eid=16227). Pay only U.S. $400. Entry for IC24s is U.S. $340 and Hobie Waves is U.S. $200.

In addition to IC24s, Ondeck is offering its First 36.7, Blueprint, for whole boat charter and with new race sails, www.ondecksailing.com/st-thomas-international-regatta-stir/, or Email: antigua@ondecksailing.com. The J/120, J-aguar is available for charter from www.caribbeanraces.com, Email: mrbenjelic@gmail.com. LV Yachting, based in the UK, is offering five vessels for charter: Pata Negra (Marc Lombard IRC 46), El Ocaso (J/122), Panacea X (Salona 45), Emily of Cowes (Elan 450) and an XP50. To reserve, visit www.lvyachting.com or Email: chris.b@lvyachting.com

The STIR Website is regularly updated regarding race charter opportunities.

Strong Sponsor Support

STIR organizers thank the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, The Moorings, Ocean Surfari, Cardow, and K3 for their strong sponsor support.

For more information, visit www.stthomasinternationalregatta.com, Email: manager@stthomasyachtclub.org or Regatta Co-Director Pat Bailey at simpleislandboy51@gmail.com, or call (340) 775-6320. Check STIR out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/stirvi), Twitter @stirvi, and Instagram #STIRVI

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